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23 November, London 

This year's conference will be held at TUC Congress House on Wednesday 23 November.  Please click through for more details and to register

MiP BLOG Fri 22 Jul 2016

 Maria Kane

“Our staff give people their lives back”

With disintegrating community support and tighter funding than ever before, mental health services are near to breaking point. Alison Moore asks one of the sector’s leading chief executives, Maria Kane, how she keeps the show on the road.

“Need goes up and finance in real terms is, at best, flat. You get to the crux where it is no longer doable. That’s where we are. It’s a balance between keeping as lean as we can but also keeping the goodwill of staff.”

MiP BLOG Fri 15 Jul 2016

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Please release me ...

Sometimes the NHS is hard to leave for the wrong reasons. Two senior managers tell Craig Ryan about their exhausting battle to secure redundancy rights and how MiP helped them to leave on the right terms.

We were stuck between a rock and a hard place, excluded from communications regarding the next steps for the organisation, but still without a decision about what was happening to us.

MiP BLOG Thu 16 Jun 2016

 Jeremy Baskett

New challenges for NHS leaders

The 2016 King’s Fund Leadership and Management Summit brought together current thinking on leadership and management in health and social care. MiP committee member Jeremy Baskett reports on a thought-provoking day.

A general theme throughout the summit was the recent change in management styles, moving from ‘hero’ managers, who tried to manage everything, to a ‘coaching’ style where you empower and lead others.

MiP BLOG Thu 19 May 2016

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An East End success story

When it comes to staff engagement, everyone talks the talk, but East London Foundation Trust is one of the few to walk the walk. Craig Ryan headed for Whitechapel to find out how they do it.

The killing of one mental health patient by another is fantastically rare. But within a year Roman Ward had seen another patient commit suicide with a plastic bag and a third die unexpectedly from natural causes. These three tragic deaths sparked a remarkable improvement drive founded on boosting the engagement and wellbeing of the trust’s staff.

MiP BLOG Mon 16 May 2016


When you need someone on your side…

Sloppy HR procedures aren’t just an admin problem – they cause real distress and do real damage to organisations. We spoke to one MiP member about how a vexatious complaint affected her – and how the union was able to help.

“I’ve been working in and around the NHS for 40 years, and I’ve never had a grievance against me. I was gobsmacked. It was completely out of the blue.”

NEWS Wed 04 May 2016

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All change please!

Ahead of the elections on 5 May, we asked three local journalists to give us the low-down on the big issues for the NHS in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The UK’s four health services may be going their separate ways, but change is a constant everywhere.

NEWS Sun 24 Apr 2016


Candidates asked to pledge on the future of the NHS in Scotland

MiP members contribute to the health and care debate in the Scottish Parliament election

'Our members have seen the increasing difficulties that NHS Scotland has had in meeting the Scottish peoples' aspirations for a first class NHS given the available budget. With an ageing population, rising drug and technology costs, and the legitimate rise in public expectation of quality care, this cannot and should not continue.'

NEWS Thu 21 Apr 2016

 Simon Stevens

Leading the NHS through an 'existential crisis'

Simon Stevens talks to MiP's Alison Moore about funding, reshaping health and social care for the 21st century and his personal crusade against obesity.

When Simon Stevens returned from America to lead NHS England two years ago, many managers saw him as someone who understood the NHS and could lead it through choppy waters. Two years on, those choppy waters have been whipped up by a force ten storm

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