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23 November, London 

This year's conference took place at TUC Congress House on Wednesday 23 November.  Please click through for highlights from the day.


Fri 31 Mar 2017

 NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens speaking at MiP's 2015 conference

NHS staff need more support to deliver latest reform plans

The union for senior NHS managers gives its first reaction to 'Next Steps on the Five Year Forward View'

NHS managers are worried that the quality of care will go backwards and waiting lists will get even longer. Savings and improvements are always possible and desirable, but there’s no escape from the central fact that the NHS needs more funding.

Wed 30 Nov 2016

 management trainees

MiP welcomes Hunt's vote of confidence in NHS management

Managers in Partnership (MiP) today welcomed the speech by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to the annual conference of NHS Providers.

"The ten-fold increase in the number of non-clinical management trainees by 2020 is bold. Good for Hunt. It is a vote of confidence in general management, HR, finance and other disciplines in the NHS. As ever, the devil is in the detail and we look to the Secretary of State to follow up his warm words with action."

Tue 04 Oct 2016


Trust chair pay rises will go down badly with NHS staff, says managers' union

MiP responds to changes in remuneration for non-employee board posts in the NHS

'We have no problem in principle with pay reviews for hard to fill non-employee trust chair posts. But we do have a problem with the failure to use the same approach for NHS staff.'

Thu 31 Mar 2016


NHS management remains leanest in the world

MiP responds to media reports of the latest NHS workforce headcount

'Managers are a key part of quality healthcare, and the frontline needs a strong back office supporting it. We should reject those who seek to divide the two. It is a false choice.'

Thu 24 Mar 2016


Strong, stable leadership means good care, says managers' union

MiP comments on the report into Liverpool Community Health Trust

'A positive workplace culture means good care for patients and service users. As the union for NHS managers we are committed to help the trust do things differently.'

Tue 08 Mar 2016


Pay award fails to value NHS staff, says managers' union

MiP responds to today's report from the NHS pay review body

The award of 1% from 1 April 2016 fails to make up for years of pay restraint, loss of real term earnings and higher pension contributions.

Fri 19 Feb 2016


Share responsibility for change with staff and the public, urges NHS managers’ union

MiP responds to the Shared Delivery Plan: 2015 - 2020, published today by England's Department of Health

‘England’s fragmented system has understandably taken time to get its act together. But it must now play catch up on workforce. Even now no national body has a director for NHS workforce. What does that say?’

Thu 11 Feb 2016


Huge mistake to impose contract on junior doctors, warns managers' union

MiP responds to today's government announcement

'Imposition of the contract will damage the vital good will of junior doctors, long after the eventual end of this dispute. The government's approach also poisons the well of generally good industrial relations across all NHS staff groups.'

Fri 05 Feb 2016


Carter report is not the last word on NHS costs or funding, says MiP

The union for senior healthcare managers responds to the final report of the Carter Review

MiP welcomes the report but warns it will not bridge the gap in health and care funding. The union also expresses fears that the review may lead to a loss of valuable management skills and capacity, precisely when they are needed to deliver efficiency.

Wed 25 Nov 2015


False economies define spending review

Commenting on the Spending Review, MiP chief executive Jon Restell said

'Ministers have created a false division between direct patient care and other NHS functions. NHS services are delivered by one team working together – frontline services depend on back office staff to deliver safe and effective patient care. Kick the back office and the frontline gets bruised.'

Wed 03 Jun 2015


Playing politics with headlines about executive pay just adds to the problem

MiP chief executive Jon Restell responds to the Secretary of State's letter on executive pay

‘Stable, well-motivated leadership is critical for safe, effective patient care. Yesterday’s letter, particularly its tone, does nothing to encourage hospital bosses. Our members will not be interested in merely pumping up another political football.’

Mon 20 Apr 2015


Top pay in the NHS in England – the facts

MiP chief executive Jon Restell debunks the myths in today’s Daily Mail

'The Daily Mail campaign fails to highlight the main problem with NHS boardroom pay, which is the 20% vacancy rate in important jobs on hospital boards and the widespread use of expensive interim managers to plug gaps.'

Tue 03 Mar 2015


MiP members overwhelmingly reject government pay offer

MiP calls on the government to think again and show respect for the valuable work done by managers

MiP chief executive Jon Restell said: 'We call on the government to value managers and amend its offer at this late stage to pay managers fairly and consistently with other NHS staff. Our members keep the show on the road for staff and patients in a complex and demanding walk of life. They deserve respect through a fair pay settlement.'

Wed 25 Feb 2015


NHS staff survey gives warning over pay

The 2014 NHS staff survey results for England were published yesterday

MiP chief executive Jon Restell said: ‘The staff survey shows that despite the pressures building on everyone in the NHS, the level of support given to staff by line managers has improved. But it also shows a big drop in satisfaction with pay – a warning the Government should heed.’

Thu 04 Dec 2014


Health leaders call on politicians to treat NHS managers with respect

MiP and Health Service Journal challenge ‘scapegoating’ of NHS managers

Leading clinicians and patient campaigners have joined us to call for a change in attitude towards NHS managers during the run-up to the general election, claiming “unfair criticism is “damaging to the interests of patients.”

Mon 24 Nov 2014


Health workers start second week of action for fair pay

MiP and other NHS unions call on Hunt to treat NHS workers fairly

It’s not easy for NHS workers to take strike action – but it’s the only way to get our message across. The Government should listen to the independent pay review bodies and pay NHS staff a fair pay rise – they did it for other public service workers.

Wed 21 May 2014


Invest in skills of line managers to tackle poor performance

MiP welcomes the results of the King’s Fund 2014 survey of NHS leadership

‘The survey shows that we need to invest urgently in the skills of line managers so they can nip problems in the bud, embrace difficult conversations and challenge poor performance’ said MiP chief executive Jon Restell.

Wed 02 Apr 2014


Politicians should support the role of managers in the healthcare team

MiP responds to Andy Burnham’s comments about last year’s reorganisation in England

Responding to Andy Burnham's comments today about the cost of last year's restructure, MiP chief executive Jon Restell said: 'Leadership and management is vital for high quality, safe patient care. Politicians should support the role of managers; managers are an essential part of the healthcare team caring for patients.'

Thu 13 Mar 2014


Pay freezes do not constitute a sustainable pay policy for the NHS

MiP comment on the Government’s response to the Pay Review Body recommendations.

Speaking after the Government's announcements on NHS pay, MiP chief executive Jon Restell said: ‘MiP is angry that, yet again, the Government has chosen to ignore the evidence about NHS pay and the recommendations of the independent pay review bodies. This does not constitute a sustainable pay policy.’

Fri 14 Feb 2014


Stuart Rose can help promote great leadership in the NHS

MiP welcomes former chair of M&S as advisor on recruiting and retaining top talent

Speaking after the announcement that Stuart Rose will be advising on leadership in the NHS, MiP chief executive Jon Restell said: 'Managers will welcome the oxygen of attention because they have a crucial role in great patient care. MiP would welcome the opportunity to meet and share our members' experiences with him.'

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