The Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA) would like to thank all our generous sponsors for their encouragement and commitment to healthcare human resources.

Each of these sponsors helps to make it possible to put on these awards, which recognise and reward the contribution that HR professionals across the UK are making in front line services.


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.

Chamberlain Dunn Learning

Chamberlain Dunn Learning has been delivering bespoke learning and development programmes to public and third sector organisations throughout the UK for over twenty five years. It specialises in management, leadership, personal skills, finance and budgeting, and project management. Its 18-strong faculty of course leaders and associates are all highly experienced in these sectors and can deliver inspiring programmes to audiences of all levels.

Social Partnership Forum

The Social Partnership Forum brings together NHS Employers, NHS trade unions, NHS England and NHS Improvement, Health Education England and the Department of Health and Social Care. Its role is to discuss, debate and involve partners in the development and implementation policy that has implications for the NHS workforce. Effective partnership working brings important benefits for both employers and staff and can have a positive influence on the patient experience. A growing body of evidence demonstrates that the best performing organisations have staff who are engaged with their employer and motivated by the work they do.

DAC Beachcroft

DAC Beachcroft is the legal firm of choice for health and social care, with the largest health employment and pensions team nationally. We were named legal adviser of the year – public sector at the 2013 and 2014 Health Investor Awards. What sets us apart is our in-depth understanding of the challenges faced by HR Directors and their teams within health and social care and our ability to provide commercial, innovative and practical answers to a wide range of issues. “Exceptional employment practice celebrated for its expertise in matters related to large reorganisations and restructurings…. A very good team that gets results and offers good response times” Chambers UK 2015

Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW)

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.


Patchwork (formerly LocumTap) is on a mission to digitally transform your NHS staff bank. We have been proven to increase locum shift fill rates, reduce agency spending and deliver service efficiencies to your organisation. This is coupled with recruitment support to help you increase the size of your staff bank. We work closely with our NHS partners to address their temporary staffing challenges using innovative technology that streamline processes and bespoke digital marketing to increase your temporary staffing workforce. Built in partnership with Chelsea & Westminster NHS FT, our products include a cloud- based portal to help employers manage their locum vacancies efficiently, automate admin tasks and improve visibility with advanced data analytics. Our mobile app allows staff banks to better engage with locums, and for clinicians to browse/book shifts on-demand. Patchwork deploys a mature implementation strategy with our partner organisations and we provide continuous after-care support to ensure maximum benefit realization. We have demonstrated over 50% increase in the size of NHS staff banks, significant improvement in bank fill rates from 35% to over 90%, and generated cost benefit of up to £750,000 per year.

Academi Wales

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.


HealthSectorTalent is a recruitment marketing company working directly with leading healthcare employers to reduce their dependency on temporary agency staff through the direct recruitment of healthcare professionals. We are a single source for employers looking to develop and implement direct hiring strategies. We simplify the digital advertising landscape for our customers, while still embracing traditional methods of recruitment advertising. Our products and services include recruitment events, online recruitment & microsites and digital marketing. To learn more about our products and services visit

Mills and Reeve

Mills and Reeve is a top tier law firm and a health sector specialist. We operate from six offices across England, with 11 specialist health partners and over 100 dedicated lawyers providing a full range of legal services to commissioners, providers and others.

NHS England

NHS Improvement

The NHS Long Term Plan says that when organisations work together they provide better care for the public. That is why on 1 April 2019 NHS Improvement and NHS England united as one – our aim, to provide leadership and support to the wider NHS.  Nationally, regionally and locally, we champion frontline staff who provide a world-class service, and constantly work to improve the care available given to the people of England.

University of Bradford 

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.

Ulster University

We are a university with a national and international reputation for excellence, innovation and regional engagement. We make a major contribution to the economic, social and cultural development of Northern Ireland and play a key role in attracting inward investment. Our core business activities are teaching and learning, widening access to education, research and innovation and technology and knowledge transfer.  We are based at four distinct campuses: Belfast, Jordanstown, Magee and Coleraine

Bevan Brittan

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.

Browne Jacobson

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.


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.

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