North East North Cumbria

Find out more about the North East North Cumbria SPF.
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The North East North Cumbria (NENC) SPF was set up by employers, trade unions and NHS Employers' North engagement team.

Priorities for 2022/23

  • Health inequalities and the role of the NHS as an anchor organisation.
  • Staff health and wellbeing.
  • Supporting and influencing the development of the NENC Integrated Care System and Provider Collaborative.

Achievements for 2021/22

  • A joint response to the consultation on mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for frontline NHS members of staff was issued to the Department of Health and Social Care.
  • A joint response to the revoking of the vaccination as a condition of deployment in February 2022.
  • A regional statement on people recovery was issued in August 2021, asking employers to commit to working in partnership with their trade unions on supporting the wellbeing of staff.
  • The joint chairs had fortnightly virtual meetings to share issues and information in real-time, to allow for connection on workforce policy and issues.

Meet the team

  • Trade union co-chair - Terry Johnstone, Regional Organiser, UNISO
  • Trade union co-chair - Adele Heeley, Regional Coordinator, BMA
  • Management co-chair - Karen O'Brien, Director of People and Development, North East Ambulance Service
  • Management vice-chair - Rachael Metcalf, Human Resources Director at South Tees Hospitals

Contact us

For further information on the NENC SPF, please contact the North Team.

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