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MiP represents you individually and collectively, both as an employee and in your professional capacity as a manager. Helping you to develop your career and professional identity is just as important to us as protecting your job or improving your pay and conditions.

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As a union focused solely on health and care managers, we have a deep knowledge and understanding of the diverse and important jobs that managers do, the specific issues they face and how their outlook might sometimes differ from other staff groups. Bread and butter employment issues are always vital, but a managers’ union needs to also focus on professional standards and practice, building a professional network for managers and contributing to developing world class healthcare services across the UK. 

Our work on professional practice and standards not only helps us to represent you better in negotiations with employers and the government, it powers our policy and work on issues like NHS funding, building respect for managers and NHS reform.

Training, networking and professional representation

MiP already provides a range of services to support managers professionally. These include training and development opportunities, both through our own courses and our partner unions, the FDA and UNISON

Our annual Members’ Summit gives members the chance to take part in professional workshops, debate policy and network with other managers from around the country. In some areas, we have already established local or regional networks, so managers can get to know each other, exchange best practice and discuss common concerns. 

And every day, our national officers and local reps are supporting members with professional issues at work, ranging from Fit and Proper Person tests and CPD regulations to staff wellbeing and the management of change. Both as a source of expertise, and a link between senior leaders and frontline staff, our national officers, link members and reps play an important role in the professional culture of NHS organisations – one that is increasingly valued by employers. 

Building a management community

But we know members expect more. Now MiP is firmly established as a trade union, with a growing and active membership, we want to develop our work in this field in the coming years. Our plans include:
  • Identifying and discussing professional standards for managers on things like line management, health and wellbeing, disclosure and change management
  • Developing professional networks for managers and trainees at local, regional and national level
  • Campaigning to promote a better public understanding of managers’ jobs and the vital role managers play in running the NHS
  • Working with employers and national organisations to expand and improve professional training and development
  • Developing our members’ magazine, Healthcare Manager, and the MiP website into a valuable professional resource for working managers
  • Boosting MiP’s support for members managing system change through STPs, ICSs etc
  • Expanding our network of MiP reps and link members 
If you’d like to know about our work in building a management community, or would like to get involved, please get in touch by email: info@miphealth.org.uk
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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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After two years of relentless pressure, many NHS operational managers are tired, fed-up and ready to leave their vital jobs. We talk to some who are determined to stick it out and are reaching out to support each other.

26 July 2022 | By Alison Moore
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Karin Smyth MP, shadow care minister, Westminster 2022

As an NHS manager and MiP member implementing Andrew Lansley’s botched NHS reforms, Karin Smith decided parliament needed more politicians who understand how the NHS works. Now a Labour MP and shadow care minister, she discusses political landscape of healthcare with Matt Ross.

14 July 2022 | By Matt Ross
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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Times are tough, but MiP's National Committee has set a challenging but optimistic agenda for the next two years.

21 June 2022 | By Jon Restell
Leading Edge
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As the UK’s largest employer and a major producer of greenhouse gases, the NHS has a huge role to play in meeting the government’s net zero target for carbon emissions. We report on the scale of the challenge post-COP26 and the transformations in services, attitudes and leadership needed to meet it.

19 May 2022 | By Matt Limb
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Eleanor recently joined the NHS as a senior manager at an acute trust in England. She’s full-time but has flexible hours and works from several locations, including home.

10 May 2022 | By Craig Ryan
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Hazel has been working flexibly for more than 20 years. After the birth of her first child, she considered putting her career on hold altogether, but “I didn’t think I’d have the confidence to go back after 20 years bringing up the kids,” she says.

10 May 2022 | By Craig Ryan
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Workers increasingly see flexible working as the norm, but it has proved notoriously hard to implement in the NHS. We assembled a panel of experts to discuss how the NHS can overcome the obstacles to offer people the flexible and attractive careers they want.

05 May 2022 | By Craig Ryan
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NHS bodies are now being asked to collaborate rather than compete. But top-down direction cannot foster genuine cooperation, West Yorkshire ICS chief Rob Webster tells MiP. Only through partnerships can health and care staff address the huge challenges they face.

21 April 2022 | By Matt Ross
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Helen Carr on the MiP Stand at Confed Expo 2022 in Liverpool

MiP are excited to have a stand at NHS Confed Expo 2022 at the ACC Liverpool. We’ll be here on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 June.

15 June 2022 | By MiP
News
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MiP welcomes Sir Gordon Messenger's independent review of health and social care leadership and calls for honesty and investment in implementing its recommendations.

08 June 2022 | By MiP
Press Release
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MiP will be joining our fellow trade unions by taking part in the TUC’s "We Demand Better" march and rally on Saturday 18 June in London. Find out more here.

07 June 2022 | By MiP
News
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MiP Summit 2021: On day four, Matthew Taylor, Chris Creegan and Geoff Underwood discuss managing change under pressure, motivating people and how managers can be open, honest and even vulnerable in the face of the crisis.

16 November 2021 | By Alison Moore
News
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MiP Summit 2021: Anton Emmanuel, Lucille Thirlby, Chris Creegan and Helen Carr discuss MiP’s new guide to equality and diversity and the action managers can take to create inclusive workplaces in the NHS.

12 November 2021 | By Alison Moore
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MiP Summit 2021: In the opening plenary session, Karen Bonner, Tom Simons, Jon Restell and Sarah Gorton discuss Covid, recovery, flexible working and managing under pressure.

11 November 2021 | By Craig Ryan
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MiP's guide to managing change, Creating a Sustainable Workplace is launched at today's MiP Summit. Find out more and download your copy here.

11 November 2021 | By MiP
News
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MiP's guide to managing equality and diversity, Creating an Inclusive Workplace is launched at today's MiP Summit. Find out more and download your copy here.

09 November 2021 | By MiP
News
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There's still time to reserve your spot at MiP's 2021 Members' Summit. There are four online sessions to choose from, all at 12.15pm. Find out more and book your place here.

04 November 2021 | By MiP
News
Jon Restell & Jenni Douglas Todd, Smaller ICS webinar 17 September 2021

At MiP's September webinar, two independent chairs of 'smaller' ICSs, Jenni Douglas-Todd from Dorset and Gill Morgan from Gloucestershire, spoke to MiP members about the challenges of change, recovering from Covid and reshaping services for the long-term.

04 October 2021 | By Craig Ryan
News
Large mosaic of red tiles with word NEWS

MiP welcomes Sir Gordon Messenger's independent review of health and social care leadership and calls for honesty and investment in implementing its recommendations.

08 June 2022 | By MiP
Press Release
TUC demo graphic

MiP will be joining our fellow trade unions by taking part in the TUC’s "We Demand Better" march and rally on Saturday 18 June in London. Find out more here.

07 June 2022 | By MiP
News
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MiP Summit 2021: On day four, Matthew Taylor, Chris Creegan and Geoff Underwood discuss managing change under pressure, motivating people and how managers can be open, honest and even vulnerable in the face of the crisis.

16 November 2021 | By Alison Moore
News
Summit 2021 equality panel thumbnail

MiP Summit 2021: Anton Emmanuel, Lucille Thirlby, Chris Creegan and Helen Carr discuss MiP’s new guide to equality and diversity and the action managers can take to create inclusive workplaces in the NHS.

12 November 2021 | By Alison Moore
News
Summit 2021 plenary screenshot

MiP Summit 2021: In the opening plenary session, Karen Bonner, Tom Simons, Jon Restell and Sarah Gorton discuss Covid, recovery, flexible working and managing under pressure.

11 November 2021 | By Craig Ryan
News
Change guide jigsaw thumbnail

MiP's guide to managing change, Creating a Sustainable Workplace is launched at today's MiP Summit. Find out more and download your copy here.

11 November 2021 | By MiP
News
MiP-guide-equality-cover-thumb

MiP's guide to managing equality and diversity, Creating an Inclusive Workplace is launched at today's MiP Summit. Find out more and download your copy here.

09 November 2021 | By MiP
News
MiP virtual summit graphic 2021

There's still time to reserve your spot at MiP's 2021 Members' Summit. There are four online sessions to choose from, all at 12.15pm. Find out more and book your place here.

04 November 2021 | By MiP
News
Jon Restell & Jenni Douglas Todd, Smaller ICS webinar 17 September 2021

At MiP's September webinar, two independent chairs of 'smaller' ICSs, Jenni Douglas-Todd from Dorset and Gill Morgan from Gloucestershire, spoke to MiP members about the challenges of change, recovering from Covid and reshaping services for the long-term.

04 October 2021 | By Craig Ryan
News
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Join us on Fri 17 September for an in-depth conversation on the ICS reforms with Dame Gill Morgan, chair of One Gloucestershire ICS, and Jenni Douglas-Todd, chair of the Dorset ICS. Find out more here.

10 September 2021 | By MiP
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Events and training
With our parent union FDA, we run regular events and offer training designed to help you develop and protect your career
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12th Aug 2022
By Rachel Cashman
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22nd Jun 2022
By MiP
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