Promoting partnership working in the NHS

SPF Sub Groups

From time to time, as appropriate, the SPF may establish subgroups to develop specific pieces of work or to look at particular issues in more detail. 

Workforce Issues Group (WIG) 

The Workforce Issues Group considers the workforce implications of system reform and develops tools and guidance to support change whilst ensuring that the NHS Constitution’s staff pledges are embedded in NHS policies and practice.

WIG is chaired by Jon Restell, staff side, Managers in Partnership, and Simon Arden-Davis, Department of Health and Social Care.

National Regional Group (NRG) 

The National Regional Group (NRG) was established in 2013 as an action arising from an SPF stocktake event. The aim of the group is to ensure the national SPF, the regional SPFs and arm’s length bodies have a co-ordinated approach to progressing policies and initiatives that impact on the workforce.

The meeting is chaired by Sara Gorton, Head of Health, UNISON, and Rebecca Smith, Director of Engagement, NHS Employers and includes representation from the Department of Health and Social Care, arm’s length bodies, NHS trade unions, NHS Employers and the staff side chairs of the regional SPFs. 

The group’s Term of Reference were last agreed in December 2018.