Promoting partnership working in the NHS

Meet The Team

Each of the main partners on the Social Partnership Forum (SPF), Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), NHS trade unions, NHS Employers, NHS England and NHS Improvement and Health Education England, nominate a lead to represent their organisation in Wider and Strategic Group meetings. The current leads are: 

  • Sara Gorton, National Secretary for Health at UNISON & Trade Union Chair
  • Danny Mortimer, Chief Executive, NHS Employers & Employer Chair
  • Lee McDonough, Director General, NHS
  • Helen Bullers, Acting People and Organisational Development Director, NHS England
  • Lee Whitehead, Director of People and Communications, Health Education England
  • Caroline Corrigan, National Director of People Strategy, NHS Improvement

In addition, the SPF has a supporting team (see below) carrying out the day-to-day work of the forum. This ensures that the partnership dialogue continues between formal meetings and agreed outcomes are delivered.

Peter Watson

SPF Admin and Comms Support Officer

Peter supports the day-to-day running of the SPF, its website and Twitter account.

Alan Lofthouse

National Officer, UNISON

Alan co-ordinates NHS trade union involvement in the SPF.

Andrew Morris

Head of Stakeholder Engagement, DHSC

Andrew co-ordinates DHSC involvement in the SPF, which includes providing the secretariat for the Wider and Strategic groups.