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Management Community

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
Tony Spotiswood, chief executive, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Bournemouth and Christchurch trust has the best staff survey results in England, and ambitious reform plans agreed with partners across Dorset. But getting here has required more than good management, chief executive Tony Spotswood tells MiP

04 October 2018 | By Matt Ross
Dido Harding, the new chair of NHS Improvement, has called for an end to the "heads on spikes" approach to managing NHS failures.

The Fit and Proper Person Test causes confusion and sometimes trepidation among many NHS managers. We explain how it works and examine options for reform.

12 September 2018 | By Alison Moore
Jon Restell - Chief Executive

Our job is about more than ensuring fair play once decisions have been taken, we need to influence the big decisions themselves.

24 July 2018 | By Jon Restell
Leading Edge

With the need to create a more inclusive culture high on the NHS agenda, here’s ten tips on how to champion diversity in the workplace.

27 April 2018 | By Jane Farrell
Jon Restell

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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With NHS services under extreme pressure, managers and doctors need great working relationships. Umesh Prabhu shares his tips for working more effectively with your medical colleagues.

15 September 2017 | By MiP
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Does the NHS have too few managers? Recent studies show that employing more managers leads to better patient care and more efficient services.

01 September 2017 | By Alison Moore
Interview - Heather Caudle

Heather Caudle is a pioneer of partnership working and one of just a handful of black leaders in UK nursing. As she prepares to join NHS England, she talks to Alison Moore about her career and her positive take on the problems facing the NHS.

12 July 2017 | By Alison Moore
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Following the inconclusive 2017 general election result, here are MiP’s challenges to the new government – however long it lasts.

22 June 2017 | By Jon Restell

Working in healthcare can be emotionally exhausting, even occasionally traumatic, but many staff don’t get the chance to deal with the emotional burden of their work, Summit delegates attending a Management Life workshop heard.

14 November 2018 | By Alison Moore
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Conservative Health Secretary Matt Hancock
Member reading an MiP Summit programme

16 July 2018 | By MiP

02 November 2017 | By Matt Ross
Matthew Swindells speaking at MiP's conference
Events and training
With our parent union FDA, we run regular events and offer training designed to help you develop and protect your career
A panel of health and care leaders have pinpointed the biggest Brexit risks - and condemned the government's inaction
11th Jan 2019
By Matt Ross
Two women NHS leaders warned that the NHS needs to give better support to senior managers and develop leadership teams that better represent the populations they serve in a conversation session with Channel 4 health correspondent Victoria Macdonald at the MiP Members’ Summit .
20th Nov 2018
By Mercedes Broadbent
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