Acas support for NHS organisations undergoing change
The next few years will be a challenging period for the NHS, its employees and partner organisations as it implements the changes brought about by the Government's Liberating the NHS programme.
The reorganisation of commissioning and the need to keep within tight budgets will mean that some NHS organisations will reduce employee numbers and there will be significant restructuring.
As a public body ourselves and as an authority on change management and employment relations, we are in a position to offer not only a range of services that can help you through difficult times but also offer a unique understanding of the NHS and the challenges it faces.
We keep ourselves updated on the latest developments through our links with Department of Health, NHS Employers and the Health Service Trade Unions so we are in a position to help you implement these changes.
Why call Acas?
You can trust Acas. You can talk to us in confidence and we will help you and your workforce find solutions. You don't have to be in dispute. We don't impose decisions on you. We have over 35 years experience in helping organisations reach long lasting solutions to employment relations issues. This includes extensive experience working with a wide range of health service organisations across Great Britain.
Areas we can help with
- Managing change
- Maintaining and increasing motivation levels
- Reducing conflict in the workplace
- Improving JCCs and JNCCs effectiveness
- Managing staff redundancy programmes
- Looking at alternatives to redundancy
- Reducing stress and absenteeism in the workplace
- Facilitating focus groups
- Monitoring and impact assessments
- Improving line-management skills
- Working with trade unions
- Reducing bullying and harassment
- Handling difficult conversations
- Improving mediation skills
- Changing working patterns and hours
- Mergers and integrating groups of employees
- Contracts and terms and conditions.
How Acas has helped others
"Acas is always my first port of call for accurate information and guidance on important employment relations issues."
Gill Bellord, Director for Core Services, NHS Employers
Over the past three years Acas has provided advisory support and assistance to a multitude of healthcare industry customers.
Our regionally based advisors have offered advice and business support and acted as a 'critical friend' on hundreds of occasions to NHS organisations across Great Britain.
Our open access training courses attract more than 10,000 delegates each year from across a variety of sectors. We deliver a wide range of workplace project, training and advisory based services within the NHS every year. Topics cover the breadth of employment relations issues.
Our free and confidential helpline receives over a million calls each year.
You can view related case studies conducted by Acas below:
- A workplace project at North Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Trust: Building positive consultation and co-operative working (2005) [120kb]
- A workplace project at Craven and Harrogate PCT: Improving consultation, negotiation, and workplace relations (2005) [120kb]
- A workplace project and training at the Mersey Regional Ambulance Service NHS Trust: Tackling bullying and harassment (2003) [124kb]
- Workplace training at Swale PCT: Managing absence, bullying and harassment, and equality and diversity (2006) [295kb]
- A workplace project at Essex Ambulance Service NHS Trust: Improving consultation and working patterns (2005) [121kb]
- Working with Wolverhampton NHS Primary Care Trust [33kb]
- Working with Basildon Primary Care Trust [32kb]
A partnership approach to mediation
The NHS Social Partnership Forum worked in partnership with Acas to introduce mediation as a method of resolving disputes in the workplace. Further information, including case studies are available from the NHS Social Partnership Forum website.
Contact Acas customer services team today on 0300 123 1150 to arrange a free consultation with an Acas advisor. Our advisor will talk through your issues and help diagnose the way forward for your organisation.
Alternatively you can complete an online enquiry form.