Promoting partnership working in the NHS

West Midlands SPF

West Midlands SPF

The West Midlands Social Partnership Forum (WMSPF) is a partnership between NHS organisations in the region and regional trade union representatives. It mirrors and supports the national arrangements for partnership working on the workforce implications of policy. 

The role of this forum is to work in partnership and involve employer and staff organisations in meaningfully considering future changes and identifying the workforce implications of these.  It enables frank debate and exchanges regarding the development of the NHS workforce across the West Midlands. 

The forum is co-chaired by Julia Ellis, Royal College of Midwives and Alan Duffell, Director of HR, Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.



The meetings will be co-chaired, alternatively (where practical), by nominated/elected staff side lead and nominated employer individual with understanding of strategic workforce implications of policy change from the West Midlands NHS service providers (for example director of HR).

· Representation from each staff organisation listed in the national partnership agreement.  

· Staff side and employers will aim to identify vice-chairs

· Representation from Health Education West Midlands 

· Representation from NHS Employers

· In circumstances where absence is unavoidable, the above members may send a named deputy who can represent the relevant organisation 


West Midlands Social Partnership Forum meetings are held quarterly and are jointly chaired by management and union representatives.

Dates of meetings for 2017 are:

14 March 2017 11.30 - 1.30 TBC
16 June 2017 11.30 - 1.30 Strathallan Hotel, Birmingham
15 September 2017 11.30 - 1.30 St Chads Court, Birmingham
15 December 2017 11.30 - 1.30 St Chads Court, Birmingham

UPDATE: Please note that regional SPF meeting dates for 2017 may still be subject to change. If you have anything you wish to be raised at the meetings or if you would like any further information, please contact: engagementmidlands&