The Social Partnership Forum (SPF) offers employers in the NHS the opportunity to discuss, debate and influence the development and implementation of policies that impact on the health workforce.
HPMA Awards 2014 - SPF award for partnership working
Do you have an example of excellent partnership working with trade unions? If you do, then why not enter it for the SPF sponsored HPMA award for partnership working. This is an ideal opportunity to showcase and reward successful partnership working which has delivered real benefits. For more details see the SPF website.
News from the latest national SPF meeting
At the National SPF 26 November 2013 future ways of working for the national SPF; the government’s further response to the Francis Public Inquiry Report; NHS pension access for staff working in independent sector organisations; NHS Services Seven Days a Week; the NHS Staff Survey and Staff Friends and Family Test and also HEE's national workforce plan were some of the issues discussed.
The SPF currently has three subgroups which focus on specific workforce related issues:
Staff Passport Subgroup - this subgroup considers the workforce implications of system reform.
The group is currently engaged on the workforce aspects of a number of policy areas including pricing, procurement, any qualified provider, NHS Pension Scheme access for non-NHS organisations providing NHS clinical services and the New Fair Deal.
Embedding Partnership Working Subgroup - this subgroup works to support, encourage and promote partnership working in the NHS.
Francis Subgroup was set up in June 2013 with the aim to maintain an overview of the workforce issues arising from the Public Inquiry into Mid Staffordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Government’s response to the report’s recommendations; to consider approaches to supporting the effective implementation of prioritised recommendations and to maintain a focus on the culture change required to ensure compassionate, effective care is delivered consistently across the NHS.
There are a number of regional SPFs that enable employers and trade unions to contribute to the implementation of policy that impacts on the health workforce in their region. These forums also allow members to feed in views to the national SPF and other national committees such as the NHS Staff Council; facilitate the sharing of ideas and best practice and enable a collective approach to resolving regional workforce issues. More information on the SPF in your region is available on the SPF website.
Partnership Working in action
Good practice case studies of partnership working are available on the SPF website including:
Developing an integrated Health and Social Care Partnership for West Dunbartonshire which won the 2013 SPF sponsored HPMA partnership award. This case study sets out how partnership working helped establish integrated community based health and social care services.
Developing partnership arrangements between employers and trade unions in clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Suffolk which details the process used in the establishment of a partnership forum in two CCGs in Suffolk - Ipswich & East Suffolk CCG and West Suffolk CCG.
If you have a similar case study of effective partnership working that you think would be worthwhile showcasing on the SPF website, please email details to: email@example.com
Season flu campaign to increase the number of health workers, with direct patient access, getting vaccinated against seasonal flu.
Learning for life campaign to increase the amount and quality of workplace learning for staff across the NHS.
Background to the SPF
There are three wider group meetings a year chaired by Dr Dan Poulter, Parliamentary Under Secretary State for Health; Christina McAnea (UNISON) is the trade union chair; Dean Royles NHS Employers chair and Charlie Massey (Director General for External Relations) the Department of Health chair. Health Education England and NHS England are also members of the national SPF.
In addition there are four strategic group meetings a year, involving NHS Employers, Department of Health, NHS England, Health Education England and NHS trade unions, where the strategic agenda for the SPF is discussed and workload agreed and allocated to the relevant SPF subgroup, regional SPFs or additional working group.
Update from the national SPF meetings
Key communications are published following the national wider group meetings which give a summary of what was discussed and actions agreed. These along with other updates from the SPF are available on the SPF website key communications and events webpage.
2012 Partnership Agreement
In February 2012, the chairs of the SPF, including Dean Royles on behalf of NHS Employers, signed a Partnership Agreement which describes partners' shared values and principles for joint working.
Employer representatives involved in the work of the SPF include:
- Dean Royles, Chief Executive, NHS Employers
- Karen Charman, Director of Engagement, NHS Employers
- Ann Macintyre, Director of Workforce, Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
- Harry Hayer, Director of Organisation, People and Performance, North Bristol NHS Trust
- Steven Ned, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development, Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust
- David Farrelly, Director of Workforce and Strategy, East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust
- Andrew Maloney, Director of HR and Governance at Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
- Raj Bhamber, Director of Organisational Development & Communications at Medway NHS Foundation Trust
- Jacqueline Docherty, Chief Executive, West Middlesex University Hospital
- Simon Whitehouse, Chief Officer NHS South Cheshire CCG and NHS Vale Royal CCG