Promoting partnership working in the NHS

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  • SPF bulletin - October 2020

    Thursday, October 15, 2020

    The October bulletin features a wrap up of this year's HPMA awards, guidance on the NHS COVID-19 App, and highlights the National Guardian's Speak Up Month.

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  • Wider Group Key Comms - 30 September

    Tuesday, October 13, 2020

    At this meeting of the Wider Group, partners discussed legislation to support the implementation of the Long Term Plan, received an update on national work to protect BME staff during the pandemic, and Somerset NHS FT spoke on work being done in their region to support and protect BMA staff.

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  • HPMA Awards 2020

    Friday, October 2, 2020

    Read the latest news from the HPMA Awards 2020 and take a look at our winner and finalist case studies.

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  • SPF Bulletin - September 2020

    Monday, September 14, 2020

    The September edition of the SPF bulletin features a new report from the Health & Care Women Leaders Network, resources to support delivery of this winter's flu vaccination programme, and updates from SPF meetings from the last month.

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  • SPF bulletin - August 2020

    Thursday, August 13, 2020

    The August edition of the SPF bulletin includes our response to the NHS People Plan, plans for the winter flu programme and a call for ideas around reducing bureaucracy in health and social care.

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  • SPF Wider Group 29 July 2020

    Wednesday, August 12, 2020

    In this meeting of the SPF Wider Group, partners received the headlines from the NHS People Plan, an update on the NHSEI work programme to address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on BME staff, and heard the latest on the COVID-19 test and trace app.

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  • SPF Bulletin - July 2020

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020

    The latest SPF bulletin includes an update from the Violence Reduction Subgroup, resources to support staff health and wellbeing and an infographic showcasing SPF achievements over the last year.

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  • Wider Group Key Comms - 1 July

    Monday, July 20, 2020

    This 1 July Wider Group featured updates on the NHSEI work programme addressing the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on BAME staff, the test and trace programme, and PPE strategy.

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  • SPF Industrial Relations Statement

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020

    The national SPF statement has been revised to the reflect the gradual return to more normal ways of working in the NHS. Read the statement for more infomration.

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  • June 2020 bulletin - issue 2

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020

    This second June edition of the SPF bulletin features an updated industrial relations statement, a podcast on award winning partnership working from Hillingdon, as well as information on recent meetings and resources to help during the pandemic.

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  • Wider Group Key Comms - 17 June

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020

    The 17 June meeting of the SPF Wider Group enabled partners to engage with leaders working on Test and Trace programme, the supply of PPE and protecting BAME staff.

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  • Wider Group key comms - 3 June

    Monday, June 15, 2020

    At this Wider Group meeting, the group discussed restoration of non COVID-19 services, the disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on BAME communities and the NHS staff health and wellbeing programme.

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  • HPMA Award 2019 - Winners Podcast

    Monday, June 8, 2020

    The SPF has produced a podcast on Hillingdon Hospital NHS Foundation Trust's people strategy. This strategy was the winner of the HPMA 2019 SPF award for partnership working between employers and trade unions. In the podcast, you can listen to how the people strategy at Hillingdon has benefitted the trust and staff working there.

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  • June 2020 bulletin - issue 1

    Monday, June 1, 2020

    This first June 2020 issue of the SPF bulletin features updates from the 19 May COVID-19 SPF engagement group and the 20 May Wider Group, chaired by Helen Whately. There is also COVID-19 specific guidance on risk assessments for staff, indemnity for NHS staff working in care homes, the life assurance scheme and overtime payments.

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  • Wider Group key comms 20 May

    Monday, June 1, 2020

    The 20 May meeting of the Wider Group was chaired by Helen Whately. The group discussed how the NHS is supporting care homes, the progress of the testing strategy, the PPE program, and risk assessment guidance and engagement with all vulnerable staff.

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  • May 2020 bulletin - issue 2

    Monday, May 18, 2020

    This second May edition of the SPF bulletin features updates from Wider Group and two COVID-19 SPF engagement group meetings, a summary of the testing briefing held on 1 May, and more resources to help NHS workers and workforce leaders during the pandemic.

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  • Wider Group key comms 6 May

    Thursday, May 14, 2020

    In this 6 May meeting, the Wider Group met to discuss data which shows COVID-19 having a disproportionate impact on people from a BAME (Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic) background, testing strategy,feedback from the SPF testing briefing held on 1 May and the national effort to ensure supply and production of PPE.

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  • Wider Group key comms 22 April

    Thursday, May 14, 2020

    This Wider Group meeting was the first to welcome Helen Whately, a member of parliament for health and social care and the ministerial chair of the SPF. Partners reflected on the Personal Protective Equipment briefing held on April 21, the establishment of the Nightingale hospitals and accessibility to testing.

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  • May 2020 bulletin - issue 1

    Friday, May 1, 2020

    This May bulletin features updates from the wider group, workforce issues group and two COVID-19 SPF engagement groups, as well as further resources and information to support the workforce and leaders during the pandemic.

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  • SPF key messages on PPE

    Friday, May 1, 2020

    On 21 April, the SPF held a workshop on personal protective equipment (PPE). The workshop enabled partners to meet with experts and get answers to key questions on the supply of PPE and the level of PPE that should be used in specific clinical procedures. Read the key messages from the workshop.

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  • April 2020 bulletin - issue two

    Thursday, April 16, 2020

    This second April bulletin features information on the changes the SPF is making to its working arrangements during COVID-19, updates from new working groups, as well as resources to support the workforce and leaders during the pandemic.

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  • NHS Employers and Trade Unions joint statement

    Wednesday, April 1, 2020

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) poses enormous challenges for the NHS workforce. As a result, partnership working in organisations may need to be streamlined and organisational change, employment processes and industrial disputes put on hold. Read how the SPF is responding to these challenges.

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  • April 2020 Bulletin

    Wednesday, April 1, 2020

    The April edition of the SPF bulletin features updates on February and March SPF meetings, as well as featuring key updates on the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

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  • Wider Group Key Comms - 19 March

    Thursday, March 26, 2020

    The latest SPF Wider Group meeting was held virtually on 19 March. It focused almost exclusively on the coronavirus situation. Prof Keith Willett, Medical Director, Acute Care and Preparedness and National Strategic Incident Director for COVID-19 for the NHS, provided an overview of current planning and response in the NHS, and Gavin Larner and Angie Walsh from DHSC provided an overview of departmental planning around workforce issues.

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  • SPF bulletin- January 2020

    Wednesday, January 22, 2020

    The January edition of the SPF bulletin features information on how to enter the 2020 HPMA award for partnership working and an update from the recent strategic group and violence reduction meetings.You can also find information on the Yorkshire & Humber SPF statement on leadership development in the NHS.

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  • SPF bulletin- November 2019

    Tuesday, November 19, 2019

    The November edition of the SPF bulletin features the launch of the 2020 Health People Management Awards. Information on the SPF people plan workshop and NHSE/I core offer feedback portal. Updates on the new BMA mental wellbeing resource and information on how to apply for the NHS Whistleblowers' Support Scheme.

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  • 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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