Promoting partnership working in the NHS

Latest Updates

  • SPF bulletin- September 2019

    Thursday, September 26, 2019

    The September edition of the SPF bulletin features updates from the September Strategic Group meeting and information about the joint NHS Employers and acas conference focusing on building the best place to work. You can also find out about a new addition to the SPF website - an interactive regional map and take a look at the recently updated jargon buster.

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  • SPF bulletin July 2019

    Thursday, July 25, 2019

    The July edition of the SPF bulletin features updates from the July wider group meeting and information about the SPF's priorities. You can also find out about the recent interim people plan workshop and the annual North SPF conference together with details of the latest updates to the SPF website and view the Just and learning culture tool from Mersey Care.

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  • Wider Groups Key Comms- 15 July

    Wednesday, July 24, 2019

    Members of the SPF wider group discussed the NHS People Plan and how the SPF is being involved. Hillingdon Hospitals NHS FT showcased their HPMA award winning partnership strategy to developing a People Strategy. The Call to Action 2-years-on report Creating a Culture of Civility, Compassion and Respect was agreed.

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  • Dying to work campaign

    Tuesday, July 16, 2019

    The TUC's Dying to Work campaign has produced a voluntary charter for individual employers to sign. It commits employers to support, protect and guide staff following a terminal diagnosis. Find out more.

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  • SPF Bulletin-June 2019

    Thursday, June 13, 2019

    The June edition of the SPF bulletin features updates from the May SPF Strategic group meeting and the winner of the SPF HPMA 2019 partnership working award. Information from the combined WIG and NRG meeting and recent updates to the SPF website. You can also read information on the facility time reporting and the financial cost of bullying calculator.

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  • HPMA Partnership Award 2019

    Friday, June 7, 2019

    See all the latest news from the 2019 HPMA Awards ceremony, including who won the SPF sponsored HPMA Partnership Award, case studies from finalists and a podcast.

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  • Interim NHS People Plan

    Friday, June 7, 2019

    Members of the SPF were involved in developing the Interim People Plan, which was published 3 June 2019, take a look at their response.

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  • Volunteering Charter

    Thursday, May 9, 2019

    Helpforce and NHS trade unions have published a volunteering charter. The charter shows how volunteers can make a valuable contribution to the NHS in England, without undermining paid staff or affecting patient safety.

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  • Wider Group Key Comms- 18 March

    Tuesday, April 16, 2019

    The meeting covered a range of issues including: the NHS Long-term plan and the associated workforce implementation plan, the NHS Staff Survey 2018, EU Exit update and the violence reduction strategy being led by NHS Improvement. Cheshire and Mersey SPF also presented on the benefits of place-based partnership working.

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  • SPF Bulletin April 2019

    Thursday, April 11, 2019

    The April edition of the SPF bulletin features updates from the March SPF wider group meeting, information on the HPMA finalist and recent updates to the SPF website. You can also read two new case study's from East Midland's and North East regions.

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  • East Midlands SPF Case Study

    Tuesday, April 2, 2019

    Read the new case study from East Midlands SPF about how to implement new ways of working through an organisational approach to become more productive and efficient.

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  • SPF Bulletin February 2019

    Thursday, February 28, 2019

    The February edition of the SPF bulletin features the SPF's response to the NHS Staff Survey 2018 and updates from the SPF Strategic Group. You can also find information on 2018 WRES data, the North SPF joint regional meeting, recent updates to the SPF website and how to register for the An NHS workforce for the future bulletin.

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  • Creating positive cultures posters 2018

    Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    The posters share useful information and good practice examples of work being done by organisations across the NHS to tackle bullying and create positive workplace cultures.

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  • SPF Bulletin-December 2018

    Thursday, December 13, 2018

    The December edition of the SPF bulletin features updates from the SPF Strategic Group and SPF Wider Group meetings. The bulletin also features the launch of the 2019 HPMA awards, and details of how you can submit an entry for the SPF sponsored partnership award. You can also read information on how to register for our webinar on positive workplace culture on the 29 January.

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  • Wider Group - key comms - 17 October 2018

    Wednesday, November 7, 2018

    Matt Hancock, secretary of state for health and care, joined the SPF wider group meeting on 17 October and spoke about his priorities for health and care. The meeting also covered, the Long Term Plan, wholly owned subsidiaries, the flu fighter campaign, tackling violence and the ambulance sector partnership forum.

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  • SPF bulletin - September 2018

    Thursday, September 27, 2018

    The September edition of the SPF bulletin features updates from the SPF strategic group meeting and the Workforce Engagement/Experience Workshop, together with details of the Secretary of State's Talk Health and Care portal, where health and care staff can share their views. Read more in the September edition of the SPF bulletin.

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  • Wider Group key comms - 10 July 2018

    Thursday, July 26, 2018

    SPF's Wider Group met on 10 July. Sara Gorton, trade union chair, welcome Caroline Dinenage, minister of state for care and the new ministerial chair of the SPF. The meeting covered a range of issues including: Agenda for Change pay reform, NHS workplace culture, and NHS England's nursing recruitment campaign. MerseyCare NHS Foundation Trust also presented on their just and learning culture initiative.

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  • SPF bulletin - July 2018

    Thursday, July 26, 2018

    The July edition of the SPF bulletin features updates from the SPF strategic group and workforce issues group (WIG). Also featured is an insight into how the North East SPF was created.

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  • HPMA Awards 2018

    Monday, June 11, 2018

    Read about the 2018 HPMA Awards ceremony, including case studies and a podcast from our finalists and the overall winner of the SPF award for partnership working: Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust's implementation of a just and learning culture.

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  • SPF bulletin - May 2018

    Tuesday, May 22, 2018

    The May edition of the SPF bulletin features updates from the SPF Strategic Group and SPF Workforce Issues Group (WIG). Also featured is SPF's tackling bullying priorities for 2018/19, and NHS England's staff health and wellbeing framework. Read more in the May SPF bulletin.

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  • Wider Group key comms - 15 March 2018

    Friday, April 20, 2018

    SPF's Wider Group met on 15 March. The meeting covered a range of issues including: NHS Staff Survey 2017 results, creating positive cultures and the Flu Fighter campaign. Read more to find out what else was discussed.

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  • SPF bulletin - March 2018

    Tuesday, March 27, 2018

    The March edition of the SPF bulletin features an update from the SPF Wider Group, the SPF response to the 2017 NHS Staff Survey results and the national and regional SPF response to the draft workforce strategy for health and social care. Also featured is the latest version of the SPF jargon buster which supports NHS staff to understand system change terminology, and you can read about the SPF Strategic Group visits to Integrated Care Systems. Read more in the March SPF bulletin.

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  • SPF bulletin - February 2018

    Friday, February 23, 2018

    The February edition of the SPF bulletin features an update from SPF Strategic Group, and a new case study which highlights social partnership working in Bedfordshire, Luton, and Milton Keynes. The bulletin also features resources and support for raising concerns (whistleblowing) and the indicative timetable for implementation of the Workforce Disability Equality Standard. You can also find out about the deadline extension for entries to the HPMA partnership award, and see how to apply. Read more in the February edition of the SPF bulletin.

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  • Creating positive cultures summit

    Tuesday, February 6, 2018

    The SPF held the creating positive cultures summit on 28 November 2017. Bringing together NHS employers, ALB's and trade unions to reflect on the first year of the call to action, and set priorities for the year ahead. Resources from the summit are now available to download from the call to action web page, including summit notes and posters which showcase the excellent tackling bullying initiatives that have been developed by trusts over the last year.

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  • SPF bulletin - December

    Tuesday, December 19, 2017

    The December edition of the SPF bulletin features an update from SPF Strategic Group, Embedding Partnership Working Group (EPWG), an update on the latest SPF meeting with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The bulletin also features the launch of the HPMA awards 2018, and details of how you can submit an entry for the SPF sponsored partnership award. You can also read about the SPF creating positive cultures summit, as well as the SPF's social media campaign for #AntiBullyingWeek. Read more in the December SPF bulletin.

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  • Workforce Strategy - for consultation

    Monday, December 18, 2017

    The Social Partnership Forum (SPF) is pleased with the strong commitment from senior NHS leaders to a co-ordinated and candid approach to workforce issues and that this is reflected in the draft workforce strategy published 13 December 2017. Partners on the SPF welcome the collaborative way the strategy was produced and that there will be a lengthy consultation period, which will give us the opportunity to fully digest the document and agree a considered SPF response by the deadline of 23 March.

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  • HPMA Partnership Award 2018

    Tuesday, November 28, 2017

    The HPMA Excellence Awards 2018 recognise and reward outstanding work in healthcare human resource management. This year the SPF is proud to once again sponsor the partnership award. This prestigious award recognises examples of partnership working between employers, trade unions and other stakeholders, in the provision of health and social care.

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  • SPF Wider Group - 18 October 2017

    Tuesday, November 7, 2017

    Read about the latest SPF Wider Group meeting, which covered progress with the Workforce Race Equality Standard; the 2017/18 Flu Fighter campaign; plans to celebrate the NHS's 70th birthday; and system change and partnership working in Dorset accountable care system (ACS).

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  • SPF bulletin - November

    Thursday, November 2, 2017

    The November edition of the SPF bulletin features a summary of the SPF wider group which took place on 18 October, the latest national and regional SPF priorities, and details for the SPF’s twitter account launch. You can find the latest SPF national action log, DOCAS guidance, and an update following the Health Education England (HEE) consultation. The bulletin also features NHS Employers Flu Fighter campaign and details of how your organisation can sign up to join the #jabathon thunderclap.

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  • SPF bulletin - September

    Friday, September 29, 2017

    The September edition of the SPF bulletin features updates from the SPF Strategic Group on 5 September, details of strategic group visits to accountable care systems, as well as summaries from recent Workforce Issues Group meetings. You can find the latest version of the SPF members handbook, and read about the SPF’s key achievements from 2016-17. The bulletin also features updates on the work to tackle bullying and create positive workplace cultures, and details on how you can book your place on the health and care women leaders network conference.

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  • SPF bulletin - August

    Tuesday, August 1, 2017

    The August edition of the SPF bulletin features updates from the SPF Wider Group on 11 July and the SPF Strategic Group on 27 June, as well as summaries from the latest Workforce Issues Group meetings. You can find updated pension access and New Fair Deal FAQs and download the new NHS Staff Council guidance on apprenticeships. The bulletin also features updates on the progress of the SPF’s tackling bullying work, including links to good practice case studies on supporting a positive culture in NHS organisations, and a review by the BMA on workplace bullying and harassment of doctors and how this could be addressed.

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  • SPF Wider Group - 11 July 2017

    Monday, July 31, 2017

    Read about the latest SPF Wider Group meeting where ministerial chair Phillip Dunne conveyed a message that he would continue to prioritise improving patient safety and patient outcomes, performance to improve NHS finances, and workforce issues, including taking forward the SPF's tackling bullying initiative. The group also welcomed Sara Gorton to her first meeting as the new NHS staff side chair of the SPF.

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  • HPMA Awards 2017

    Monday, June 26, 2017

    Read about the HPMA Excellence Awards 2017, including case studies and a podcast from our finalists and the overall winner of the SPF award for partnership working - A new attendance policy, a new approach to people management, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals.

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  • SPF Bulletin - June 2017

    Monday, June 12, 2017

    This SPF bulletin features details of the SPF stand on the Workforce Village at Confed17, the announcement of the 2017 finalists for the SPF sponsored HPMA award for partnership working, and a new case study highlighting West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust's successful initiative to tackle bullying. You can also read about our new resource, System change - jargon buster, an update to the Staff Transfer Guide, and finally we have added some new resources to the tackle bullying in the NHS web page.

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  • SPF Bulletin - April 2017

    Friday, April 7, 2017

    This SPF bulletin features updates from the latest SPF Wider Group and the Embedding Partnership Working Group meetings. Take a look at the write up from the London and Midlands and East partnership conferences. There is also an update on the 2016 NHS Staff Survey results and the 7 Day Services SPF subgroup. The Workforces Issues Group is continuing to take forward the work on tackling bullying in the NHS: a collective call to action - find out more in this edition of the SPF bulletin.

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  • SPF Bulletin - February 2017

    Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    The February edition features updates from the SPF Strategic Group, the SPF Sustainability and Transformation Plans workshop, the 7-day services subgroup meeting and the apprenticeships workshop. Find out how your organisation can get involved in the collective call to action to help tackle bullying in the NHS, get an update on the Seen and Heard training initiative and information on the North SPF partnership conference held on 20 January.

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