Promoting partnership working in the NHS

HPMA Partnership Award 2017

The HPMA Excellence Awards have been recognising and rewarding outstanding work in healthcare human resource management for over 25 years. This year the SPF once again sponsored the partnership award, recognising examples of partnership working between employers, trade unions and other stakeholders, in the provision of health and social care.

The 2017 HPMA Excellence in HRM Awards ceremony was held on Thursday 22 June in London, at the Tower Grange Hotel with Simon Fanshaw the host and presenter for the evening. The ceremony was a celebration of the excellent work going on in human resource management across the UK. Guests honoured the winners and this year the President’s Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement went to Elaine Way, Chief Executive Officer, Western Health and Social Care Trust (previously a HR director involved with agenda for change negotiations). Phillip Marshall, Director of Workforce and Organisational Development, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, who is a member of the Yorkshire and Humber SPF, was named HR Director of the year. The SPF passes on its congratulations to them and all the award winners and finalists.

The 2017 SPF partnership award went to Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for their initiative A new attendance policy, a new approach to people management

The award winning campaign promotes a new approach to people management within the trust, empowering managers and providing a more positive experience of the attendance management process for staff.   

Judges said "This year's winner of the SPF partnership award is a great example of the difference that can be made in an organisation when employers and trade unions work together in partnership to tackle important issues that could adversely affect staff, the overall performance of the organisation and ultimately patients. Norfolk and Norwich were deserving winners of the SPF sponsored partnership award, a category that had a number of very high quality entries in 2017, I would like to congratulate them on behalf of SPF. Absence management could potentially be a thorny area for employers and trade unions but they have shown that working together in shared endeavour really works for everyone."

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 The team from Norfolk and Norwich

Congratulations to the other three finalists for their excellent initiatives - The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn for Learning in partnershipNorth Staffs Combined Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust for Feel Good Friday and Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust for Reasonable Adjustments Passport 

Share learning from our four finalists projects by reading their case studies on the SPF case studies web page.

Hear our finalists talking about their winning projects and the challenges they faced and resolved by listening to their interviews in our podcast below.


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