Wed 29 Mar 2017


NHS Pay Review Body 2017: MiP Briefing Note


In its 2017 report, the review body supports MiP’s long-held view that the government needs an exit strategy from its current NHS pay policy. It warns that the 1% cap on pay rises in the NHS is coming under pressure due to rising inflation, significant supply shortages in some areas, and concerns about recruitment and retention which are shared by unions and employers.

Thu 23 Mar 2017

 MiP moving

MiP on the move

Temporary head office move for MiP

MiP and the FDA have moved into temporary office accommodation while building work is carried out on the new head office building at Ebbark House, near London Bridge.

Fri 17 Mar 2017


Sexual orientation monitoring of service users

Get involved in focus groups to support roll-out of sexual orientation monitoring

An information standard has been agreed for sexual orientation monitoring of service users across the NHS and social care in England. Members are encouraged to attend focus groups to develop e-learning resources to support roll-out. The focus groups are in Leeds on 21 March, Birmingham on 22 March and London on 27 March.

Tue 28 Feb 2017


March for the NHS, Saturday 4 March, London

Join MiP members in Tavistock Square at 12 pm

The demonstration and march to Parliament will highlight how inadequate funding of the NHS and social care affects patients and staff. Our national officer Stephen Smith will co-ordinate MiP members who'd like to march in support of the NHS with our MiP flags.

Thu 12 Jan 2017


London callings

With NHS pay frozen, it’s becoming ever harder to recruit nurses and midwives in the capital. But at UCLH, managers have transformed the trust’s recruitment operation – and cut the vacancy rate by more than half. Matt Ross reports.

“We’d enjoyed quite good times,” recalls Julie Hogg, the trust’s deputy chief nurse. “Then we got a little bit behind the game: we’d been living on our brand, and recruitment hadn’t had the energy and focus that it needed. Other organisations began attracting people who we might have brought in.”

Thu 22 Dec 2016


MiP head office closure

Information regarding office closure and contact details

Head office closed 23 December to 2 January inclusive.

Tue 20 Dec 2016

 Women into Leadership

Women into Leadership Healthcare -22 March 2017

MiP supports this unique conference which will explore the role of women in healthcare leadership and offer practical advice and coaching on how to develop your career in times of change.

Speakers include MiP national officer Jo Spear and former MiP chair Zoeta Manning; Sheree Axon, director of organisational change at NHS England; NHS Providers chair Gill Morgan and Paul Deemer, head of diversity and inclusion at NHS Employers.

Tue 29 Nov 2016

 Jon Restell

Our NHS depends on managers like Sandie

MiP Conference 2016: Chief executive Jon Restell told delegates the very survival of the NHS depends on managers working under intense pressure and walking a tightrope between compassion and resources.

Most people would walk away from being a middle manager in our NHS… They couldn’t face the responsibility of making decisions which mean so much to the lives and survival of other human beings. But this what Sandie does, day in, day out.

Tue 29 Nov 2016

 Devo panel

Devolution: different paths, similar obstacles

MiP Conference 2016: Devolution within the NHS increasingly allows countries and regions to go their own way. MiP brought together NHS leaders from Wales, Scotland and England to discuss the opportunities and threats from this trend.

"The real challenge is to take the rhetoric and challenge ourselves on how we can make it real. Why is it that we still think there is something different between primary and community health services? If we can’t join those up, then we really are lost."

Tue 29 Nov 2016

 Wendy Hick

Empower everybody – and give people time to think

MiP Conference 2016: Leading head teacher Wendy Hick gave an inspiring talk to delegates about how real staff engagement and a positive, reflective approach can turn struggling organisations around – and surprisingly quickly

“Normally, people go in and take a troubleshooting approach, they look to get a quick fix. I took a very different and more considered approach. I thought what am I going to do to raise the morale of the staff at this school?”

Tue 29 Nov 2016

 Mark Radford

Radford: Make the most of existing NHS staff

MiP Conference 2016: Professor Mark Radford from NHS Improvement led a workshop on the many workforce challenges likely to face managers in the NHS next year.

“The next two quarters are going to be tough. The money is really tight and that is creating pressure through the whole system. Keeping our focus as a system on the patients is absolutely fundamental.”

Mon 28 Nov 2016


Minister: Let's reset the rhetoric about NHS managers

MiP Conference 2016: Health minister Philip Dunne promised to “reset” the political rhetoric about NHS managers, improve workplace culture and tackle bullying in the NHS, in his keynote conference speech on 23 November.

Although short on specific proposals, Dunne’s first external speech as health minister also promised action to improve NHS leadership skills, recruit more graduate management trainees and deliver parity of esteem for mental health services.

Mon 28 Nov 2016

 Panel pic

Workforce: Finance is crushing everything at the moment

MiP Conference 2016: Four experts on the NHS workforce discuss the challenges facing the NHS and how we can make it a better place to work.

The myriad pressures the NHS face at the moment can overshadow some of the major challenges in the workplace for managers and staff – things like bullying, ensuring fair terms and conditions for staff, and dealing with employment disputes.

Fri 25 Nov 2016


Swindells: managers need to be “brilliant”

MiP Conference 2016: Matthew Swindells, national director for operations and information at NHS England, told conference that NHS managers need to be “strong, resilient and brilliant” to meet the challenges posed by the Five Year Forward View

In his keynote speech to MiP conference on 23 November, Swindells said the NHS had made “spectacular” progress in the last three decades and was doing “fantastic work every day”, although he acknowledged life was particularly tough life for NHS managers at the moment.

Thu 24 Nov 2016


What’s happening to redundancy payments in the NHS?

Less than two years after new redundancy terms were agreed for the NHS, the Treasury has forced unions and employers back to the negotiating table. Craig Ryan brings you up to speed on the government’s plans – and what might happen next.

If they cannot be improved through negotiation, the Treasury’s proposals could mean substantial cuts in redundancy entitlements for many MiP members. However, for higher-paid members or those with long service, the proposed £95k cap may have the bigger impact.

Fri 11 Nov 2016


The Sharp End: the government must commit to its own STP agenda

To get your views out there, MiP is working with its members to have your stories from the NHS frontline published in the media. This one appeared in the Guardian. Could you help produce the next?

Bringing together health and social care is crucial to sorting out the problems in the NHS, and could unlock all sorts of benefits for patients. But the government needs to provide more clarity about how they’re going to work – then demonstrate commitment to its own strategy.

Thu 03 Nov 2016

 Dr Martin Read

MiP gives evidence to Senior Salaries Review Body

MiP urges a repeat of last year's well received cash award for executive and senior managers in NHS England, Health Education England and other arms-length NHS bodies.

In its evidence for the SSRB's 2017 report, MiP also calls for a comprehensive leadership and workforce strategy for arms-length bodies and wide-ranging talks about extending the remit of the review body.

Thu 03 Nov 2016

 Our health heroes

Vote for your Health Hero

The regional finalists have been announced. Now it's your turn to vote for the operational services worker of the year and the clinical support worker of the year.

The 24 regional finalists in this year’s Our Health Hero awards have been named and you can support these unsung heroes of the NHS by taking part in the public vote for the winners.

Wed 26 Oct 2016


Election of the FDA General Secretary

UK legislation requires that a trade union should elect its General Secretary at least once every five years.

Dave Penman was elected to become General Secretary of the FDA on 2 May 2012 and the union is required by law to ensure that an election is concluded no later than 2 May 2017.

Mon 10 Oct 2016

 link member course

Link members: be part of something bigger

Read on for more details on how to get more involved with MiP

MiP's Link Member training will help you to use your skills to resolve disputes, support your colleagues at work and boost the union's membership.

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