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The CSP collaborates with the following bodies and organisations.

NHS Partnership Fora

English NHS Social Partnership Forum

Other organisations are listed further down the page: see more entries.

The Social Partnership Forum is a tri-partite body made up of NHS Employers, NHS trade unions and the government. The SPF works to ensure early involvement for both employers and the unions in policy development and implementation, particularly in relation to the workforce implications. The CSP is represented on the Social Partnership Forum by its director of Employment Relations & Union Services (ERUS).

Social Partnership Forum

Northern Ireland Partnership Forum

A tripartite body including representatives from the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS), employers and staff side organisations.

Northern Ireland Partnership Forum

Scottish Partnership Forum

This is the lead body with a strategic focus where partners work together on national priorities for health in Scotland, eg the policy on smoking in public places. It has a clear focus on service change and modernisation, service delivery and the workforce.

Scottish Partnership Forum

Welsh Partnership Forum

The Welsh Partnership Forum is a tripartite group, sponsored by the Welsh Assembly Government, consisting of representatives of the fourteen recognised healthcare trade unions for NHS Wales, representatives of senior management for NHS Wales and representatives from the Welsh Assembly Government. The main purpose of the Welsh Partnership Forum is the development, support and delivery of workforce policies on national, regional and local levels.

The Forum provides strategy leadership on partnership working between employers and employee representatives and is involved in all aspects of strategic implementation including planning, education, recruitment, retention, development and support of NHS Wales staff. Peter Finch, CSP assistant director of Employment Relations & Union Services, is joint chair of the WPF.

Welsh Partnership Forum

Other organisations

  • Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)
    ACAS aims to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations, providing up-to-date information, independent advice, high quality training and working with employers and employees to solve problems and improve performance.
    Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service
  • Equality and Human Rights Commission
    The Equality and Human Rights Commission champions equality and human rights for all, working to eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality, protect human rights and to build good relations, ensuring that everyone has a fair chance to participate in society. The Commission was formed on 1 October 2007 when the three, previously separate, equality commissions – the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE), Disability Rights Commission (DRC), and Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) - merged into the new Equality and Human Rights Commission.
    Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Fitness Industry Association
    The Fitness Industry Association (FIA) is the trade body which represents every reputable organisation in the health and fitness industry. The CSP and FIA sit on a joint working party which explores ways in which physiotherpists and exercise instructors could work more collaboratively to promote patient care and to support GPs to refer appropriately to both parties.
    Fitness Industry Association
  • Hazards
    Hazards is the only independent, union-friendly magazine to provide the information and resources to make the union job of a health and safety rep easier. Hazards looks behind the company safety hype, and gives union answers to workplace problems. Using a global network of union safety correspondents, Hazards makes sure union safety representatives have the best information available.
  • Health & Safety Executive (HSE)
    The Health and Safety Executive is the single national regulatory body responsible for promoting the cause of better health and safety at work.
    Health and Safety Executive
  • Institute of Employment Rights
    The Institute of Employment Rights, a registered charity, is an independent organisation acting as a focal point for the spread of new ideas in the field of labour law. It publishes booklets and organises seminars on topics of particular interest.
    Institute of Employment Rights
  • Labour Research Department
    LRD is an independent research organisation publishing news and information for trade unionists. Around 2,000 trade union organisations are affiliated, representing more than 99% of total TUC membership.
    Labour Research Department
  • National Association of Educators in Practice (NAEP)
    The National Association of Educators in Practice (NAEP) is an inter-professional organisation which strives to provide the best possible support network for educators in practice across the Allied Health Professions, Midwifery, Nursing and all Health and Social Care Professions. NAEP’s vision is for high quality practice educators to play a key role in professional/academic development with a wide range of students both in health care and in other professions with the recognition that high quality practice education inevitably leads to better patient/client care. Individual members are encouraged to become a member (free subscriptions for 2011) and the CSP has a seat on NAEP's current executive committee.
  • National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
    The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) provides guidance, sets quality standards and manages a national database to improve people's health and prevent and treat ill health. NICE was set up on 1 April 1999 to ensure everyone has equal access to medical treatments and high quality care from the NHS - regardless of where they live in England and Wales. The CSP registers to specific projects and organises submissions during the development phase.
  • NHS Employers As the employers' organisation for the NHS in England, NHS Employers keeps NHS trusts up to date with the latest workforce thinking; provides practical advice and information; and helps them to network and share knowledge. NHS Employers also manages the negotiation infrastructure that supports discussions between NHS employers and unions on pay and terms and conditions. See also English Social Partnership Forum.
    NHS Employers
    Social Partnership Forum
  • Royal National Institute of Blind People
    The RNIB is the UK’s leading charity offering information, support and advice to over two million people with sight loss.
    Royal National Institute of Blind People
  • Royal National Institute for Deaf People
    The RNID aims to make daily life better for deaf and hard of hearing people. The RNID also provides information, advice, deaf and disability awareness training, and access audit services to organisations.
    Royal National Institute for Deaf People
  • Scottish Terms and Conditions Committee (STAC)
    STAC is a partnership organisation which exists to collectively negotiate terms and conditions issues for NHS Scotland staff other than those which pertain exclusively to recognised separate collective bargaining arrangements.
    Scottish Terms and Conditions Committee
  • Scottish Workforce and Staff Governance Committee (SWAG)
    SWAG's remit is to ensure NHSS operates as an exemplar employer and to consider all matters relating to workforce strategy and employment policies. It is responsible for the formulation and review of PIN (Partnership Information Network) policies. These set out the minimum standards which Health Boards must adhere to in their local policies, eg Dignity at Work, Employee Conduct and Capability etc.
    Scottish Workforce and Staff Governance Committee
  • Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN)
    The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) develops evidence based clinical practice guidelines for the National Health Service (NHS) in Scotland. SIGN guidelines are derived from a systematic review of the scientific literature and are designed as a vehicle for accelerating the translation of new knowledge into action to meet our aim of reducing variations in practice, and improving patient-important outcomes.
  • Thompsons Solicitors
    Thompsons Solicitors is one of the largest national employment and specialist personal injury practices in the UK. Thompsons specialises in helping unions to protect the interests of their members and publishes a wide range of factsheets and other publications of interest to trade union officials and trade union members alike. Thompsons supply the CSP’s legal services [link to Legal Services page] to members. Thompsons only acts for claimants and employees and is recognised as the leader in its field.
    Thompsons Solicitors
  • TUC Unionlearn
    Unionlearn aims to help unions to become learning organisations, offering programmes for union reps and regional officers and strategic support for national officers. It also help unions to broker learning opportunities for their members, running phone and online advice services, securing the best courses to meet learners' needs and kitemarking union academy provision to a quality standard. Unionlearn also promotes learning agreements and identifies and shares good practice.
    TUC Unionlearn
  • University and College Union (UCU)
    UCU is the largest post-school union in the world, representing more than 120,000 academics, lecturers, trainers, researchers, managers, administrators and others in universities, colleges, adult education and training organisations across the UK. The CSP has a joint membership arrangement with UCU.
    University and College Union


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