Promoting partnership working in the NHS

SPF Bulletins

The SPF bulletin is issued quarterly and provides information on the latest news and developments from the SPF and its subgroups. Partners should share the bulletin with their wider membership networks.

We welcome feedback on the bulletin and input into future bulletins, we are particularly keen to include good examples of partnership working from regional or local SPFs. If you have examples of good practice or case studies that you think would be useful to share with SPF colleagues, please send an email marked good practice to: webenquiries@socialpartnershipforum.org.

 

  • September 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 (ACS), as well as summaries from the latest 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 latest 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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  • August 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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  • June 2017

    The June edition of the 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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  • April 2017

    The April edition of the SPF bulletin, features updates from the SPF Wider Group on 21 March and the Embedding Partnership Working Group meeting on 6 March. Take a look at the write up from 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 WIG is continuing to take forward the work on tackling bullying in the NHS: a collective call to action - find out more in Aprils SPF bulletin.

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  • February 2017

    The February edition of the SPF bulletin, features updates from the SPF Strategic Group on 16 February, the SPF Sustainability and Transformation Plans workshop on 25 January, the apprenticeships workshop held on 31 January and the 7-day services subgroup meeting. Find out how your organisation can get involved in the collective call to action to tackle bullying in the NHS, and read an update on the Seen and Heard e-learning package. Information is also available on the North SPF partnership conference held on 20 January.

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  • December 2016

    The December edition of the SPF bulletin features updates from the SPF Strategic Group, Embedding Partnership Working Group and National Regional Group. Find out about the work being done by the Workforce Issues Group to help tackle bullying in the NHS, including the collective call to action which has been signed by the SPF Minister and employer and trade union co-chairs. Read about the launch of the HPMA Awards 2017, and download our flyer to encourage and promote entries to the SPF sponsored partnership award. There is an update from the Devon STP Partnership Forum and you can find their terms of reference on the SPF website.

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  • October 2016

    The October edition of the SPF bulletin features updates from the SPF Wider Group on 20 October and the Workforce Issues Group, including the proposals they are taking forward to tackle bullying and harassment in the NHS. There is some information on the Truth Project, which enables victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to share their experiences with the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. You can also take a look at the SPF portfolio of evidence of impact, which shows where the SPF has made a difference since summer 2015 and the latest version of the SPF action log.

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  • September 2016

    The September edition of the SPF bulletin, features updates from the SPF Strategic Group, Workforce Issues Group, Embedding Partnership Working Group and the meeting between SPF members and the CQC Chief Inspectors. Read the guidance that has been developed for social partnership working in developing and implementing new care models and system transformation. Take a look at the learning for life resources on the SPF website and the four regional SPF memoranda of understanding, and listen to a podcast, featuring Danny Mortimer, employer chair of the SPF, talking about the workforce of 2020.

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  • July 2016

    Welcome to the July edition of the SPF bulletin. Find out how to get involved in the #LoveOurEUStaff campaign and take a look at the refreshed SPF Partnership Agreement. Read updates from the SPF Wider Group, SPF Strategic Group, Workforce Issues Group National Regional Group and the Embedding Partnership Working Group. Also find out about how the SPF proposals to help tackle bullying and harassment in the NHS are progressing and partnership working in New Care Models.

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  • June 2016

    Welcome to the June edition of the SPF Bulletin. Read about the SPFs current proposals to help tackle bullying and harassment in the NHS, including an interactive breakout session at NHS Confederation conference on Thursday 16 June, where you will be able to hear more about these proposals. Find out about the work of the SPF Workforce Issues Group and the newly developed Staff Trasfer Guide. Read two recently published case studies which show great examples of partnership working in the NHS from Liverpool CCG and North West TUC unionlearn about their More Independent project and Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust on their initiative to tackle bullying and harassment. Please also take a look at the recently developed SPF inforgraphic.

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  • March 2016

    Welcome to the March edition of the SPF Bulletin. Take a look at the new improved interactive SPF infographic, the recently published SPF Staff Transfer Guide and the SPF proposals to tackle bullying and harassment in the NHS. There are also key updates from the SPF Wider Group, Embedding Partnership Working Group, SPF meeting with the CQC chief inspectors and the Shared Delivery Plan/Five Year Forward View workshop. Please also take a look at the National and Regional SPF Action logs, which provide a useful summary of all the work going on both nationally and regionally.

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  • February 2016

    Welcome to the first SPF Bulletin of 2016. Find out how to enter the 2016 HPMA Awards, as once again the SPF sponsor the partnership award. Take a look at the newly published Staff Transfer Guide which is an easy to use,practical guide for staff transferring in and out of the NHS. There are key updates from the SPF Strategic Group, Workforce Issues Group and Embedding Partnership Working Group. You can also read the SPF's response to the 2015 Staff Survey Results.

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  • December 2015

    Welcome to the December edition of the SPF Bulletin. Read about the SPF Wider Group meeting that took place on 20 October and the SPF Strategic Group on 11 December. There are also updates about the Workforces Issues Group (formerly Staff Passport Group), the Embedding Partnership Working Group, the National Regional Group, the launch of the 2016 HPMA awards and the new SPF infographic.

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  • September 2015

    Welcome to the September edition of the SPF Bulletin. Read about the SPF Strategic Group that took place on 8 September, as well as an update from the Embedding Partnership Working Group. there are also updates about the healthy workplace initiative that was announced by Simon Stevens earlier in the month and a case study showing exemplar partnership working at Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust.

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  • SPF Bulletin - July 2015

    Welcome to the July edition of the SPF Bulletin. Read about the SPF Strategic Group that took place in June, and the SPF Wider Group in July. There are also updates from the 2015/16 flu fighter campaign, the SPF sub groups, the SPF dementia awareness workshop and the HPMA Partnership Award 2015.

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  • May 2015

    Welcome to the May edition of the SPF Bulletin. Read about the SPF Strategic Group workshop, which took place on 22 April. There are also updates from the Embedding Partnership Working Group, the SPF meeting with the CQC and NHS London's annual Partnership conference. Find out about Dementia Awareness week and 'Draw the line' campaign.

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  • HPMA Awards Special

    Welcome to the HPMA Awards Special SPF Bulletin. Read about the winner of the 2015 SPF sponsored award for partnership working with employers and trade unions, and the other two finalists. Listen to the podcast of all three finalists talking about their work, how they worked in partnership and the challenges they faced.

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  • March 2015

    Welcome to the March edition of the SPF Bulletin. Read about the SPF Strategic Group, which took place on 4 February, as well as the SPF Wider group on 24 February. There are also updates from the Staff Passport Group, Embedding Partnership Working Group, National Regional Group and some new features on the SPF website. Find out how to enter the HPMA Awards and the SPF sponsored Partnership Award.

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  • December 2014

    Welcome to the December edition of the SPF Bulletin. In this issue read more about the SPF Strategic Group which took place on 8 December, along with an update from the Staff Passport Group and the first Yorkshire and Humber SPF sub-group meeting which took place in November. You can also find out about the launch of the 2015 HPMA awards and the 2015 SPF Stocktake review. We also say Hello to Danny Mortimer, Chief Executive at NHS Employers and Goodbye to Pam Johnson, Trade Union Chair of the North SPF, who will be retiring at the end of the year.

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  • November 2014

    Welcome to the November edition of the SPF Bulletin. Read more about the SPF Wider Group meeting which took place on 21 October, along with an update from the meeting which took place between the CQC and SPF members in September. Give your views on new guidance to help care professionals share information to improve care and the Framework to Action published by the National Information Board. There is also an update from the South Regional SPF.

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  • October 2014

    Welcome to the third SPF bulletin of 2014. Find out about the SPF Strategic Group meeting which was held on 23 September, along with updates from the Staff Passport Group, Embedding Partnership Working Group and the Flu Fighter Campaign. You can also find out about the new case studies on the SPF website, which focus on good partnership working in the NHS.

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  • July 2014

    Read July’s bulletin from the Social Partnership Forum (SPF). It contains a full round-up of all the latest news including brand new guidance on staff engagement and partnership working; newly published joint national guidance on local partnership working on health and safety; updates from the Staff Passport Group, the Embedding Partnership Working Group, the Wider Partnership Group and much more.

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  • June 2014

    Welcome to the second SPF bulletin of 2014. Read about the National SPF Strategic group meeting, which took place on 11 June. Discussions were centred on 7 day services, NHS finances, CSU’s and safe staffing. The Embedding Partnership Working Group are working on the 2014 Stocktake report, focussing on the progress made since the 2013 Stocktake event, last July. A new partnership working case study also features in this months bulletin, around the development of the North West Social Partnership Forum.

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  • March 2014

    In our first new style bulletin of 2014, read about the issues discussed at the National SPF meeting, which was held in March, the launch of the new SPF website, NHS Staff Survey Results, NHS Friends and Family test and the work of the SPF sub-groups.

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  • August 2013

    This is the third bulletin of 2013. Since the last bulletin, published in May, the SPF has continued discussions on the findings of the Francis Inquiry Report into Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and the Government response 'Putting Patients First'. A Francis subgroup of the SPF was set up in June. One of its aims is to maintain a focus on the culture change required to ensure compassionate care is delivered across the NHS. The SPF Stocktake event took place on 2 July in London, which focussed on embedding regional partnership working into the new NHS architecture. The event proved to be successful and the evaluation report is currently being drawn up.

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  • May 2013

    This is the second SPF bulletin of 2013. Since the last bulletin, the SPF has been dominated by discussions on the publication of the Francis report into the events at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. The HR Transition Partnership Forum has also come to an end, with the work of this subgroup now complete. This year the SPF stocktake event 'Better Together - improving patient care through regional social partnerships’, will focus on embedding regional partnership working in the new system, and plans for the day are currently being progressed.

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  • February 2013

    This is the first SPF bulletin of 2013. Since the last bulletin, the SPF has welcomed a new chair, Dan Poulter, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health. The SPF has also welcomed two new members: Ian Cumming, Health Education England, and Jo Wass, NHS Commissioning Board.

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  • July 2012

    This is the third SPF bulletin of 2012. Since May the SPF has published an updated version of the Staff Passport Toolkit and the final version of the SPF Stocktake Report. The HR Transition Partnership Forum has continued to be closely engaged on key HR transition workstreams; a new website has been set up to support the people changes taking place across the health and social care system.

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  • May 2012

    This is the second SPF bulletin of 2012. Since January the SPF has published a refreshed Partnership Agreement between health unions, employers and government, and a Members' Handbook to support both current and new members of the national SPF and its sub-groups. The passage of the Health and Social Care Bill marks the beginning of a new phase in the transition process as work moves from planning and preparation to implementation on the ground. Through the HRTPF subgroup, the SPF has continued to be actively engaged in the HR transition activity. 

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  • January 2012

    With 2012/13 being the final year of transition to the new commissioning and management system for the NHS, it’s set to be a busy year for SPF and its partners.

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  • July 2015

    Welcome to the July edition of the SPF Bulletin. Read about the SPF Strategic Group that took place in June, as well as the SPF Wider Group in July. There is also updates from the 2015/16 flu fighter campaign, the SPF subgroups the SPF Dementia awareness workshop and the HPMA Partnership Award.

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