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Friday 21st October 2016

Partnership fund winners announced

17th September 2009

Eighteen NHS organisations have been awarded grants to improve services through the promotion of partnership working between the NHS and trade unions.

Health secretary Andy Burnham announced the Partnership Fund grants awarded by the Social Partnership Forum, which includes the Department of Health, NHS Employers and NHS Trade Unions.

The £500,000 fund will be split between the recipients.

Among them is the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, which received £40,000 for establishing a Learning Centre which will be available for staff and trade unions.

The East Midlands Ambulance Service was awarded £40,410 for creating a Community Engagement Officer post responsible for building links with local communities and involving them in the delivery of the Trust’s services.

Mr Burnham said: “Partnership working is essential to the success of NHS organisations and a great way for trade unions and employers to work constructively together on important issues of common interest and on changes which are important in the delivery of high quality services.

“The response to the Social Partnership Fund has been extremely positive and there have been some great ideas which will help staff take ownership of the place where they work.

“These innovative projects will allow staff to have their say in making improvements which will improve the quality of service that is offered to patients and the conditions in which staff work.”

Karen Jennings, Head of Health for UNISON, said: “Partnership at a local level between trade unions and employers is the most effective and progressive way to develop good working relationship and improve standards of care.”


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