Promoting partnership working in the NHS

Regional SPF

The arrangements of the national Social Partnership Forum (SPF) are broadly replicated at a local level via the regional social partnership forums. 

The role of the regional SPFs has become increasingly prominent and integral to the delivery of national policy through partnership, often being named as the route for delivery and assurance. 

There have been significant changes to the structure of the NHS and partners will need to adapt to maintain partnerships through challenging times. However we believe this can and should be done. 

For an overview of the work and priorities of the regional SPFs you can download the regional SPF factsheet. This is a useful resource for sharing at meetings, events and conferences. 

The engagement teams

The engagement teams from NHS Employers support the regional SPFs. There are four teams supporting four regions: the North, the South, the Midlands & East, and London. These teams work closely with HR Director network chairs and regional steering groups to support the delivery of HR Director network meetings and ongoing engagement. The Heads of Engagement for each are:

  • Rebecca Smith (Director of Engagement)
  • Jane Raven (Engagement North)
  • Liz Gambrell (Engagement South)
  • Gayna Deakin (Engagement Midlands & East)
  • Bernadette El-Hadidy (Engagement London)

The purpose of the Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) is to set out the principles across the four regions, 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.

The four MoU can be accessed below:




Midlands and East - please visit the three regional Midlands and East web pages.

The action log is a summary of the work of the Regional SPFs.

The latest version of the action log and summary sheet is February 2017.