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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.


Thu 05 Jun 2014


Listen to Pay Review Body and give NHS staff a fair pay rise

MiP’s Sandie Belcher tells Jeremy Hunt why he should think again on pay for NHS staff

‘Dear Jeremy Hunt - I hope you make good use of your 11% pay rise – most NHS staff won't get a rise at all, even though the Pay Review Body recommended they should get a 1% rise to mitigate the hike in the cost of living...’ Click through for more of Sandie’s letter

Thu 05 Jun 2014


Show NHS staff they are valued – pay them their cost of living increase

MiP member Jayne Thomas explains why we need fair pay in the NHS

‘In our trust we are already struggling to recruit specialist nurses such as diabetes trained, neuro physiologists and cardiac technicians, which means we have had to resort to oversees recruitment – a costly exercise. We must pay a fair rate to all NHS staff,’ says Jayne

Fri 02 May 2014


MiP helps members achieve a fair resolution

MiP national officer Jane Carter describes a recent success in representing a member

A few weeks ago, I was able to help MiP member Fiona resolve a long term problem. I helped her decide the outcome she wanted, put her case to the employer and achieved a result everybody was happy with. A great day at work!

Fri 28 Mar 2014


Why healthcare is a tonic for the economy

Craig Ryan urges us to see healthcare as a productive source of growth and jobs, not a burden to be funded

Why is healthcare seen as a dead cost and not as an investment? Why do we see healthcare as something we must spend money on to be productive, and not as production itself?

Sat 08 Mar 2014


Greetings on International Women’s Day

MiP's Marisa Howes celebrates the great work women do

Today we mark the great achievements of women around the world in the world of work, politics, education and health. And we remind ourselves there’s still a way to go to achieve real equality of opportunity.

Fri 20 Sep 2013


Will the latest proposals for turn around work?

Jon Restell shares his thoughts about the Government plans

The healthcare twittersphere buzzed away nicely yesterday with views of Jeremy Hunt’s plan to pay the best hospitals to improve failing ones. Excellence Rubbing Off On You is not a new idea but will this plan work?

Fri 16 Aug 2013


Why healthcare managers welcome Don Berwick’s report

Jon Restell outlines what the report means for managers

The Berwick report repeats much we know already, but its consistency and the changes it suggests are positive. In his blog for the Guardian healthcare website Jon Restell sets out the way in which managers should respond to the challenges

Wed 03 Jul 2013

 Nye Bevan

Happy birthday NHS!

65 years and still going strong

On Friday we celebrate 65 years of our NHS providing high quality healthcare to all, free at the point of use, based on need. Despite constant restructuring, it continues to thrive thanks to the dedication of the healthcare team keeping our NHS going strong.

Mon 01 Apr 2013


Midnight's children

MiP's Jon Restell blogs on some of the problems associated with today's implementation of the Health and Social Care Act 2012

At midnight the coalition government’s plan for England’s NHS came jerkily into some kind of reality as tens of thousands of staff were transferred to new bodies. Most of the system outside of hospitals and services has been pulled up and laid down somewhere else. Besides the structural change, there are also controversial new laws on competition and tendering.

Fri 08 Mar 2013


Greetings on International Women’s Day!

Marisa Howes celebrates women’s achievements in the NHS

Women keep this great NHS show on the road – making up 78% of the workforce. Let’s celebrate their achievements and keep moving forward towards real equality. That’s the way to achieve real culture change

Fri 11 Jan 2013


Francis, staff engagement and avoiding redundancies

MiP's Jon Restell writes his weekly blog of news and comment

To date we've been running a green field recruitment exercise. New bodies and current employers now need to change approach in the next six weeks or so to prioritise at risk staff for appointment to the remaining jobs. This is now a heavy duty redundancy situation.

Fri 21 Dec 2012


Why pirates are called pirates

MiP's Jon Restell writes his weekly blog of news and comment

Hundreds of MiP members and other staff in PCTs, SHAs and other NHS bodies will receive redundancy notices before the end of December, and many before Christmas. Spare them a thought. (If you are one of them we have posted advice in the MiP members' section.) Some will also receive job offers at the same time.

Fri 14 Dec 2012


CLAHRCs, executive pay & the employment problems of managers

MiP's Jon Restell writes his weekly blog of news and comment

This year MiP is asking the SSRB for a 1% uplift to salaries, urges the full use of the performance pay scheme and proposes the SSRB reviews pay arrangements (once new NHS bodies are fully established after April) to ensure equitable treatment.

Fri 07 Dec 2012


Job vacancies, leadership and the finance function

MiP's Jon Restell writes his weekly blog of news and comment

1 in 4 women suffer from domestic violence and abuse, and 1 in 6 men. Imagine the scale of the problem in an NHS workforce of 1.3 million. A high profile professional practice issue in healthcare, we’ve been nonetheless reluctant to see it as an employment problem for ourselves. This is surprising because not only do those affected take twice as much sick leave, much domestic violence and abuse takes place on work premises.

Fri 30 Nov 2012


Hunt's speech, transfer rights and losing your shirt

MiP's Jon Restell writes his weekly diary of news and comment

Its enemies are always on the look out to tar the whole NHS with the same brush. We mustn't stop openly (and painfully) discussing and acting on poor care standards in some cases - and holding managers to account - but we must challenge attempts to make the particular into the general.

Fri 23 Nov 2012


Telling it how it is ... positively

MiP's Jon Restell writes his weekly diary of news and comment

The NHS - throughout the UK - is stuffed full of great leaders and managers who can be both positive and tell it how it is. They did so today in spades.

Fri 16 Nov 2012


The same but different

MiP's Jon Restell writes his weekly diary of news and comment

Spans of control – whether functions, numbers of sites, and geography – are getting greater as management overheads are cut back hard or made to go further. Resilient, experienced managers are feeling the strain. This is a key theme among managers across the UK.

Mon 12 Nov 2012


The NHS constitution and Agenda for Change revisited

MiP's Jon Restell writes his weekly diary of news and comment

Some SHAs, notably East of England, went on the front foot, successfully raising awareness first among staff and then ensuring the constitution featured in as many activities and organisational levels as possible. As a result, an impressive 41% of the region’s public know about the constitution. (Whatever did those bastard SHAs ever do for us?)

Fri 02 Nov 2012


2013 and all that

MiP's Jon Restell writes his weekly diary of news and comment

Trade unionists get better deals than lawyers because trade unionists can 'blag it' - which lawyers can't - and we can pull 'industrial levers'. My experience bears this out. Lawyers (who instinctively tend towards minimalism) often ask us: 'How on earth did you get that?'

Fri 26 Oct 2012


Tutu, turnaround and the Athenaeum

MiP's Jon Restell writes his weekly diary of news and comment

Scratch a manager and you often find a clinician who wanted to make even more of a difference or someone always devoted to helping people.

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