Promoting partnership working in the NHS

Supporting system change

The SPF is supporting effective partnership working in system transformation.

Developing the NHS People Plan in Partnership

Listen to our podcast, recorded at a SPF People Plan workshop, to hear Danny Mortimer (NHS Employers) in conversation with Sara Gorton (UNISON), Claire Sullivan (CSP) and Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe (Unite), on trade union involvement in the NHS People Plan.


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System change - jargon buster 

The SPF has produced a jargon buster and guide on system change. This guide is aimed at staff working across the NHS and the wider health and care system, to assist them with understanding new terminology and system improvement plans. It was last updated in September 2019.

If there is anything you think should be added to the jargon buster, please tell us by emailing

SPF staff transfer guide

The staff transfer guide is an online tool to support staff who are facing transfer to providers of NHS funded services in England.

The guide sets out the implications of the transfer on a staff member's pay, pension and terms and conditions and the employment standards staff have the right to expect wherever they undertake NHS funded work.

Partnership working in developing integrated care

In May 2016, the national SPF wrote a letter to the leads of the STP footprints regarding partnership working and staff engagement in the STPs.

Guidance for social partnership working in developing and implementing new care models and system transformation was published in September 2016. The guidance builds on the letter from the SPF to STP leads and aims to support the development of partnership arrangements at cross organisational/new care model and regional level - to facilitate effective system change. 

HR transition documents

Guidance that was developed in partnership to support the transition arising from the Health and Social Care Act 2012, has been republished and is now available on the SPF website. This contains useful good practice, which could be used in future transition exercises. 

Work shadowing between healthcare professionals

New guidance to facilitate shadowing exchanges between professions was published in August 2019. The guidance was produced by NHS England and medical royal colleges with input from DHSC, the RCN and the BMA. It details how to implement the Wessex Model, which was developed by Wessex based GPs: Dr Sally Ross and Dr Pritti Aggarwal. Access the guidance on NHS England’s website.