Promoting partnership working in the NHS

HPMA Partnership Award



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Each year the SPF sponsors and judges the Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA) award for partnership working between employers and trade unions, to identify, reward and promote excellent partnership working.

Included below, are links to the case studies from partnership award winners:


The 2020 SPF partnership award went to North Bristol NHS Trust, for their Red Card to Racism campaign. High levels of racist abuse at the trust were having an impact on individuals, teams, and ultimately, patient care. A campaign was developed in partnership to engage staff with current policy and ensure their voices would be heard on the matter. Effective partnership working enabled this campaign to land well with staff, resulting in increased reporting, higher levels of staff confidence in anti-racism processes, more effective action being taken and improved staff engagement in general.

Hillingdon NHS Foundation Trust won for their Developing a people strategy in partnership. An award winning combination of positive mindsets, effective working relationships and full scale staff engagement saw trust and staff side colleagues at Hillingdon working in partnership to develop a new people strategy that addressed issues that were important to staff. See the HPMA Partnership Awards 2019 web page for more information on the 2019 winners.

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust won for their initiative Implementation of a just and learning culture. The award winning campaign saw trust and staff side colleagues working in partnership to improve the disciplinary process and create an open and honest culture where learning is shared. For more information on the 2018 winners see the HPMA Partnership Awards 2018 web page

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust worked in partnership to develop A new attendance policy, a new approach to people management, a person-centred approach to managing sickness procedures. Listen to this podcast where the four finalists from 2017 talk about their winning projects and the challenges faced. See the HPMA Partnership Awards 2017 web page for more information on the 2017 winners.

Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for their exemplar See something, say something campaign. 

Guys and St. Thomas NHS Foundation Trust for their exemplar management development programme Passport to managementYou can also listen to a podcast where the three finalists from this years awards, talk about their winning projects and the challenges they faced.

Business services organisation and trade unionsfor their project which used a partnership approach to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender inclusive workplaces.

Developing an integrated Health and Social Care Partnership for West Dunbartonshire.

Read the Bradford District Care Trust Learning disabilities transition programme case study which won the partnership award in 2012.

Back to basics partnership principles work for NHS Norfolk.

St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust - Building a respectful and passionate workplace.