Promoting partnership working in the NHS

North of England SPF

The North of England SPF brings together management and staff side representatives on strategic workforce issues across the three sub regions in the North; Yorkshire and Humber, North West and North East.

Chairs

The North of England SPF is co-chaired by Charlie Carruth, regional organiser, UNISON and Lisa Crichton-Jones, Director of Workforce Transformation, North East and North Cumbria emergent Integrated Care System. 

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North SPF Joint Chairs Workshop 25 January 2019

On the 25 January 2019 the North SPF brought together the Joint Chairs of the three regional SPFs in the North (North East, North West and Yorkshire and Humber) for a workshop to focus on developing a better understanding of the changing landscape of the NHS and new organisational forms that are emerging. The meeting also gave the group an opportunity to review the terms of reference for all the regional SPFs and consider them in light of system changes and ensure they are fit for purpose.

The meeting welcomed several guest speakers including Rebecca Smith, Director of Engagement, NHS Employers who provided an update on the priorities for the national SPF and also the workforce implications of the Workforce Implementation Plan (part of the Long Term Plan). This allowed the chairs to consider how the national SPF priorities fit in with their regional SPF priorities and future workplan.

The afternoon focussed on different organisational forms and integrated working and the chairs heard from Jon Lenney, director of workforce and organisational development at Manchester Local Care Organisation, Phillip Marshall, director of workforce and organisational development at Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust, Jo Carr from Spectrum Health CiC and Joanne Walsh from Wakefield Council. Capsticks also joined the session to talk about the legalities of system change and staff portability.

The key comms for this meeting are available here along with presentations from the day: 

Wakefield Integrated Hub Presentation , Capsticks presentation, Making integration a reality in Manchester presentation  

To provide a modern partnership arena for an overarching confidential discussion and debate about the strategic issues affecting the NHS workforce.

In particular it will:

  • Contribute trade union and employer perspectives to the development and implementation of policy
  • Provide constructive comments on implementation at a formative stage
  • Contribute ideas on the workforce implications of the implementation of policy
  • Promote effective communications between partners, supporting the development of the Health and Wellbeing system in the North of England
  • Promote good practice across the North of England
  • Feed North of England views into national groups including Staff Council, the Social Partnership Forum and the Stakeholder Forum and to be the conduit for national feedback to the sub-regional SPFs
  • Contribute to the strengthening of commissioning within the North of England
  • To keep the patient at the centre of everything we do.

 

To enable effective operation of these partnership arrangements, the partners agree to recognise and respect each other’s roles and functions which are distinct but complementary.

The partners recognise that:

  • NHS organisations have responsibility for implementing national policy
  • Trade unions have a responsibility to represent and act in the interest of their members
  • Other stakeholders will have views which will need to be taken into account

Shared approach

This partnership agreement is underpinned by shared values and common purpose. In particular, partners:

  • have a shared commitment to continuous improvement, including access to high quality services and delivering value for money to the public
  • believe the NHS should promote good practice in all areas of staff management, including equality and diversity, staff development and a commitment to security of employment
  • agree that the NHS should take a collective approach to support staff that may be affected by service changes.

Principles for effective joint working

All partners recognise the importance of good formal and informal working relations, built on trust and shared responsibility, while still respecting difference.

All partners commit to adopt these principles in their dealings with each other:

  • Mutual respect
  • A positive and constructive approach
  • Early discussion of emerging issues and maintaining dialogue on policy and priorities
  • Openness, honesty and transparency in communications
  • Where appropriate, confidentiality and agreed external positions
  • Making the best use of resources.

The membership of the North of England SPF is as follows:

  • Management Side
  • Three Representatives from Clinical Commissioning Group Leadership.
  • Three HR Director Lead Employers representing the North East, North West and Yorkshire and Humber areas.
  • One HRD representing mental health trusts.
  • Local Government Employers Organisation Representative.
  • Commissioning support unit managing directors (x two).
  • NHS England Director.
  • North East, North West and Yorkshire and Humber Health Education England Managing Directors.
  • Public Health England Director.
  • NHS Trust Development Agency.
  • Head of Engagement, NHS Employers.
  • Staff Side - 15 Seats from recognised staff side organisations (a chair and a vice chair will be drawn from this group).

Key Stakeholders

Key stakeholders will be routinely invited to the North of England NHS SPF meetings. These stakeholders may include:

  • NHS Trust Development Agency Director – North.
  • National SPF members

North of England SPF meetings are held once a year, with short life task and finish groups formed as required for specific pieces of work. Members of the North SPF can access all papers for the meetings in the regional community area of the website.


The meeting dates for the North of England for 2019 are: 

 

25 January 2019 North of  England 9.30-3.30 MR1 and MR2, NHS Employers, 2 Brewery Wharf, Leeds, LS10 1JR
28 June 2019 North of England 10 – 3.30 (registration available from 9.30) Horizon, 3rd Floor, Brewery Wharf, Leeds, LS10 1JR

 

Please email engagementnorth@nhsemployers.org for further details.

On the 25 January 2019 the North SPF brought together the Joint Chairs of the three regional SPFs in the North (North East, North West and Yorkshire and Humber) for a workshop to focus on developing a better understanding of the changing landscape of the NHS and new organisational forms that are emerging. The meeting also gave the group an opportunity to review the Terms of Reference for all the Regional SPFs and consider them in light of system changes and ensure they are fit for purpose.

The meeting welcomed several guest speakers including Rebecca Smith, Director of Engagement who provided a national update, exploring the priorities for the national SPF and also updated on the workforce implications of the Workforce Implementation Plan (as part of the Long Term Plan). This allowed the chairs to consider how the national SPF priorities fits in with their own regional SPF priorities and future workplan.

The afternoon focussed on different organisational forms and integrated working and the chairs heard from Jon Lenney, Director of Workforce and OD at Manchester Local Care Organisation, about Manchester Local Care Organisation and Phillip Marshall, Director of Workforce & OD, Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust, Jo Carr from Spectrum Health CiC and Joanne Walsh from Wakefield Council who talked about the development of the Wakefield Integrated Care Hub. Capsticks also joined the session on the legalities of system change and staff portability.

The key comms for this meeting are available here along with presentations from the day.

North SPF Joint Chairs Workshop Key Communications - 25 January 2019 

For any information on the North of England SPF, or any sub-regional SPF’s, please contact:

North Engagement Team

NHS Employers

2 Brewery Wharf

Kendell Street

Leeds

LS10 1JR

Email: engagementnorth@nhsemployers.org

Twitter: @NHSE_Engagement

Tel: 0113 306 3000

Pam Johnson, retired Regional Head of Health for UNISON, Yorkshire and Humber talks partnership working

In this podcast, Pam reflects on her time as chair of North SPF and shares her views on partnership working. 

Pam has a long history of activism within the Labour movement and within trade unions. During her time she worked in the North and London and eventually came back to Yorkshire.  When working as part of the Social Partnership Forum, Pam put the skills she had developed heading up UNISON’s learning and organising services team to good use.  She is a committed trade unionist, and an excellent strategist who is able to take a pragmatic approach whilst maintaining focus on how best to achieve what needs to be done.