UNISON , head of health
Sara Gorton is UNISON’s Head of Health. UNISON is the major public service union in the UK with over 1.3 million members and is the largest health union with nearly half a million members working in and with the NHS.
She is staff side chair of the NHS Social Partnership Forum for England and the NHS Staff Council, leading the pay and bargaining programme for the 15 NHS trade unions and directing trade union input into England-wide policy on the NHS.
Sara has worked for UNISON since 2002. In addition to working on Agenda for Change since its implementation in 2003, she has worked on Mental Health nursing; Improving Working Lives; NHS Job Evaluation; Transforming Community Services, NHS Health and Social Care Act; NHS pensions; and Staff Engagement. Sara formerly held lead roles for UNISON Occupational Therapy members and for members working in the Ambulance Service.
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.
The UNISON team Sara manages delivers the union’s suite of work on NHS workforce policy; Agenda for Change terms and conditions; public-facing NHS campaigns; and occupation-specific work programmes.