Unions and employers renew NHS partnership agreement

Fri 09 Sep 2016

The Social Partnership Forum has published a "refreshed" partnership agreement, which set out how the partners will work together to tackle the biggest challenges facing the NHS

The Social Partnership Forum (SPF), which brings together unions and employers in the NHS in England, has published a “refreshed” partnership agreement, which sets out how the partners will work together tackle the biggest challenges facing the NHS.

Under the agreement, NHS England, Health Education England and NHS Improvement have now joined the SPF, alongside the Department of Health, NHS Employers and the trade unions on the NHS staff side, including MiP.
The agreement says that the SPF supports “strong and effective partnership working at a local level with the overall aim of improving outcomes for patients and supporting staff to deliver high quality care”. It points to a “growing body of academic evidence” showing high levels of staff engagement lead to better outcomes and experiences for patients and improve organisational performance.

The agreement binds partners to support the basic principles or the NHS, including maintaining a uni-versal service free at the point of use, accountability to Government and regulators, and a commitment to high quality services and continuous improvement. The partners also agree to work in partnership to avoid redundancies and support staff hit by service changes “at the earliest opportunity”.

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