Promoting partnership working in the NHS

North SPF - Building a great place to work - 2019

The North SPF held their annual conference on the 28 June 2019 in Horizon Leeds.

The conference focused on building a great place to work, staff health and wellbeing, retention and reward and staff experience in the NHS. 

The conference was chaired by Charlie Carruth, regional officer for unison and staff chair for the North SPF, and Lisa Crichton-Jones, director of workforce transformation for the North East and North Cumbria ICS and management chair of the North SPF.

61 delegates attended including HR directors and deputy HR directors, trade unions, clinical commissioners, key national stakeholders and local authority colleagues.

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Presentations and speakers

  • National context of staff experience in the NHS - Danny Mortimer, chief executive, NHS Employers gave an update on the Interim People Plan (IPP), national developments, and suggestions on things organisations can do locally to improve staff experience and make the NHS the best place to work. 

  • The Northumbria Way - Judith Stonebridge, Consultant Public Health, Northumbria Healthcare NHS FT and Neil Summers, UNISON presented on their approach to health and wellbeing. Northumbria Healthcare take an interesting approach to looking at their health and wellbeing, and their focus is from a health inequalities point of view. Their approach and model provides targeted interventions that support staff in the right way.

  • Equality, diversity and inclusion - Cheshire and Merseyside (C&M) STP partnership forum - Chris Samosa, HR strategic lead, C&M Health and Care Partnership and Jean Blevin, staff side lead, The Walton Centre presented on the work of the successful C&M STP SPF. The presentation focused on the recently established equality, diversity and inclusion task and finish group, which was set up. They looked at their staff survey data to find the region has a disproportionate number of senior leads from BAME backgrounds, and the high levels of bullying, abuse reported from staff. They wanted to raise the profile of this work, ensuring all staff feel valued and have equal opportunity, have an equal voice and can speak up about their concerns.
  • Social and organisational partnership to support the Flu campaign - Natalie Threapleton, senior infection prevention nurse from Bradford District Care Trust and Stan Cutcliffe, senior nurse infection control from Leeds and York Partnership about their local flu campaigns. They spoke about the different approaches used to increase uptake, including education and myth busting sessions, attendance at team meetings, events and a wider range of communication channels.
  • Juice Limited - Our Juice Journey - Andy Dodman and Gary Butterfield, Juice Ltd presented on their digital health and wellbeing platform which supports organisation to bring together all health and wellbeing initiatives under one umbrella for staff to access. The five ways of wellbeing developed by the New Economics Foundation is an integral part of their work. They spoke about the work they are doing with an STP in London around the development of a collaborative health and wellbeing offer.
  • Reward in the NHS - Rachael Armistead, head of reward at NHS Employers facilitated a session were groups were asked to discuss and think strategically about reward in the NHS, making links to the IPP which talks about the NHS being the best place to work. Colleagues broke off into group to explore some of this using the NHS Employers reward strategy toolkit to aid their discussion.

Delegates interacted and participated using Slido to submit questions and interact with the speakers. There was a buzz of twitter activity using the hashtag #buildingagreatplacetowork.

Please read the key communications and evaluation summary from the event.

The next North SPF annual conference will be on 1 May 2020 and will be held in Leeds.