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Welcome from the Academy Team 

Hello and welcome to our November newsletter.

Inside this month's newsletter; 

  • There's been a delivery at HPMA HQ
  • It's all about the data, Sharon Probets looks deeper into our learning needs analysis 
  • Upcoming events
  • Perception, propaganda and performance, a blog by James Devine
  • View our latest photos
  • Deputies goes digital
  • Get involved on LinkedIn
  • Jobs 
  • Partner events

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

There's been a delivery at HPMA HQ

We are excited to announce that our HR Competency Framework stress cubes have now arrived! 

As you can see our events coordinator Olly was extremely excited by the arrival of the cubes at HPMA headquarters. 

They have been made to remind you of our six core competencies which are outlined in our HR Competency Framework

We will be giving these out at all of our upcoming events so make sure you don't miss out on our chance to get your hands on one. 

If you do want your very own stress cube, plus the chance to enjoy some great learning opportunities, take a look at our Events Calendar page to see more details on our future programme.

Will you be a change catalyst this Christmas? 

It's all about the data 

It's all about the data

The past few weeks have been testing times for the NHS and HR in particular; called upon to provide data at a moment’s notice to help inform decisions around efficiencies and cost improvements; meeting the new agency spend cap and getting ready for the comprehensive spending review to be announced on 25th November.

When the data is available and accurate, it can open options and support decision-making. That’s why, as part of the learning needs analysis, we invited members to share their HR workforce data. We want to use this data to inform our decision around the 2016/17 development plan and HR talent management for London.

Click here to read Sharon's blog in full 

Upcoming Events 

Wednesday 27 January 

Developing Facilitation Skills

This one-day programme is designed to help you add value to your group conversations whether you are in a formal chairing role or aiming to be a more effective group contributor.

Facilitation skills help you to read a group and intervene appropriately to move the group forward; this might be about giving direction, enabling others to participate or offering your ideas or challenges effectively.

Our expert trainers will teach you a wide range of approaches to facilitation and help to develop your personal impact. 

Click here for further event information and to register

Tuesday 2 February 

Closing the Gap - How can HR professionals work together to help deliver effective integrated care? 

This event is encouraging workforce professionals from across the NHS, local authorities and social care to come together to support the drive for delivering effective integrated care.

Our expert speakers will look deeper into what effective integrated care is and explore some of crucial lessons learnt so far. They will particularly focus on how we can develop the workforce to deliver this much needed practice.

You will hear a workforce perspective from the DevoManc programme, where the health and social care budgets have been pooled in Greater Manchester to deliver better health and social care.

One of the Integrated Care Pioneers will speak about how different partners have come together in North West London to deliver integrated care and some of the lessons learnt regarding workforce.

You will also hear a commissioner's perspective on how healthcare is being improved and the role workforce practitioners need to play.

Click here for further event information and to register

Friday 5 February 

Using HR Data Analytics to Solve Business Problems 

Facilitated by Peter Reilly, Principal Associate at the Institute for Employment Studies, this event is aimed at HR and OD practitioners who want to become more effective in using HR data analytics to understand and solve business problems.

Peter will offer his expertise on how best to identify key organisational issues where data may be used to give insight and how one can mobilise that data and deploy it effectively.

Click here for further event information and to register

Perception, propoganda and performance 

‘Perception, Propaganda and Performance’ – what’s it got to do with HR&OD?

When asked to write this for the HPMA newsletter, I started thinking about a topic.  I took to social media for further inspiration and stumbled across an article on the BBC news app.  Within the article was a quote from the CEO of the Taxpayers Alliance who declared that ‘the rewards for failure culture is rife in the NHS and it must be stamped out as a matter of urgency’.

Is there really a ‘reward for failure’ culture in the NHS? Or is this apparent ‘culture’ due, in part, to the propaganda often portrayed by today’s daily newspapers which informs the public perception of the performance of the NHS – often missing out the part where teams work far in excess of their contractual hours, receive pay increases below the level of inflation (or none at all), yet remain compassionate and committed to the work they do each day.

Click here to read James' blog in full 

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New network for HR Business Partners 

Our learning needs analysis affirmed what we have thought for a long time, that there is a lot of demand for a new HR Business Partner network. It could also include HR managers, ‘heads of’ etc.

Would you be interested in getting involved in a small planning group to shape the terms of reference for the group and the plans for sessions?

If so, please send an email stating your interest to

We anticipate a couple of planning meetings to shape the network and get it started then we hope that individuals from the group may get more involved in supporting agenda planning for a particular event.

We look forward to hearing from you.

View our latest photos 

We were taking a few photos at our recent legal update on bullying and harrassment, led by DACBeachcroft.

Click here to view the full album

We will be posting more photos, updates and other material on our Facebook page over the next few months.

To stay up to date, make sure you visit us and click 'like'.

Click here to connect

Deputies goes digital 

When planning our recent meeting of the Deputies Network we encountered a problem - one of our speakers (James Devine) had snapped his achilles tendon, ouch.

But, instead of looking at this as a problem, we saw it as an opportunity and went ahead with a HPMA London Academy first - he presented via YouTube!

It was a great success and has given us a lot of opportunity for speakers at our future events. 

And isn't that what HR and OD is about? Being faced with challenges and finding solutions for them. 

As the old saying goes, where there's a will, there's a way.

Click here to see a short snippet of James's presentation

To the meeting, where there was an action packed agenda this month with many key issues being discussed and also a longer, more exploratory session in the afternoon to give people chance to think differently. The day was chaired by Gareth Jones, who was taking a break in his very busy schedule working with NHS on the new junior doctor contract..

We had great sessions from Ragini Patel and Ian Hewitt from the Royal Free discussing how they involved clinicians in the workforce planning process for the new Chase Farm Hospital. Claire Low from St Georges also talked about her experiences of clinical engagement in work to deliver 24/7 rotas in A&E at St Georges. And finally James Devine shared his experience on workforce planning for extended hours at GOSH.

There was a timely update from Preeya Bailie from the London Procurement Partnership on the new cap on agency nurse spend and how trusts are managing this in London. Gareth filled everyone in on the new junior doctor contract.

Thanks also to Steve Bickle for coming along to talk about his approach to ensuring that consultant job planning meets service objectives. We plan to organise a longer session on this next year and will extend the invitation to HR business partners.

In the afternoon, Paul Taylor from Do OD at NHS Employers ran a great OD session for the HR Deputies who were able to stay and reflect on their approach to OD and work with OD colleagues as well as getting a chance to explore some OD techniques around the use of metaphors.

Thank you very much to the Deputies’ planning group and especially to Cheryl Samuels who leads the network, it really wouldn’t happen without her.

Here's some of the best tweets from the meeting.

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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. 


Band 8d Deputy Director of HR 

Job Reference: 289-JC-007032
Employer: Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Department: Human Resources
Location: Fulham Road, London
Salary: £72,264 - £87,960 pa inc HCAS

ChelWest have an exciting opportunity for a Deputy Director of Human Resources, with senior workforce skills, to take on a key role in leading and transforming the cross site HR service.

Your ability to inspire and motivate our well established HR team is essential to ensuring that we recruit, develop and retain the best staff to deliver the best care to our patients, in the most effective way.

For an informal discussion about the role, contact Peta Hayward, Director of HR & OD on 020 3315 6724 or email

Closing date: 27th November 2015

Further Details: View on NHS Jobs 

Associate Director of HR 

Job Reference: 213-595772-C
Employer: King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Department: Employee Relations
Location: Denmark Hill
Salary: £72,201 to £87,897 pa (HCAP

Do you want to work in a Senior HR role in an organisation that makes a difference to people’s lives every day? If so this is the job for you.

King's College Hospital are looking for a highly capable Associate Director: Human Resources, to lead the Trust’s HR Business Partner Team as well as our ER Advisory Service. The post will also have overall responsibility for Occupational Health & Well-being Services, along with a varied portfolio which includes Staff Engagement, Partnership Working, Inclusion (Equality & Diversity), and People Policy Management.

For more information about the post please contact Dawn Brodrick, Executive Director Workforce Development, on 020 3299 6055.

Closing date: 4th December 2015

Further Details: View on NHS Jobs 

Partner events 

Workforce Planning Two-Day Master Class from the HR Society 

Location: Central London
Dates: 11th & 12th February 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This workshop is for all HR practitioners who need to work with resource planning, especially HR Business Partners and planning specialists.

Andrew Mayo, a well-known international consultant, speaker and author & George Blair, an experienced management consultant with a strong track record in productivity improvement, workforce planning and development, organisational change and education and training are set to speak at the event.

To view more information and to register

PreTirement Programme

Location: Central London 
Dates: 8th March & 14th April 2016
Time: 09:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m & 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m

Sheena Bailey who has delivered our coaching skills programme is now offering a new ‘PreTirement Programme’ with Michael Wilkins. They are offering a discount for HPMA newsletter readers. It is aimed at professionals approaching retirement (or late-career redundancy). There is often a sense of apprehension and uncertainty at this time and the programme aims to positively reframe this important lifestyle shift for people.

Click here to view the event flyer 

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