The squeeze on SPA time was the focus of an HCSA motion at the Trades Union Congress that won unanimous support last September.
In the second part of 2016, among other policy priorities, we intend to focus more on the impact of the trend among cash-strapped employers to reduce vital training and development time, something which members often raise.
In coming weeks HCSA members can expect us to seek their views on the issue.
As with our survey on the impact of workplace stress that was conducted last year and which grabbed front-page headlines, it should be noted that the voices of Consultants and Specialists can have a sizeable impact when they are raised.
While the issue of SPA time may seem a purely professional issue, the impact of long-term reduction of this development time should be of wider public concern.
It is important that we hear about your own experiences, so please take a moment to respond when we canvass members’ views.