Happy New Year in 2016

Dear HPMA Members, Partners and Supporters
Happy 2016 for what I believe will be an exciting year for HPMA. I hope you all had a chance to recharge and enjoy some festive cheer since our last newsletter.
Firstly, in the custom of APPRECIATE, thank you as always for your commitment and contributions to ensure good people management in your organisations to enable better healthcare outcomes for our patients.
I am thankful for what HPMA has achieved so far, excited about how it is developing and restless to see us do more to improve people management in healthcare. I believe HPMA can be more and do more to improve the health of our nation. As I have said before – we are a people business, ‘People caring for People’. Health care is essentially concerned with providing high quality compassionate care and our people management therefore needs to be high quality compassionate management delivered by all our leaders and managers.
I wanted to kick off the year with a summary of what HPMA will be working on over the coming weeks and months to deliver this commitment.
As you know we completed a Governance Review last year and await the outcome of our application to the Charities Commission. From this we have identified the work required to provide HPMA with the operational model it needs to thrive and deliver on its ambitious charitable aims. Your VP/Branch lead will be able to let you know more and develop local plans for their events and work during 2016/17.
We also wish to embark on a process to define a compelling vision, clear strategy and realistic plan for HPMA that will set us on a firm pathway for the coming years. It is proposed that each branch, the National Council and the new Board of Trustees will undertake an exercise at their next meetings to develop this together.
The soon-to-be-Trustees completed a vision and strategy exercise this week at their inaugural meeting and it was great to see how many opportunities we have to raise the profile of people management. It is now important that as many members as possible engage in a similar exercise through the branch network and the National Council. As always, we welcome as much input as possible from members so please join in your local branch events and let us know your views.
There is a lot for HPMA to do in early 2016 and I am sure that you will agree that this is vitally important to ensure our people and people management skills are at the heart of delivering better health and care outcomes for the people of the UK.


Kind regards and all the very best for 2016


Deborah Tarrant

HPMA President

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