What is the rationale behind this project?

In 2020, we published our People Plan. The first of its kind, setting a national direction for our NHS People.

The Future NHS HR and OD programme will help us set a vision for our future, building on our current strengths and identifying how we are going to achieve that vision. We will be setting our sights on 2030 and co-creating a vision for HR & OD, learning from the experiences of our profession and our customers and taking inspiration from inside and outside the NHS.

We want this to be an inspirational programme that charts forward our future and how we will continue to make a positive impacts on our staff and patients building on the learning that we are gaining through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first and most important part of this journey is to engage with our profession and customers to understand their vision for the future, what things we already doing well (there are lots!) and what needs to happen to enable us to meet our vision. This engagement will take two forms, that led through a series of conversation led by HR & OD professionals in regional groups and a Big Conversation which is open to all our HR & OD professionals and our customers.

OurNHSPeopleProfession.org #LookForwardTogether

What is Our NHS People Profession and #LookForwardTogether all about?

Our NHS People Profession refers to a first in a generation, national crowdsourced conversation for all NHS HR and OD colleagues, to discuss and re-imagine how to work better together and to shape the future of the people profession within the NHS. Watch this video to learn more.


Who should get involved?

If you work in Human Resources and Organisational Development within the NHS, or if you use the services of HR and OD, which encompasses all NHS colleagues, then we want you to contribute and play an active role in co-creating the future vision of our NHS people profession.

Why now?

This is a really challenging time to ask colleagues to stop and think about the future. The reality is that the way in which we have had to work over the last 12 months has changed dramatically and in many places we have had to truly transform the way we as a profession deliver our services. Never more than now, have the concerns about our people, being more relevant and important. The combination of those two factors mean we have a once in a generation opportunity to bravely describe our vision for people services in the NHS, what we need to get there and celebrate what we already do brilliantly - the time is now.

What outcomes will be delivered from this conversation?

We want to ensure that our NHS HR and OD practice are recognised as being among the best in the world, across both the public and private sectors, and as a result have the biggest possible positive impact on the care of our citizens, those who do the caring and those who support.

This conversation will allow us to look forward to that future, but along the way we will recognise amazing practice, identify investment priorities, explore technology to make our jobs easier and very importantly, get fresh perspectives. We want to understand how you feel and what you think about the future of our profession.

We want NHS HR and OD to be the best place to work and the career of choice for anyone wanting to work in the profession. As a result, the future NHS HR and OD programme will make the NHS not just one of the world’s biggest employers, but one of the most attractive and a place where our diverse staff feel supported and belong.

By involving as many colleagues as possible in a conversation about how we can work better together, we can; ensure issues and challenges are discussed; generate insight and co-create solutions that are driven from HR and OD staff themselves; take an inclusive and innovative approach to online engagement using expert independent analysis, and; use your feedback to create a practical plan of action for our community.

How do I participate?

First of all you need to:

  • Register on OurNHSPeopleProfession.org.
  • Log in to OurNHSPeopleProfession.org on 24th of May - or on any date before 6th of June – as many times as you like!
  • Follow the simple steps on the platform to take part – read, vote, comment, debate, suggest, challenge – whatever you are motivated to do.
  • We’ll send you prompting emails once you’ve registered, to help remind you what’s happening.

What are the rules of participation?

The rules are simple:

  • Personal comments, either by naming individuals, or comments which make identifying individuals possible should not be made and will be taken down by Clever Together, the site moderators.
  • Abusive or offensive content will not be tolerated and Clever Together will contact you if this is the case.
  • Clever Together work independently and will not share instances when they have had to contact users.
  • The platform is intended to be an open and transparent platform for anyone working in or with NHS HR and OD. No comments will be removed because moderators do not like them or they are perceived to be in bad taste. They will only be removed if they are deemed abusive or offensive.
  • If you don’t like a comment or idea which you think is in bad taste, just hit the thumbs down button!
  • If you see a post that causes you concern please hit the report button and let the facilitators know.

Who can I contact if I am having difficulty with this website?

If you have a specific question, you can contact the programme team at any time on: nhsi.futureofhrandod@nhs.net.

If you want to keep up to date with the latest on the programme, follow programme lead Tom Simons on Twitter.

Who can I contact if I am having difficulty with this website?

The platform is provided by our independent partners, Clever Together. If you’re having difficulty using the platform, or experience any problems, please email them directly at support@clevertogether.com - they'll respond promptly.

If you would like to know more about Clever Together please visit www.clevertogether.com.

How does the platform for the online conversation work?

The platform works a bit like a physical conversation or workshop, but unlike a typical physical conversation the online workshop doesn’t require you to be there at the same time and uses a digital crowdsourcing approach - a virtual room in which all eligible participants can join from any internet-connected device to have their voice heard, any time day or night.

Will my comments on the platform be anonymous?

Any contributions you submit in the discussion platform will be visible to others taking part in the conversation. However, your personal details will not be visible on the platform - your information will not be shown next to any of your ideas, comments or votes. This means your ideas will be treated by other participants based on their merit, not based on who you are.

How is the online conversation analysed?

All contributions, no matter how large or small, will be downloaded by Clever Together for analysis. They will then develop an iterative coding frame and use qualitative thematic analysis to identify key themes and trends. Clever Together will produce a summary report to represent the views from the online conversation, highlighting main areas of discussion, strength of opinion and outlining recommendations.

Who will know if I take part in the online workshop and what I've said?

The online debates are managed by Clever Together and no one will be able to identify you, not even the Clever Together team unless you share any personal, abusive or offensive content. We welcome uncomfortable and controversial ideas, but personal, abusive or offensive content will not be tolerated and Clever Together will contact you if this is the case. Clever Together work independently and will not share instances when they have had to contact users.

What will you do with my personal data?

We will only use your personal data in relation to this conversation. It will never be passed on to parties not involved in the project and will never be used for any other purpose. We will delete personal data we hold about you within 30 days of project completion.

This platform is covered by Clever Together's privacy policy. Clever Together is the data controller for all information you share. You may request deletion of your data at any time by emailing privacy@clevertogether.com at any time.

How will the conversation be moderated?

This online workshop is being facilitated by an independent organisation called Clever Together. In order to facilitate the conversation the team may need to:

  • Merge some ideas that have similar content. When two ideas are merged, all votes and comments are transferred to the new idea and the title may be reworded to better capture its essence.
  • Split some ideas that discuss multiple topics in one post. If your post contains more than one idea, the facilitation team may choose to break the post up into multiple posts.
  • Deal with inappropriate contributions. If contributions are reported to the facilitators as being inappropriate or highly offensive, the moderators may remove an idea or comment.

If a facilitator has made any changes to your idea/comment you be sent an automated response to explain what has happened - this email will be sent by the system and we won't know who you are.