National SPF achievements in 2022/23

Learn how we supported social partnership working in the NHS and effective employer/trade union involvement in policies with workforce implications.

25 April 2023

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Improving policy development and implementation

We contributed to:

Supporting the NHS workforce

  • We co-developed the Violence Prevention and Reduction (VPR) Standard: Guidance through the Violence Reduction Subgroup (VRS). This was jointly branded NHS and SPF and was published in June 2022. The guidance supports the delivery of the VPR Standard. We have also been involved in the refresh of the VPR Standard that took place in early 2023. Once published, the refreshed standard will provide a more user-friendly resource for NHS organisations to ensure they are protecting their staff and meeting the requirements of health and safety legislation. 
  • We continued to add links to resources on a dedicated web page on the SPF website, which can be used by employers in the NHS to support the health and wellbeing of their staff.
  • We updated HR Framework FAQs, which were developed in partnership with our Transition Partnership Group (TPG). The TPG also agreed a further set of FAQs. Both FAQs supported the workforce element of the transition arising from the Health and Care Act 2022, with staff moving from clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to integrated care boards (ICBs). See our supporting system change web page for the FAQs.
  • Along with regional SPF representatives, we contributed to the development of a local people policies framework and the first two national people policies, which cover pregnancy and baby loss, and menopause. These good practice policies can be adopted by NHS organisations, resulting in improved ways of working and better support for staff. 
  • Through our Workforce Issues Group, we supported NHSE to develop a team wellbeing guide. This was published on the NHSE website in April 2023.
  • We supported NHS Employers and the Job Evaluation Group of the NHS Staff Council with the development of Guidance for ICBs on Job Evaluation and Equal Pay.

Promoting good practice partnership working

Partnership products

Statements from the national SPF

SPF communications

Our regular communications include:

  • Monthly SPF bulletins to communicate information about the work of the SPF and key workforce developments.
  • Key comms from the Wider Group meetings. 
  • Creating and sharing content on Twitter @NationalSPF.

SPF reviews

  • We undertook an evaluation on how successfully the TPG supported the movement of staff from CCGs to ICBs. An ICS TPG evaluation report summarising the review’s findings was published on the SPF website in October 2022.
  • We completed a heat check on the national SPF in 2022. The resulting heat check report, which includes recommendations on how the national forum could improve how it operates, was published in January 2023.