There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating that effective staff engagement is essential in creating a positive culture of safe, compassionate care and is strongly linked to improving patient outcomes and organisational performance.
Nationally, the SPF brings together NHS Employers, NHS trade unions, Health Education England and NHS England and NHS Improvement and the Department of Health and Social Care, enabling trade unions and employers to be involved in workforce policy development from an early stage.
The SPF also works to promote partnership at all levels of the healthcare system, through the regional SPFs, the promotion of good practice case studies, and by signposting towards tools and resources that encourage and facilitate partnership working in organisations.
SPF Partnership Agreement
The agreement sets out a framework which describes the aims of the SPF, shared values and principles for effective partnership working
7 July 2022
Principles for ICB partnership machinery with recognised trade unions
These principles set out best practice for ICBS to set up and run joint negotiating and consultative machinery.
21 March 2022
National SPF Stocktake 2020/21
Read the findings of the internal National SPF stocktake of work undertaken in 2020/21.
22 September 2021
Workforce portability agreement for the COVID-19 response to supporting social care
The agreement aims to support temporary staff movement between NHS and social care organisations in Yorkshire & Humber.
1 August 2020
Partnership Behaviours Toolkit
An annual audit tool to assess how effective the forum is working in partnership to mutually meet all parties aims and objectives
27 January 2019