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New government fund will promote partnership working

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Health minister Ann Keen has announced a new fund to promote and develop partnership working between employers and trades unions.

Ms Keen launched the £500,000 ‘Partnership Fund’ offering employers and unions a chance to bid for support to help develop partnership working.

The fund will build on the work done by the Social Partnership Forum, which has improved relationships between the Department of Health, NHS Employers and unions at a national level.

It will be used for joint training sessions and workshops where employers and trade unions can develop local agreements and work together to have a positive impact on NHS services.

Health minister Ann Keen said: ‘Employers and unions working constructively together can make a real difference to the improvement of quality workplaces.’

Karen Jennings, Unison head of health and staff side chair of the Social Partnership Forum, said: ‘Partnership working brings benefits to both staff and employers and, in the NHS, most importantly to patients. In workplaces where union's and managers work together, staff have improved working conditions and practises, they have greater access to training and development and managers communicate better with their staff.’

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