MikeBerry reports from the AHHRM annual conference held in Torquay last weekWithbest practice HR, the NHS can make it over the huge wave that is theGovernment’s ‘Agenda for Change’ ,according to its HR director Andrew Foster.Fostertold delegates at the Association of Healthcare Human Resource Managementannual conference that implementing the Agenda for Change pay systems was thebig HR challenge and a great opportunity for HR professionals to stand up andbe counted in trusts.Foster,famed for his extravagant entrances, tookto the stage in bright yellow waterproofs, more akin to a deep-sea fishermanthan a man in charge of the third largest workforce in the world. But, he toldthe audience, he was dressed like that because he was prepared for the tidalwave of change. Hislatest big entrance followed his appearance at the HR in the NHS conferenceearlier this year, when he rode on stage on the back of a motorbike.Butdespite the theatrical entrances, Foster’s message was a serious one. “Agendafor Change needs to be championed by the HR community,” he said. “Thebig message is that it is affordable and the majority of staff will gain fromit. So we need to fight any scepticism through the HR function.”Fostersaid HR had “confounded the doom-sayers”over the Working Time Directive, and the perceived problems surrounding it,through hard work. Healso attacked certain sections of the media for perpetuating myths and untruthsabout Agenda for Change.”TheNHS must aspire to have a world-class workforce, and pay modernisation equalsservice modernisation,” he said. Comments are closed. Embrace tidal changes with good HR practicesOn 5 Oct 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.