Midlands and East SPF conference 2023

Join us for our Midlands and East Social Partnership Forum (SPF) conference on Monday 13 November 2023.
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General information

13 November 2023 09:30 - 15:30 GMT
Open to all
Event location
Eastwood Hall, Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG16 3SS

Partnership working for better outcomes for staff, patients, now and beyond

We’re excited to invite you to the first in-person conference for the region since 2020.

Join us as we consider the past, look at what’s happening in the NHS currently, and hear about innovative ways of working for the future.

Who the event is for

Staff side and HR colleagues working across the Midlands and East.

Topics include

  • Staff retention
  • National policy frameworks
  • Pregnancy loss policy
  • National SPF session

There will also be opportunities to network with your colleagues face-to-face over refreshments and hear about the work of the three regional SPFs across the Midlands and East.

This promises to be an interesting, engaging and informative event and we are looking forward to seeing you all there.


  • Time to arrive and register.

  • Our chair will open the event:

    • Alan Lofthouse, National Officer, UNISON
    • Alan Lofthouse, National Officer, UNISON

    Alan will provide an overview of the national Social Partnership Forum.

    • Nicola Fowler, Regional Engagement Lead, East of England 
    • Rachel Wright, Regional Engagement Lead, Midlands  
    • Maria Scott, ESR Senior Account Manager, NHS Business Services Authority

    In this session we will have an:

    • introduction to the future NHS workforce solution 

    • introduction to the new ESR standards.

  • Break for refreshments and networking.

Morning breakout sessions

    • Katharine Harris MCIPD, Head of Business Partnering, OD and HR Advice, Devon Partnership NHS Trust  
    • Jim Clawson, Chair of Staff Side, Devon Partnership NHS Trust  

    How reform to core HR policy enables a restorative, just and learning culture to thrive. 

    • Estephanie Dunn, Regional Director, Royal College of Nursing

    Short film about the learning post COVID.

    Presentation about the implications of the Michelle Cox case and equality impact assessments.

    Discussion about what this means for partnership working. 

12:30-13:20 Lunch break

Afternoon breakout sessions

    • Tanise Brown, Group Director of Organisational Development, Midlands and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust 

    Midlands and South Essex’s continuous improvement journey

    • Staff side and employer chairs of regional SPF

    In this session we will hear learning from the three regional SPFs: 

    West Midlands SPF 

    East Midlands SPF  

    East of England SPF 

Afternoon sessions

  • Break, refreshments and networking.

    • Fay Lane, National Programme Manager Apprenticeships, NHS England

     This session will look at:

    • What the implications are of increased numbers of apprenticeships.
    • How it might affect staff.  
    • How it affects employers.
  • Our chairs will close the event:

    • Alan Lofthouse, National Officer, UNISON
    • Elizabeth Cooke, Director of HR and Organisational Development (OD), Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust