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Jon Restell

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Chief Executive

Mobile: 07908 209 484

Email: j.restell@miphealth.org.uk

Twitter: @jon_restell


As chief executive of MiP, Jon is responsible for the strategy and performance of the union, acts as our lead media spokesperson, negotiates with employers nationally, and works to influence ministers, civil servants and system leaders on behalf of senior health and care managers.

Jon represents MiP members on national NHS forums and working groups, including the national Social Partnership Forum for the NHS in England (chaired by the minister of state for health). Recently he led work on national partnership statements for industrial relations during the pandemic and contributed to reviews of HR, occupational health and health and wellbeing management. 

Jon is the staff side co-chair of the NHS Pension Scheme (England and Wales) Scheme Advisory Board (SAB).

Jon  works closely with the MiP’s chair and National Committee. He is accountable to the MiP management board, comprising members of UNISON and FDA executive committees. He also attends UNISON’s health service group executive on behalf of MiP.

He takes a special interest in leadership development, particularly line management, and has tutored programmes for middle managers. Throughout his career, Jon has developed particular expertise in pensions and strategic development and worked to improve workplace culture and diversity.

In 2021 Jon became a non-executive director of the Workforce Development Trust.

Jon was MiP’s first member of staff when the organisation was founded in 2005. Before that, he worked as a national officer for the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (now part of the National Education Union), responsible for looking after members working in private schools, and as a negotiator for the FDA, where his wide-ranging remit covered members in the civil service, the NHS, the Houses of Parliament and museums. 

Jon loves food, history and fitness. “I’m always seeking out ways to improve myself,” he says. “My latest thing is training for my first half marathon.”




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With ambitious plans but little money to spend, a Labour government will need the skills, nerve and insight of managers to make its promise of a 'decade of renewal' in the NHS a reality.

11 January 2024 | By Jon Restell
Leading Edge
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The Lucy Letby case demands a comprehensive and thoughtful response. Statutory regulation of managers may be a part of that, but won't be a quick fix. Right now, we need to tackle a culture that deters staff, patients and the public from raising concerns about NHS care.

22 September 2023 | By Jon Restell
Leading Edge
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We need to challenge the widely-held belief that all-powerful managers are blocking change in the NHS. It's a lack of empathy for the difficult choices and hard realities that managers face which is holding us back.

27 April 2023 | By Jon Restell
Leading Edge
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Sir Gordon Messenger's review of management and leadership in health and social care could pave the way to better career management, more effective training and development and wider opportunities for managers. Sir Gordon talks to MiP’s Jon Restell about the review and what it means for MiP members.

03 August 2022 | By MiP
Interview
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MiP chief executive Jon Restell responds to government plans to cut up to 40% of management jobs following the merger of NHS England, NHS Digital and Health Education England

08 July 2022 | By Jon Restell
Analysis & opinion
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This pandemic has seen unprecedented investment in the health and wellbeing of NHS staff. MiP wants to make sure it's one legacy of the crisis.

05 February 2021 | By Jon Restell
Leading Edge
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To make sure your voice is heard, MiP has joined an independent commission looking at how the devolution of health and care services to city regions might work.

20 December 2019 | By MiP
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Whoever forms the next government, MiP will be unafraid to speak up for the core principles of the NHS and public service.

10 December 2019 | By Jon Restell
Leading Edge
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Welcome to our new website. And whilst we’re at it, welcome to Managers in Partnership’s new way of approaching communications.

04 October 2018 | By Jon Restell
Feature
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Outsiders would expect leadership to be one of the highest national priorities in health and care. But they would be wrong.

13 April 2018 | By Jon Restell
Leading Edge
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After months of industrial action, NHS workers in Northern Ireland have accepted a 5% pay offer for last year negotiated by health unions and the Department of Health.

05 April 2024 | By MiP
News
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NHS leaders must show how they are driving service improvement, delivering transformation, promoting equality and developing a just culture as part of new “competency framework” for directors introduced by NHS England this month.

04 April 2024 | By MiP
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Three-quarters of MiP members say NHS England's new hybrid working policy is more likely to damage productivity than improve it, according to a recent survey. Half say there isn't enough office space for staff to return to the office.

03 April 2024 | By MiP
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The latest NHS Staff Survey showed a modest improvement in staff morale, but found NHS workers were facing record levels of discrimination, and a significant proportion still plan to leave their jobs in the near future.

20 March 2024 | By MiP
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MiP alongside 13 other health unions have called for an above inflation pay rise for all NHS staff.

12 February 2024 | By MiP
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MiP responds to government proposals on introducing a separate pay system for nurses in England.

15 January 2024 | By MiP
Press Release
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Help MiP and UNISON prepare for the 2024 pay round by taking part in our survey on NHS pay. It only takes a few minutes.

18 December 2023 | By MiP
News
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NHS managers have their say on professional regulation, suggesting it won't improve how the NHS handles concerns raised by staff.

08 December 2023 | By MiP
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Thank you for joining us for our online Member Summit 2023. All sessions are available for members to replay. Catch up on what you missed here.

13 November 2023 | By MiP
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Jon Restell BBC Breakfast Interview

Watch MiP chief executive Jon Restell's interview on BBC Breakfast (28 August) discussing the events of Countess of Chester and calls for statutory regulation of NHS managers.

01 September 2023 | By MiP
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