Vice President for the South West HPMA

I took over as the Vice President for the South West HPMA in August 2015. I was keen to get involved with the HPMA as I had fond memories of accessing HPMA activities when I was a developing HR Practitioner many (many) years ago!
The aim of the HPMA is to support and develop HR staff to improve the people management contribution in healthcare and ultimately improve patient care and this is something that the South West Committee and I are keen to promote. In the last six months the Branch has reformed the committee and started the task of planning and developing activities for the HR Community in the South West.
There is great enthusiasm from committee members to deliver a vibrant and interesting programme to support the development and capability of our future generation of HR leaders. The next event for the South West is on 18th March and is a development session that should be both informative, developmental and fun. The workshop, entitled ‘It’s all about you’, has some great sessions on personal influencing, how to have that difficult conversation, personal resilience and personal branding and impact. We are very excited about this session as we believe it meets the needs of our HR community and is the start of an active programme for our members in 2016/17.
We are also really fortunate that colleagues from Epsom and St Helier will be delivering a Patient First Workshop on 8th June sharing with the attendees their experiences in engaging 5,000 staff in improving patient experience. This promises to be a really interesting session and we have extended invites to colleagues in the Midlands and Welsh branches to share the learning. None of this would be possible without the commitment and enthusiasm of the committee members who help make it happen and do this on top of their busy day jobs. So thank you to them.
The beauty of HPMA and the branches is the opportunity to share ideas and plans so that we can all benefit from the opportunities to deliver the aim of the HPMA. The opportunity of working with our commercial partners is also beneficial and we have been fortunate for the South West events to be supported by some of these partners such as Penna and Chamberlain Dunn Learning with provision of facilitators and others such as DAC Beachcrofts and Bevan Brittan in the provision of venues and refreshments. And for a Branch with very limited funds this has been very much appreciated! 
We would highly recommend everyone takes advantage of what is available out there.
 Alison Kingscott, Director of HR and OD at Salisbury NHS Trust

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