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National Social Partnership Forum

The national Social Partnership Forum (SPF) brings together NHS Employers, NHS trade unions, NHS England and NHS Improvement, Health Education England, and the Department of Health and Social Care to contribute to the development and implementation of policy that impacts on the health workforce.

NHS Employers represents employer organisations in the NHS at the national SPF and its subgroups.

You can find more information on the national SPF on the SPF website.

Regional SPFs

NHS Employers' National Engagement Service (NES) facilitates partnership working at a regional level through co-ordination of the regional SPFs. 

Regional SPFs enable employers and trade unions to contribute to the implementation of policy that impacts on the health workforce in their region. These forums 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 regional SPFs, including how to get involved in your regional forum, is available on the regional SPF section of the SPF website.

HPMA Partnership Award 

The SPF sponsors the HPMA award for partnership working between employers and trade unions in the provision of health and social care. For more information on the award and to read case studies from finalists and winners see the SPF website

Resources on the SPF website to support employers


  • COVID-19 guidance for workforce leaders, including information on maintaining positive industrial relations and carrying out HR processes and organisational change during the pandemic. 
  • Case studies sharing learning and good practice, where employers and trade unions work in partnership to meet challenges and achieve agreed goals.
  • SPF staff transfer guide is an online toolkit designed to support staff who are facing transfer to providers of NHS funded services in England. It is an easy to use, practical guide to an individual's employment standards and rights.
  • Memoranda of Understanding set out the principles across four regions (North, South, Midlands and East, and London) which NHS employers sign up to for the redeployment of staff at risk of redundancy. These were agreed by employers and trade unions in the regional SPFs.

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