The SPF groups and subgroups bring together trade unions and arms length bodies to develop and implement policy in the health and care sector.
A Unison demonstration.

The SPF groups were set up to provide a place for trade unions, employers, arm’s length bodies, and the government to talk in partnership.

The Wider Group is the senior SPF group, under which sits the SPF Strategic Group.

The SPF subgroups report into the Strategic Group and the Strategic Group can commission existing or new subgroups to take forward agreed priority work or projects.

We currently have two operational subgroups working on priority areas for the health and care sector. A third subgroup, the ICS Transition Partnership Group, was a task and finish group and had its last meeting at the end of June 2022.

The graphic below shows the structure of the SPF and how its groups interact.  

Promoting partnership working in the NHS

How we do partnership

Learn more about the history of the SPF and the benefits of partnership working for employers, staff, patients and service users.

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