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Sara Gorton

Head of Health
UNISON

Sara Gorton is UNISON’s Head of Health. UNISON is the UKs biggest trade union and has around half a million members working in and with the NHS, with active representatives across the whole range of healthcare organisations.

She is staff side chair of the NHS Social Partnership Forum for England and the UK NHS Staff Council, leading the pay and bargaining programme for the 15 NHS trade unions and directing trade union input into England-wide workforce policy on the NHS. Recent projects include the refresh of the Agenda for Change pay system and work to influence the NHS People Plan.

Sara has worked for UNISON since 2002. In addition to working on Agenda for Change since its implementation, she has led work on Mental Health legislation; Improving Working Lives; NHS Job Evaluation; Transforming Community Services, NHS system legislation; NHS pensions; and Staff Engagement. Sara was previously responsible for organising UNISON Occupational Therapy and Ambulance Service members.

Prior to joining UNISON, Sara worked for Connect Public Affairs and the Royal College of Nursing. She is a graduate of the University of Birmingham.

Sara manages a team who deliver UNISON’s work on NHS workforce policy; Agenda for Change terms and conditions; public-facing NHS campaigns; and occupation-specific work programmes. This currently includes work on violence, car-parking, racial equality, safe staffing and positive work culture.
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