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 2023/24

  • We will focus on establishing the role of the NHS as an anchor organisation and improving health inequalities.
  • Staff health and wellbeing.
  • Supporting and influencing the development of the NENC integrated care system and provider collaborative.

Achievements for 2022/23

  • We committed to exploring the implementation of the real living wage across health and social care organisations in the region.
  • We committed to exploring a regional absence policy with NHS England’s growing occupational health programme. The aim is to establish consistent standards and approaches across the region and suggest ways to better support staff. 

Meet the team

  • Staff side co-chair - Ian Fleming, Regional Organiser, Unison
  • Staff side co-chair - Denise McLaughlin, Senior Regional Officer, RCN
  • Management side co-chair - Rachael Metcalf, Human Resources Director at South Tees Hospitals
  • Management side vice chair - Lesley Hodge, Associate Director of Operational Delivery and Resourcing, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

Contact us

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