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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.”

Jon Restell portrait 2021

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

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
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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
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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
Jon Restell in discussion with NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens at the MiP Members' Summit in October 2017.

The last month has shown me once again that managers are impressive, stand-out people, writes Jon Restell. They are managing in a system under intense pressure, without the money to keep up with demand, while facing huge workforce challenges.

01 December 2017 | By Jon Restell
Leading Edge
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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.

31 October 2023 | By MiP
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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Elections to MiP's National Committee for 2024-25 are taking place for all nations and regions of the UK. Find out more about the committee's work and how to get yourself nominated.

28 July 2023 | By MiP
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Failure to incorporate pay and consider management functions in long term workforce plan a 'big risk', says MiP chief executive Jon Restell.

03 July 2023 | By MiP
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New research by think tank IPPR highlights the scale of undermanagement in the NHS and how it is preventing clinicians from treating patients

08 June 2023 | By MiP
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Following a meeting of the NHS Staff Council, trade unions have voted to accept the government's pay offer for NHS staff in England.

03 May 2023 | By MiP
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MiP are hiring 3x National Officers to join our team of highly motivated officers throughout the UK.

20 April 2023 | By MiP
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MiP Chief Executive, Jon Restell, responds to Patricia Hewitt's review of Integrated Care Systems in England

04 April 2023 | By MiP
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Following months of strike action, the UK government have made a new and significantly improved pay offer for NHS staff in England.

21 March 2023 | By MiP
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