The South Yorkshire Social Partnership Forum (SY SPF) brings together management and trade union representatives in an organised regional forum, to discuss shared workforce challenges and develop solutions in partnership.

The SY SPF is not a negotiating body, but provides an opportunity for constructive partnership working with trade unions across the region, and is formally recognised in the ICB stakeholder governance structure.

The joint chairs of the SY SPF are:

  • Christine Joy - Chief People Officer, NHS South Yorkshire (Management Side Chair)
  • Charlie Carruth - Regional Organiser, UNISON (Staff Side Chair)

The membership of the SY SPF includes representation from all recognised trade unions and NHS Trust representation from Directors of Workforce/Deputy Directors.

The SY SPF aligns with the broader principles of Social Partnership Forum working, as developed in the NHS over many years, and provides updates to the wider regional Yorkshire and Humber SPF. Further details on national and regional SPF activities can be found on the Social Partnership Forum website.

For further information on the work of the SY SPF, please contact ICB secretariat support David Prater –

The SY SPF meets every two months, currently in a virtual format. Meeting dates for 2024/25 are as follows:

  • Friday 19 April 2024 at 2 – 3:30pm
  • Friday 21 June 2024 at 2 – 3:30pm
  • Friday 16 August 2024 at 2 – 3:30pm
  • Friday 18 October 2024 at 2 – 3:30pm
  • Friday 20 December 2024 at 2 – 3:30pm
  • Friday 21 February 2025 at 2 – 3:30pm

Terms of Reference - please note this document combines the SY SYF meeting terms of reference and a broader framework for partnership working expectations within SY ICB

Key communications from SY SPF meeting 15th December 2023

Key communications from SY SPF meeting 20th October 2023

Key communications from SY SPF meeting 18th August 2023