Promoting partnership working in the NHS

Priority Areas

The Social Partnership Forum (SPF) is committed to working together to support the NHS to deliver its priorities, in partnership. As a result our priorities reflect those of the NHS, with a focus on workforce matters.

Our work and priority areas

Tackling Bully NHS SPF

Tackling bullying in the NHS: a collective call to action
The SPF is committed to encouraging and supporting senior leaders in NHS organisations to work in partnership with their trade union colleagues, to take further action to tackle bullying in the NHS.


staffThe Francis Inquiry - key messages
We are continuing to work collectively in response to the findings and recommendations of the Francis Report to maintain a focus on staff engagement.


Flu FightersFlu Fighter campaign
In partnership with NHS Employers we work to increase the uptake of the flu vaccination among front line NHS staff to protect patients in their care. 


Learning For LifeLearning for Life
We are committed to embedding a culture of learning across the NHS. Last year we tasked NHS Employers to work with NHS Trade Unions, DH and Skills for Health to deliver a campaign to increase awareness of workplace learning.


Nhs ConstitutionConstitution
The NHS Constitution and Handbook were revised to reflect the reformed health and care system post-April 2013. The SPF remains committed to the aims set out in the NHS Constitution to improve patient care through positive staff engagement.


The Social Partnership Forum endorses the Whistleblowing Helpline and also produced a guide, Speak up for a healthy NHS, on how to implement and review whistleblowing arrangements within the workplace.


NHS UCLH DAY 1 STAFF 0005 11554NHS Staff Survey
The NHS staff survey is the single biggest staff engagement event for the NHS. It demonstrates an ongoing commitment to the importance of listening and acting on the views of staff. 


NHS UCLH DAY 1 STAFF 0108 11560Health and Wellbeing
To deliver high quality patient care, the NHS needs staff that are healthy, well and at work. Looking after the health and wellbeing of staff directly contributes to the delivery of quality patient care.


The SPF Staff Transfer Guide is an online toolkit designed to support staff who are facing transfer to providers of NHS funded services in England. 



Supporting system change
The SPF is supporting effective partnership working in system transformation, including changes arising from new care models, integrated care and the Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs).