January 2017 Newsletter

 Inside this month's edition; 

  • Welcome from Rachael Tyler, Development Director

  • New team member – Eva Burn, Events Co-ordinator

  • New Development Programme for 2017/18 – HR & OD as a Strategic Partner

  • Opportunities from other providers

  • Job Board




I hope 2017 has got off to a good start.


We are delighted to welcome Eva Burn to our HPMA London team. Eva has taken over from David Nwobu as Events Co-coordinator and is working with the team 4 days a week. Eva is on secondment from her role as a Recruitment Co-ordinator at Guy’s and St Thomas’. I know she’s looking forward to getting out to all our events and getting to know as many people as possible. Eva joins our small team with Diana Cliff as Programme Development Manager (working Monday to Wednesday), and myself Rachael Tyler as Development Director (working two days a week).


Jane Keep @janekeep8 supported HPMA London members to take charge of their own wellbeing with a session on being the best you can be, hosted by Capsticks. Reminding us of the importance of looking after ourselves whilst we’re at work. Those who were there won’t ever forget her encouragement to ‘#pee on time’. Wherever you are with your own wellbeing intentions, we wish you a healthy 2017.


This month we have also had the first two modules of cohort 1 of the ASPIRE programme. The first module also focused on ‘self’ and building personal impact, supporting participants to be resilient, self-aware workforce leaders. Thanks to James Devine, Executive Director of HR+OD, Medway NHS Foundation Trust @devinej30 for giving an inspiring short talk on becoming a workforce Deputy and Director. The second module focused on the wider healthcare system, understanding and applying system theory. Alison Blair, Chief Officer, Islington Clinical, Commissioning Group was the guest speaker and gave insight into system challenges in her area.


If you think your next role is a Deputy, Assistant or Associate Director Role in the NHS, then the closing date for the second cohort is 9am on Monday 30 January – see http://hpma.purrdigital.com/branches/london/aspire-programme for more details. The application window for the third cohort will be between 10 July and 2 September 2017. 


All Trusts collect a lot of workforce data, but how are we using the data to change how services are delivered and improve care to patients? Peter Reilly from the Institute of Employment Studies came to our recent session on HR analytics kindly hosted by Moorfields. It was a practical session with several participants bringing some current challenges in how they are using HR analytics to inform service improvements and improve recruitment, retention, consultant productivity etc.


We’re really pleased that the new Strategic HR and OD network, hosted by The Guardian is gathering momentum. We held the second meeting of the network this month with a full house of HR and OD Business Partners and Heads of Service. We’ve had a focus on preparing to deliver Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STP) during this network and David Grantham, Workforce and OD Director at the Royal Free, gave a very clear and insightful presentation into the process of delivering the STP in North Central London. Engaging staff is hugely important in the STP process and participants inquired into different approaches taken by Trusts – the Appreciative Inquiry approach used by Guy’s and St Thomas’ (thanks to Hendrika Santer Bream), the Listening into Action at Croydon Health (thanks to Michael Burden) and the Patient First approach developed by Epsom and St Helier (thanks to Nikki Bell). In the afternoon, two ‘clients’ came to meet the group of strategic HR and OD practitioners to get some help with their ‘wicked problems’. David Stacey, Deputy Director of Transformation at Chelsea and Westminster and Graeme Caul, Borough Lead at Central and North West London Foundation Trust presented their challenges around cost savings and reorganisation of services and use of temporary staffing. Participants worked together to present back their ideas of how these challenges could be tackled.


We are currently planning and commissioning our events programme for 2017/18 and have received lots of great expressions of interest from providers who are keen to work with the HPMA and deliver the programme. The overall theme will be ‘HR & OD as a Strategic Partner’. We will have an Advanced strand to develop the capability of workforce leaders to deliver Sustainability and Transformation Plans as well as a Foundation strand for emerging workforce leaders who are currently in band 4 to 6 roles. We will also deliver our core strands: Personal impact and Influencing; How to series of events around some of the key competencies and Transformational Change and OD.


A lot is happening across the system at the moment, not least managing the enormous winter pressures in all our hospitals. We hope you’re getting good value from the HPMA events you’re attending and we will shortly be sending an annual review of our achievements this year to all our members. I look forward to seeing you soon.


Yours Sincerely,

Rachael Tyler, Development Director, HPMA London Academy


New team member – Eva Burn, Events Co-ordinator


‘I’m sure by now you have seen my signature on all the event reminders coming through. If you haven’t already met me you probably will at the upcoming events. I been working in recruitment for in the private and public sector for the last 10 years and this year and had decided a change was very much needed, in keeping with my HR background I have joined the HPMA Team on a one year secondment from my post at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. I look forward to working with you all over the next year.’

New Development Programme for 2017/18 – HR & OD as a Strategic Partner



We are currently developing our new programme and hope to be able to send round a draft version of the programme by the end of March. This will allow you to see which events you’d like to prioritise for yourself and your teams. We usually publicise the full details of each event and the booking details about 2 months before an event. We currently use our email distribution list to keep members informed of events.

 As most of our events get fully booked, we reserve the right to limit the number of attendances from each Trust. See our restriction of places policy.

 We aim to maximise the number of members attending events and many of our events have reserve lists. We have a cancellation policy where we ask for 7 days’ notice if you would like to cancel an event or we charge a £100 cancellation fee. This fee goes to running future events.

Upcoming Events

Understanding employment contracts – Fully booked


Date: Tuesday 7th February 

Location: Capsticks LLP, 1 St George's Road, Wimbledon, London, SW19 4DR
Time: 2pm - 5pm 

Lawyers from the employment team at healthcare specialists Capsticks Solicitors LLP will lead an interactive training session on the ins and outs of employment contracts – from the offer of employment through to thorny issues around terms such as working time and notice.

Sharing Responsibility: Using a coaching style to move from telling to co-creation – Still have places left!

Date: Thursday 9th February
Location: Capsticks LLP, 1 St George's Rd, London SW19 4DR

Time: 09:30 - 12.30 

An HPMA workshop delivered by: 3d Coaching

Whether you are a leader, a manager, someone who supervises staff or engages with the public, the simplest learning from coaching can transform the way you do your day job. Coaching conversations that happen sitting down in rooms with closed doors are very useful. So are quick chats in the corridor where you support someone else to find their own solution rather than telling them how to do the job they're paid to do! Better conversations where you're doing business as usual or under pressure can change your organisational culture whether it's in a chat with a colleague or in a meeting. It will include some theory and ideas, a demonstration and an opportunity to practice what you are learning

Developing as a HR Business Partner 2017 – Fully Booked


Date: Wednesday 22 February 2017
Location: Bevan Brittan LLP, Fleet Place House, Holborn Viaduct, London EC4M 7RF
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Registration: From 9:00 a.m. (including tea and coffee)

An HPMA workshop delivered by: Shirley Dalziel
MBA (with Distinction); MA (Hons.) Psychology, Chartered Business Psychologist, Associate Fellow of British Psychological Society; MCIPD – Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management

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.

Recent events

Strategic HR & OD Network



ASPIRE Programme Modules 1 and 2


The use of HR analytics to solve workforce issues and improve organisational performance


Development opportunities from other providers

‘Introduction to Coaching’ courses at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust!                                                                                           

The Coaching and Mentoring Team at Guy’s and St Thomas’ is delighted to announce ‘Introduction to Coaching’ short course, which offers an overview of coaching skills for those wishing to use a coaching style with others: colleagues, patients, students, friends or family!

 Joining Information  

 The course lasts for 6 weeks, starting on Tuesday 21st February 2017 and ending on Tuesday 28th March 2017. The course timings are 6pm-8pm each week. 


This is an introductory level coaching course so no prior experience is necessary, however passion and enthusiasm to learn about all things coaching are strongly encouraged!

  For more information or to book a place, please visit:


Job board

Deputy Director of Workforce – Secondment Opportunity

I have an excellent secondment opportunity for an aspiring deputy or senior workforce leader to join our Workforce and Education Directorate, following the success of my current deputy in gaining a secondment to a director role in another trust. This has created an ideal gap for someone who aspires to progress further in their HR career at deputy level and beyond.

To be effective, you’ll be a role model for our Trust values and behaviours and will be able to demonstrate how these impact on the delivery of your role. You will have a successful track record of leading teams within workforce and will be strongly committed to providing excellent customer focused services in order to support the delivery of high quality safe and effective care. You will be able to demonstrate effective working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders including executive directors, clinical leaders and staff side representatives, and will be pragmatic in your day to day approach.

If this opportunity appeals, please get in touch with me for a discussion by emailing janet.lynch3@nhs.net or calling 020 8333 3036. 

Applications by CV to include employment history, current band/ salary and names of two referees to my PA Thelma Hatton thelma.hatton@nhs.net by  4th February 2017. The selection process will be held in early February.


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