February 2017

 Hello and welcome to our October newsletter.

Inside this month's edition; 
  • Introduction from Rachael Tyler
  • ASPIRE Programme Update
  • Learning Needs Analysis
  • First session of the new Strategic HR & OD Network
  • HPMA 2016 Annual UK Conference & Exhibition
  • Increasing Employee Engagement with 10Eighty
  • Deputy Director's Network Prize Winner
  • Forthcoming events
  • Recent events
I am pleased to say that we are settling into our new offices. It is great to be based with the Guys and St. Thomas’ workforce team and we have had a very warm welcome.

We have had a busy October, supporting the delivery of a number of events as well as preparing for the start of our ASPIRE Programme. You will read an update on the programme outlining key dates for recruitment to two further cohorts, over the coming 18 months. It is great to see how excited our first group of participants are and I am pleased that the HPMA London Academy can play such a crucial role in supporting the development of future workforce leaders.

Another highlight has been the first meeting of our Strategic HR and OD Network. The network provides an excellent opportunity to current Business Partners and Heads of our Functional Areas from across all our member Trusts to get to know each other more, share good practice and learn more about the strategic factors impacting on the development of the current and future NHS Workforce. The network is being generously sponsored by the Guardian Newspaper Group.

We are now turning our attention to the development of next year’s programme and last week run a learning needs analysis exercise with Workforce Directors. We are very keen to receive feedback on our programme and suggestions for shaping future development opportunities.

Finally I will be attending the National HPMA Conference in Cardiff next week and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible. 

Yours Sincerely,
Rachael Tyler, Development Director, HPMA London Academy

ASPIRE Programme Update
The first 16 aspiring Deputy/Assistant Directors of HR&OD have been recruited to the ASPIRE programme, having been interviewed by panels of HR Directors and Deputies. We were really pleased with the standard of applications to the programme and those who did not get on to the first cohort have had career conversations with an HRD or Deputy from their panel and invited to apply again for a future cohort. The programme will kick off with a Development Centre on 28 November. Several HRD and Deputies will be working with our lead provider, Authentic Leadership, to deliver the Development Centre.
If you’re interested in applying for the second cohort and like to plan ahead, the planned dates are as follows:
-          Application process open between 12 December and 30 January 2017
-          Interviews - 20 February 2017
-          Development Centre - 28 April 2017
-          Modules 1 & 2 – 11 & 12 May 2017
-          Modules 3 & 4 - 13 & 14 May 2017
-          Action learning sets running between June and Nov 2017
-          Final day – 4 Dec 2017
(dates may be subject to change)
The application window for the third cohort will be July 2017, with a view to interviews in Sept 2017 and the first Development Centre being in October 2017.

Learning Needs Analysis
We are currently refreshing the learning needs analysis we did last year. Thank you to all the HR Directors who were at the last HRD Network Meeting and gave us a lot of valuable information about what learning needs we should prioritize in 2017/18. 

First session of the new Strategic HR & OD Network 
We’re delighted that the first meeting of the new network got off to a great start. Hosted by The Guardian at their great offices near King’s Cross, it was a lively and engaging start to the network.

Richard Vize, journalist and health policy commentator brilliantly encapsulated some of the key challenges for the NHS at the moment and the workforce implications supporting us to move towards starting to think about systems rather than just organisations. How do we see things more from the system and the patient perspective? How comfortable are we in working outside our organisational structure? How do we build trusted relationships with colleagues from other organisations? What skills do we need to draw on to work more collaboratively? How do we develop the skills of leaders and managers to support them to work as a system? Richard set the context really well for some of the key discussion topics of the day – Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs), NHS finances and efficiency savings to be made and recruitment and motivation of staff.

This first meeting included discussion around several aspects of recruitment and we’re very grateful to all the speakers who shared what they are doing in small group – Ruth Warden, NHS Employers and Caroline Theodorou, UCLH; Roddy Wells & Louise Pratt, SLaM; Richard Humble, London Procurement Partnership and Steven Norris & Deborah Lawson, Guardian News & Media.

Daniel Elkins and then James Traeger from Mayvin started to prepare network participants for the what the future may hold so we can play an active part and be ready to influence change. James Traeger supported participants to prioritise some of the areas the network can influence and start to work on, in answer to the question - What are the trends we currently face as we take action to respond to the Sustainability & Transformation agenda?

The network prioritised working on:
- Communication (incl. Staff engagement, managing staff expectations)
- Behaviour and culture change including ownership of change
- Process improvement and collaboration
- Finances

Some subgroups of the network are also working on recruitment (sharing good practice and potential collaboration), recruiting younger people into the NHS and using social media to develop the network. If you’re interested in joining either of these groups, please contact Diana Cliff

The next Network meeting will be held on Monday 23rd January 2017, at the Guardian Media Offices in Kings Cross. For more information, CLICK HERE

The National HPMA Conference - Last few places remaining
The HPMA national branch invite you to join us at our annual 2-day conference and exhibtion event, taking place at the Holland Hotel and Spa, Cardiff between Wednesday 2nd - Thursday 3rd Nomevmber
The conference will be addressing the big issues in healthcare HR while giving you time, space, expert input and development opportunities that a national UK event can bring! 
For more bookings and information on group tickets, please contact Rachael Fisher, ChamberlainDunn HERE 

Career management lies at the heart of employee engagement which is why employees want managers that care, develop and stretch them and this is best achieved through career conversations.

Discussions focused on increasing employee engagement in healthcare through career conversations which are underpinned by an understanding that high levels of patient care and productivity can only be delivered with an engaged workforce.

Click Here to read more

And the winner is.. 









Congratulations once again to Andrew Vickers on his prize draw win at last month's Deputy Directors Meeting #DDHRnetwork at the Sofitel Hotel, hosted by Allocate 

Forthcoming Events
Facilitator: Isabelle Iny, Authentic Leadership Associates Ltd
Date: Tuesday 1st November, 09.30 to 16.30
This session will provide an introduction to consulting skills for HR and OD practitioners who are starting to develop their consulting skills. It is for HR or OD practitioners who have recently moved into a partnering role with the business or are about to move into a partnering role.
Facilitator: 3DCoaching
Date: Thursday 3rd November, 09.30 to 12.30
This session is open to all those who manage or supervise staff or work with other managers. It includes those who have no experience of coaching as well as those who would like to practice their skills.
Facilitator: Lynda Shattock
Date: Tuesday 15th November, 09.30 to 12.30
This workshop is aimed at senior HR and OD practitioners who are familiar with the concept of talent management but who are relatively new to implementing talent management processes in their organisation. You may be an HR BP or OD practitioner who would like to develop talent management processes in a particular service or area of your organisation 
Provider: DACBeachcroft LLP
Date: Tuesday 22nd November, 09.30 to 12.30
Date: Wednesday 23rd November, 09.30 to 16.30
Please note, this is a Closed-Network event for Deputy Directors or equivalent

Recent Events
Thank you very much to Annette Perry, Develop Global who delivered a great skills session on Prooject Management
What they thought?
“I have little experience of managing projects. This training provided a lot of information for me to take back and use for the project I am about to undertake.”
“Thank you, I gained a more structured knowledge of project management, with key elements for consideration when managing a project” 
Another expert session by lead facilitators Elaine Sutton and Helen Corrigan of Future Now Development LTD as part of our OD Series
What they thought?
“Plenty of opportunity to practice facilitation in a safe environment” 
“Virtually every aspect of the session as it exhibited extensive research and proved informative and empowering with required tools to actively become a facilitator.” 

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