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 

The Workforce Issues Group (WIG) 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 Gavin Larner, Department of Health and Social Care.

National Regional Group 

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 Terms of Reference were last agreed in December 2018.

Violence Reduction Subgroup

This subgroup was set up in 2019 as an action from the WIG. The aim of the subgroup is to take forward actions in partnership to support NHSE/I in the development of the NHS violence reduction strategy.

The 2018 and 2019 NHS staff survey results highlight the need for action to prevent and tackle violence and abuse against staff from patients and the public by creating a culture of safety. SPF partners are contributing to the development of the tackling violence strategy and related work.

The subgroup is chaired by Anthony Jackson, Organisational Development Lead, NHSE/I and Alan Lofthouse, National Officer, UNISON and includes members from the WIG.

The subgroup’s Terms of Reference were agreed in September 2019.

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