South East

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

Priorities for 2023/24

  • Continued constructive partnership working on staff experience (health and wellbeing), NHS career pathways, just and learning culture, reducing violence and aggression (including sexual safety and domestic violence).
  • Recommitment and progression of the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda for the region in partnership.
  • Developing evidence for submission to the Pay Review Body on High Cost Area Supplement challenges for the region.
  • Continued engagement with the AgiLab research project on agile working.

Achievements in 2022/23

  • We continued positive and constructive partnership engagement on core priority areas during a period of sustained industrial action and shared ongoing work and achievements in our bi-annual regional bulletin.
  • We maintained meaningful engagement with NHS Employers and NHS England colleagues on core priority focus areas, including the Long Term Workforce Plan and the People Promise.
  • We supported the NHS HR and OD futures programme by establishing two workshop style groups to examine the current position, challenges and potential solutions of the NHS career pathway and compassionate leadership/just and learning culture to help understand what can be progressed in partnership across the region.
  • In collaboration with NHS Employers and the University of Sussex, we have continued to promote and facilitate best practice and research in agile working through academic and practitioner collaboration and knowledge exchange. We worked in partnership on the research studUnderstanding and reducing tensions between clinical and non-clinical staff in the NHS in relation to agile workingpublished November 2023.

Meet the team

  • Trade union co-chair – David McMullen, GMB 
  • Trade union co-chair – Michael Etheridge, UNISON
  • Management co-chair – Caroline Haynes, Chief People Officer, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
  • Management co-chair – Sandra Goatley, Chief People Officer, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust

Terms of reference

Read the SE regional SPFs terms of reference document.

Contact us

For further information please contact the South team.