North SPF conference: partnership in action

Join us to celebrate success, advance our understanding of health inequalities and our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
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General information

1 March 2024 10:00 - 15:00 GMT
Open to all
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The North SPF Conference 2024 will provide a welcome opportunity to connect and share best practice. The conference's focus is to continue working together to address health inequalities and promote equality, diversity and inclusion in support of the regional workforce population.

Why attend

  • Hear presentations of successful case studies from the North region and national keynote speakers. 
  • Celebrate the work done so far and reaffirm our commitment to further enhancing our collective efforts in this area. 
  • Network with colleagues and hear how they are tackling challenges across the North region.  

Who should attend

The invitation is open to all North SPF members, HR directors, regional staff side representatives, local HR and trade union colleagues. We are looking to get a good balance of staff side representatives and employers. 

How to book

Secure your place by using our online form. 


We are committed to hosting an inclusive and accessible event that enables everyone to attend and engage fully.   

Horizon has induction loops installed, accessible toilet facilities, and assistance dogs are welcome.  

Should you have any additional needs please email in advance of the event. 

Contact us

We look forward to seeing you for our first in-person North SPF Conference since 2019. In the meantime, if you have any queries, please contact us at

Find out more about the Social Partnership Forum (SPF) regions on the SPF website.


This programme is subject to change.

  • An opportunity to catch up with colleagues and grab a drink.

  • Aims and purpose of the North SPF Conference. 

    Charlie Carruth, Regional Organiser, UNISON
    Mike Gibney, Chief People Officer, The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust 

  • Exploring the broader health inequalities context, the link to workforce and partnership working. 

    Roger Kline, Research Fellow, Middlesex University Business School

  • Scene setting for the day and reflection on the role of the SPF at national/regional level to improve health inequalities and equality, diversity and inclusion.  

    Danny Mortimer, Chief Executive, NHS Employers (management side)
    Helga Pile, Acting Head of Health, UNISON

  • Take time out for refreshments and networking.

  • An overview of the current and future regional workforce, including regional demographics; linking health inequalities to supply and attendance.

    Derek Marshall, Associate Director Workforce Planning and Information, NHS England
    Rachel Baillie-Smith, Deputy Director for People, NHS Humber and North Yorkshire ICB 

  • If you have any dietary requirements please let us know in the booking form.

  • Celebrating successes and opportunities for the region on health inequalities and EDI. 

    -    Zero Tolerance, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    -    Surrogacy and fertility 

    Mano Jamieson, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
    Claire Ingle, Head of HR, Operations and Resourcing, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust

  • Take time out for refreshments and networking.

  • Participate in a Q&A session with our legal partners Capsticks on topics such as neurodiversity, menopause and transgender legal issues. Facilitated by NENC SPF chairs.

    Alistair Kernohan, Partner, Capsticks
    John Hatton, Principle Associate, Capsticks 


  • Raising awareness of the in-region opportunities for supporting the hard of hearing workforce and understanding the spectrum of deafness. 

    Matthew James, Head of OD – Staff Experience (NEY region), NHS England 

  • Opportunities to work in partnership to address health inequalities and equality, diversity and inclusion.

    Charlie Carruth, Regional Organiser, UNISON
    Mike Gibney, Chief People Officer, The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust