Promoting partnership working in the NHS

Midlands & East Partnership Conference

The Midlands and East partnership conference took place on 4 April at Kettering Conference Centre. 

The audience for this event consisted of colleagues working across the Midlands and East region:

  • regional staff side reps
  • local staff side reps
  • HR colleagues from NHS organisations.

The conference programme focused on three themes with an overarching focus on partnership working:

  • staff health and wellbeing
  • developing a just and learning culture
  • staff engagement.

There were presentations from national speakers on the NHS long term plan and workforce strategy. In the breakout sessions delegates had the opportunity to hear about how local good practice from NHS organisations across the wider region have been developed in partnership.

Delegates had the opportunity to be:

  • Challenged - discussed regional and local challenges and talked about how they can be solved in partnership to support staff retention across Midlands and East.
  • Inspired - heard about good practice and local case studies to take ideas and learning back to their workplace.  
  • Connected - networked with colleagues from three regional SPFs as well as colleagues from local employers in the NHS.
  • Informed - found out about the latest best practice and hear national updates from Health Education England, the national SPF and the NHS Confederation.

To access the presentations from the day, please click the links below:

Plenary presentations:

Staff side response to the Long Term Plan – UNISON, MiP
Just and learning culture, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
The current policy context in the NHS, NHS Confederation
NHS staff survey 2018 results, NHS Confederation
Overview of the workforce implementation plan, Health Education England.

Breakout presentations:

Delivering compassionate casework, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
Staff health and wellbeing, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
Working together to reduce sickness absence, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Cultural ambassador programme, RCN; Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Flu campaign 2018/19, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust.

27 March 2018

The Midlands and East partnership conference took place on 27 March at Kettering conference centre. 

The conference programme focused on three themes with an overarching focus on partnership working:

  • staff retention
  • health and wellbeing
  • staff engagement. 

Delegates had the opportunity to be:

  • Challenged - discussed regional and local challenges and talked about how they can be solved in partnership to support staff retention across Midlands and East.
  • Inspired - heard about good practice and local case studies to take ideas and learning back to their workplace.  
  • Connected - networked with colleagues from three regional SPFs as well as colleagues from local employers in the NHS.
  • Informed - found out about the latest best practice and hear national updates from Health Education England, the national SPF and the NHS Confederation.

To access the presentations from the day, please click the links below:

Midlands and East partnership conference 2018
Partnership working to engage the workforce, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals 
Freedom to speak up: NHFT experience, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust 
Developing a compassionate attendance management approach in partnership, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 
Partnership working towards staff retention, Lincolnshire Community Health Services
Building trust through organisational development and working in partnership, East Midlands SPF.  

24 March 2017

The Midlands and East partnership conference was held on 24 March at Kettering conference centre. The conference explored how to make the Midlands and East region a great place for NHS staff to work, with a focus on partnership working and staff experience, health and wellbeing and STPs. 

Delegates attending were:

  • Challenged - discuss regional and local challenges and talk about how they can be solved in partnership to make Midlands and East NHS a great place to work. 
  • Inspired - hear about good practice and local case studies, take ideas and learning back to your workplace.  
  • Connected - network with colleagues from three regional SPFs as well as colleagues from local employers.
  • Informed - find out about the latest best practice and national thinking.

The conference programme focused on three themes: 

  • staff health and wellbeing
  • staff experience
  • the development of STPs in partnership.

You can take a look at the presentation from the conference.