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Welcome from the Academy Team 

Hello and welcome to our October newsletter.

This month, a group of HR and OD practitioners gathered at the Tavistock and Portman in leafy north London for an interesting and thought provoking session on a systems-analytic approach to team conflict.

We looked at one live team conflict issue from the perspective of individual, team and the organisation/wider system. It was an entrenched problem with huge patient care and cost issues for all involved. The systems analyst approach was a powerful way to examine these issues with much learning for all of us.

We have also had another interesting evening roundtable event at Bevan Brittan, organised and chaired by Alastair Currie. Thanks very much to Carlton Sadler form Bevan Brittan, Sue Esser,
People Director at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Natasha Natasha Elvidge, Head of Operational HR, Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Trust for their willingness to share their experiences of the new inspection regime.

Participants appreciated hearing the ‘personal experiences of HR Professionals who have been through the CQC assessment and their insights’. In particular, as one delegate said, it was very useful to hear an ‘overview of the approaches Trusts have taken to prepare and the emphasis on being open and transparent with staff and inspectors.'

Both Sue and Natasha were very open about their experience and it was inspiring to hear how they have approached the inspection with their staff and enabled it to become a learning experience for the organisation.

We are also delighted to announce an exciting two-part Webinar series which will be led by Richard Edge, with the first session set for Monday November 23. Please see more details of how you can get involved below.

Inside this month's newsletter; 

  • Development Group gaining momentum 
  • Exciting times - the HPMA is becoming a Charitable Incorporated Association 
  • How are you using our HR Competency Framework? 
  • Upcoming events 
  • Reward, what is it? A blog by Richard Edge
  • Tweets of the month
  • Get involved on LinkedIn
  • Jobs 

We hope you enjoy reading and welcome any comments by tweeting us @HPMALondon

Click here to view our event calendar

Development Group gaining momentum 

We are delighted to have recently established the HPMA London Academy Development Group (replacing the Management Committee) as a proactive group of member representatives that support the development of the London Academy and its products and services.

This group of 18 HR and OD practitioners complement the work of the Academy Board (14 members including 7 HRDs, 2 Deputies, representation from NHS Employers, CIPD and commercial members). The Board governs the activities of HPMA across London.

The new Development Group have had their first two meetings, working on the outcomes of our recent learning needs analysis and how we take these finding forward.

We are developing a new events programme for the next financial year titled ‘HR as a Strategic Partner’ with potential themes around ‘strategy’, ‘change’ and ‘organisation design and development’.
Two ‘teams’ worked on the challenge of what we deliver and how with each team going about the task in quite different ways with different results and some common themes.

Thanks to Sharon Probets for facilitating this process, we will meet again with the Development Group in November to finalise these plans.

HPMA President Deborah: "Exciting times ahead." 

We are entering a new, important and exciting time in the life of HPMA.

When I became President in April I realised how much HPMA had grown and wanted to ensure HPMA had a firm foundation in terms of organisation form, effective governance and use of resources to grow and develop further. This is critical to fulfil our core purpose to improve the nation's health through the development of people management; and provide the most benefit to all our members.

Therefore, I commissioned a governance review and I am pleased to inform you that the review process is complete and the National Council has agreed to apply to the Charities Commission for HPMA to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

Click here to read Deborah's blog in full 

How are you using our HR Competency Framework? 

In June of this year we developed a HR competency framework as a simple, easy-to-use tool, which sets out the core competencies that are expected of all HR professionals working in the NHS and the wider UK healthcare sector.

We have been using the Framework to model our Academy programme with each event linking to one or more of the six core competencies.

We are interested in hearing how you have been using the Framework at your Trust and how you may have found it useful.

If you have used the Framework or have some feedback for us, then please email us and let us know.

Upcoming Events 

Wednesday 4 November 

Bullying and Harassment: A Legal Update

We currently have a waiting list for this event. 

The session is for senior HR managers and advisors and will explore a number of topics concerning bullying and harassment through interactive case studies.

It will be delivered by Ceri Lawrence and Kate Galloway from DAC Beachcroft LLP. 

Email us to be added to the reserve list

Monday 23 November  & Monday 07 December 

Reward & Retention - 2-Part Webinar Series 

We are looking for a group of creative thinkers to be a part of this exciting two-part Webinar series which will focus on reward and retention. 

Richard Edge, HR & Workforce Consultant at Ara Darzi Qatar Ltd and a member of the London Academy's Development Group will be using his knowledge and expertise to lead these two thought provoking Webinars and give participants a wider understanding of how they can reward and retain their staff. 

Click here for further event information and to register

Tuesday 24 November

Deputies Network Meeting 

This is the final quarterly meeting of the London Deputy Director of HR Network. 

The session will include; workforce planning for changing scenarios, update on the cap on agency nurse spend, discussion on how we are all responding to the Rose Review on leadership, an update on medical contracts, legal question as well as an OD development session with Paul Taylor from NHS Employers in the afternoon.

Click here for further event information and to register

Wednesday 10 February 

Developing as a HR Business Partner

We are now taking bookings for this practical full-day workshop focusing on how you can develop as a HR Business Partner.

This workshop is for HR Business Partners who are relatively new to their role and for those who are aiming to move into a HRBP role in the next year or so.

Click here for further event information and to register

Reward, what is it? A blog by Richard Edge 

If you are reading this, the likelihood is that you are a HR professional.

Therefore when you hear the phrase “Total Reward”, you will automatically know what it means. If this was a blog written for a more diverse audience, perhaps incorporating more of our operations and finance colleagues, you may receive a few more blank looks.

But do we really know what we think we mean by Total Reward in the NHS?

Click here to read Richard's blog in full

Richard will be leading an thought-provoking two-part Webinar series on reward and retention, with the first session on Monday November 23. If you or your Trust are a member of the London Academy, it is completely free to be a part of this series and requires no additional software.

Click here to find out more information about our Reward and Retention 2-Part Series 

Tweets of the month

Here's some of our favourite tweets this month. Make sure you're getting involved on social media by following us @HPMALondon.

We always encourage your interaction on Twitter at our events, make sure you're sending in those tweets to have a chance of making it into next month's newsletter. 

Get involved on LinkedIn 

Did you know the HPMA London Academy has its own private group on LinkedIn?

The group is completely private and you must be approved to join - this means that any information you share will stay between the members of the HPMA.

If you are interested in getting involved in discussions on our LinkedIn group, then please click here to find us.

If you are already member - we want to hear from you!

All the best discussions and comments will make it into next month's newsletter. 


Senior Employee Relations (ER) Adviser 

Employer: The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust 
Department: Specialist Team, Employee Relations, HROD
Location: Chelsea with travel to community locations and Sutton as necessary 
Band: 6
Hours: Full time, 37.5 hours per week

Due to a temporary increase in workload there is an opportunity for a short term secondment to our Employee Relations Team as a Senior ER Adviser band 6. The secondment would begin as soon as possible and continue until February 2016. A job description and person specification is attached for information.

For an informal discussion please contact Graham Simmons, ER Specialist Lead on ext 2592, or Lorna Adair, ER Specialist on ext 2148. Expressions of interest and a CV should be sent to Graham Simmons to be received by Tuesday November 3.

Further Details: Download by clicking here 

HR Manager (FTC/Secondment until August 2016)

Employer: Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 
Department: Human Resources and Organisational Development 
Location: London
Salary: £31,249 - £41,218 pro rata per annum inclusive

Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is seeking to recruit a fixed term HR Manager until August 2016 to join its small innovative team.

Responsible to the Senior HR Manager, this pivotal role will see the successful candidate provide an efficient, responsive and professional HR service to specific directorates/divisions

Further Details: Please follow this link to NHS Jobs

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