HPMA Excellence in People Awards 2021 Category sponsors

Academi Wales was established in June 2013 as the Welsh public service’s centre for leadership excellence. Academi Wales provides access to cutting edge development opportunities for all public service leaders and managers, building capability, capacity and collaboration to deliver the best public services for Wales. gov.wales/academiwales


NHS England and NHS Improvement sponsors the following categories: HR Director of the Year, Deputy Director of the Year and Team of the Year. NHS England and NHS Improvement leads the National Health Service (NHS) in England. The NHS is one of the largest employers in the world, and is the biggest in Europe, with over 1.3 million staff. From 1 April 2019, NHS England and NHS Improvement are working together as a new single organisation to better support the NHS to deliver improved care for patients. In July 2020, NHS England and NHS Improvement launched We are the NHS: People Plan 2020/21 – action for us all, which along with Our People Promise, sets out what our NHS people can expect from their leaders and from each other.


Health and care is a complex ecosystem. You need advisers who understand every part of it, how it connects and your specific circumstances, particularly given the changes proposed in the Health White Paper.

Mills & Reeve is a national leader in the sector, operating from six offices across England.  We have been recognised in ‘The Sunday Times’ Best 100 Companies to Work For’ list for 17 consecutive years which is reflective of our inclusive, innovative and engaging culture.

We have a national team of 12 specialist health partners and 120 lawyers providing a full range of legal services to commissioners, providers and others.



HealthSectorTalent® also known as HST is an award-winning healthcare talent consultancy working in partnership with both providers and governments. We provide expertise across the entire applicant lifecycle including talent acquisition strategy, source market intelligence, process design, outsourced recruitment marketing, technology and candidate management for permanent and temporary staffing. Forward thinking organisations choose us because of our global reach and customisable solutions including direct, hybrid and end-to-end delivery. Our holistic approach to talent acquisition is focused on delivering greater predictability of supply and a lower candidate acquisition cost through a partnership that goes beyond simply filling a vacancy.

Healthcare Talent Acquisition. More Than Recruitment.

Visit www.hst.health


The national Social Partnership Forum (SPF) includes NHS Employers, NHS Trade Unions, Health Education England, NHS England and NHS Improvement, and the Department of Health and Social Care. The SPF enables trade unions and employers to contribute to the development and implementation of policy where it impacts on the NHS workforce. The Forum also promotes and encourages good practice social partnership working in the NHS, as it brings important benefits for both employers and staff and can have a positive influence on the patient experience.


www.socialpartnershipforum.org @NationalSPF

Bevan Brittan is a UK-Top 100 national law firm providing a comprehensive range of legal and advisory services to over 800 businesses as well as being a market-leading firm within the health and social care, housing and local and central government. Our award-winning teams provide commercial, corporate, property, regulatory, employment and litigation (commercial and clinical negligence) legal advice. Highly skilled, our people have built up exceptional knowledge overtime in their chosen markets to gain invaluable experience and deliver a confident, rounded view. On this foundation of partnership, market insight and commercial strength, we proactively and passionately deliver legal and regulatory advice that generates outstanding results and truly delivers value for our clients. www.bevanbrittan.com@BevanBrittanLLP

With over 70 years’ experience working in healthcare, DAC Beachcroft is the firm of choice for healthcare providers in today’s complex and ever-changing environment.

Working on cutting edge projects with a range of healthcare organisations, we combine a practical and innovative approach with a wide breadth of strategic, commercial and regulatory legal knowledge to help our clients to provide the highest quality care for patients.

Our 200 strong award-winning team help clients structure complex transactions, anticipate policy and regulatory challenges and address compliance and other risks through robust, pragmatic solutions.



Locum’s Nest, the workforce technology company listed in The Telegraph’s “Top 5 ideas to save the NHS” is on a mission to solve the NHS staffing puzzle. Our multi-product platform’s aims to unlock the market’s potential for tech-led workforce management across the NHS.

Our flagship product Locum’s Nest Match, connects 30,000+ healthcare professionals to vacant work in nearly 40 NHS Trust and hundreds of GP practices, facilitating collaborative banks, saving the NHS millions while ensuring gold-standard quality of care for patients.



Established on 1 October 2018, Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) is the only Special Health Authority within NHS Wales. We sit alongside Health Boards and Trusts, and have a leading role in the education, training, development, and shaping of the healthcare workforce in Wales, in order to ensure high-quality care for the people of Wales. www.heiw.nhs.wales


Hempsons employment team understands the workforce challenges within the NHS and are experts on national terms and conditions, disciplinary and capability issues (including MHPS for doctors), TUPE transfers and the full range of NHS HR issues. We provide robust, actionable and knowledgeable advice quickly across the full range of services in this area.



Capsticks is the UK’s leading specialist healthcare law firm. Our national Employment Team of 50 specialist lawyers, along with our unique HR Advisory and Consultancy Services, advise healthcare clients across the country, including NHS provider and commissioning organisations, national advisory bodies and independent healthcare providers. We have the skills and experience to help you achieve your goals, because we know the healthcare business inside out. At a time of continuing pressure on workforce leaders in healthcare to deliver both savings and quality, we are helping them and their organisations by providing innovative and cost-effective legal solutions. www.capsticks.com/expertise/health-and-social-care/employment/


With a team of over 200 lawyers and national coverage, we are one of the leading firms providing legal advice and support to the NHS and independent healthcare organisations. We act for more than 100 NHS bodies and are on all of the national framework agreements – NHS SBS, NHS CPC, HealthTrust Europe, NHS Resolution, NHS Commercial Alliance and CCS.

Our expertise and experience mean that we understand the issues you face and the clear and practical advice that you require, especially as services and systems become more integrated.



The Browne Jacobson health law team is a recognised leader in the provision of legal services to the health and social care sector having had a sizeable health law practice for many years. Our experience in both the public and private sector results in the firm being ideally placed to advise health organisations in a rapidly changing environment. Our clients include over fifty aspirant and established foundation trusts, acute trusts and hospital groups, mental health and well-being trusts, ambulance trusts, commissioning organisations, health regulators, clinical litigation organisations, private sector providers, independent healthcare groups and healthcare social enterprises.

Our understanding of the health and social care sector and our experience representing and advising clients on a range of highly emotive or contentious issues makes us ideally placed to provide timely, considered and focussed advice. www.brownejacobson.com


University of Bradford is a centre of excellence for teaching and research, harnessing technology for the good of society through our academic themes of advanced healthcare, innovative engineering, and sustainable societies. Our students learn from academic experts who are shaping the future of their sectors, in world class facilities. Strong links with industry leaders ensure all students gain real world practical experience. This outstanding provision means our graduates are global in their perspective, capable in their abilities and highly employable.

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