Promoting partnership working in the NHS

North SPF – Working in partnership to tackle the wicked issues - 2017


The North SPF held their bi-annual conference on 15 September 2017 in Horizon, Leeds. The conference called Working in partnership to tackle the wicked issues focused on  shifting the balance of care from hospital to community, the pressures on the workforce and financial constraints around this and the new roles that are being developed to support the new ways of working.

Chaired by Charlie Carruth, Regional Officer, Unison and Rosie Johnson, Executive Director of Workforce and OD, Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS FT, the conference was attended by 53 delegates including HR directors, trade unions, clinical commissioners and other key stakeholders.


The conference also included a Q&A panel session with Phil McCarvill, Phillip Marshall and Helen Buckingham, together with an update from the North East SPF, North West SPF and Yorkshire and Humber SPF sub groups on their tackling bullying call to action work. 

The following actions will be taken forward by the North SPF:

  • To provide local staff side with skills development to assist their understanding of what is happening in the wider system. The North SPF will ask the national SPF to consider investing in a development day for local staff side/managers, where they can come together to think about system change and being change ready.
  • The complexity of further system change and the creation of lots of different groups and acronyms (e.g. ACS, ACO, LCOs etc.) is causing confusion within the system. The North SPF will update the system change jargon buster to reflect the new organisations and systems. 

You can find more information about the day in the key communications from the event.