Partnership Working in the NHSScotland

The Scottish Government has been clear that it remains committed to the values of NHSScotland: the values of collaboration, co-operation and partnership working across NHSScotland, with staff, patients and with the voluntary sector; of continued investment in the public sector rather than the private sector; of increased flexibility, provision of local services and of openness and accountability to the public.

NHSScotland has a tradition of excellent partnership working with staff. Researchers from Nottingham University undertook research into the industrial relations model in NHSScotland that was introduced in 1999.  The final report for this research was published on February 1, 2012.

The two-year study reveals how a ‘mature and positive’ approach to industrial relations has helped underpin NHSScotland’s commitment to high quality patient care:

‘The Scottish Government and employers have fostered staff representatives’ commitment to health policies and organisational restructuring in order to improve patient care.’ The study also shows that NHSScotland’s handling of partnership agreements represents a leading-edge example and offers important lessons for public services throughout Britain:

‘In our view, partnership in NHSScotland has matured into probably the most ambitious and important contemporary innovation in British public sector industrial relations.’

 

 

 

‘In our view, partnership in NHSScotland has matured into probably the most ambitious and important contemporary innovation in British public sector industrial relations.’

Nottingham University

 

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