North East & Cumbria

The North East & Cumbria branch of the HPMA has been established with Morven Smith leading the branch as Vice President, Alan Sheppard and Rachel Metcalf as Deputy Vice Presidents. A range of staff from organisations across the region are committee members - details are available from the branch secretary on request via


Upcoming events: Booking now open:

Workforce Planning Event: Wednesday13 November 2019 - DAC Beachcroft, Newcastle upon Tyne (9.30am - 4.00pm)

We are pleased to invite you to attend our free Workforce Planning Event in partnership with Health Education England, The Inspiring Leaders Network and DAC Beachcroft.

During this event you will hear from Bernard Groen from HEE who will give an overview of Workforce Planning processes and approaches and share examples of ‘good’ workforce planning. This workshop will reference an ongoing system wide strategic planning project, and provide feedback on its approach and outcomes. We will consider what the outcome will mean for us the ‘NHS’ and what we will need to take into consideration to move forward with workforce planning.

Using their health expertise, DAC Beachcroft employment law experts, Guy Bredenkamp and Sarah George, will explore practical workforce planning solutions for NHS employers looking to maximise the flexibility of the existing workforce through collaboration and good working relationships. We will look at both the legal possibilities and the potential pitfalls.

Finally Kirstie Stott, Director of the Inspiring Leaders Network will discuss; Flexible and agile working is not marginal to organisational performance, it’s a cultural essential
This workshop will share with participants the findings from the largest to date research into flexible working in the NHS undertook this year by The Inspiring Leaders Network.
Participants will then have the opportunity to begin to discuss & debate how we create the right culture for flexible and agile working to thrive and to become the norm not the exception and to consider what the needs are for both agile workers & those who lead and manage them.

This session is aimed at all Workforce and OD Professionals at all levels.

Due to the number of places at this event being extremely limited, HPMA member Trusts across the region will be allocated five places per organisation in the first instance. Should places still be available following this, delegate places will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. If you or one of your colleagues would like to attend, please e-mail Carrie Sherwen, Professional Development Lead,


Wellbeing Workshops:

27th November 2019 - Durham County Cricket Ground
4th December 2019 - Durham County Cricket Ground

These sessions will be held in collaboration with Hannah Bell, Wellbeing and Change Consultant

These interactive one day sessions will encourage delegates to stop the clock and think about themselves, their development and discover practical tools to achieve balance at work and at home.
The interactive workshops blend neurolinguistics programming, neuroscience, emotional intelligence; values based leadership, together with an understanding of how to manage the most powerful tool on the planet, our brain. Delegates will leave having discovered so much more about themselves and how their behaviour and communication can impact upon others. Such an insight increases self-awareness emotional intelligence and builds self-confidence within all aspects of life. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy something different; a day for you, all you need is a pen and an open mind.

These events are free of charge, the first event will be held on the 27th November and the second on the 4th December 2019 and will be hosted in the Finchale Lounge at Durham County Cricket ground. Refreshments will be available from 9:00am with the plenary programme starting at 9:30am and finishing at approximately 4:00pm. Lunch will be provided.

Who should attend?

These sessions are aimed at all Workforce and OD staff.

Action required

These are two separate events and all Trusts are invited to nominate two delegates to attend each event. If you require any further information please contact Carrie Sherwen, Professional Development Lead directly on 07826877477 or To book please click on the links in the dates above.




HPMA North East Roadshow event 'Workforce of the future' at Radisson Blu Hotel Durham on Wednesday 2 October 2019  - To view presentations from the day click here

  • HPMA President, Dean Royles
  • HPMA Executive Director Nicky Ingham
  • Dr Patricia Oakley, ​strategic ​service and ​workforce ​policy analyst and development specialist, Director, Practices Made Perfect and HPMA Trustee

Take a look at the full programme here.


The North East HPMA branch is offering members the opportunity to attend our first event, ‘Investigations & Hearings, A Practical Guide’ This event is free of charge and will be held on Thursday 4th July 2019. We are able to deliver this opportunity in conjunction with Andrew Davidson (Head of Employment – North Hempsons) who will host the event at their Forth Banks office in Newcastle. This in an interactive one day session, during which Andrew Davidson will provide delegates with a practical and in-depth guide to conducting HR investigations and hearings.

Who should attend? This session will be aimed at HR professionals and line managers within Workforce and OD departments with all levels of experience.

Action required: As this is the first event to be offered by the North East HPMA branch we would appreciate your assistance to guarantee maximum attendance. We would be looking for each Trust to provide a minimum of three delegates to maximise attendance. On Wednesday 15th May you will receive an e-mail from Andrew Davidson at Hempsons. This e-mail will provide details of the event programme and instructions on how to secure your places. To ensure all members have an opportunity to be represented please share this with your teams who will be able to respond directly to Hempsons. Hempsons will manage the event bookings. For any other assistance you are able to contact Carrie Sherwen, Professional Development Lead directly on 07826877477 or


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