British Society for Rheumatology Parliamentary Drop-In: New research shows cost savings from growing rheumatology workforce


Time: 14:00 – 16:00
Date: Tuesday 13 June 2023
Location: Room T, Portcullis House

We would be delighted if you were able to join us at our parliamentary drop-in to launch our new research on the cost effectiveness of growing the rheumatology workforce.

Our new research shows growing the rheumatology workforce, in line with our People We Need recommendations, would make meaningful differences in the lives of newly diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis patients.

  • The overall societal and health costs of RA would be reduced by an estimated £50 million over 5 years.
  • Critical diagnostic and treatment delays would be reduced by enabling patients to access needed timely specialist when it matters the most.
  • Patient health outcomes would be improved at a minimal cost of £152 per incident RA patient over 5 years. In the first year, the NHS would realise a cost-savings of 3.4 million due to reduced need for additional treatment and complications including surgery.

You will have the opportunity, over coffee and tea, to chat with clinicians and people living with rheumatic conditions about the findings and their experiences of rheumatology care.

If you are unable to attend but would like to know more about the rheumatology workforce pledge and access resources to raise these issues in parliament (including parliamentary questions), please contact me or visit our campaign page here.

Improving the management and wellbeing of political staffers:insights from Prime Minister’s Advisers in the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand


A Wellness Working Group online event.

Presenter: Dr Jennifer Lees-Marshment University of Auckland, New Zealand
Time: 11:00 – 12:00
Date: Thursday 8 June 2023
Location: Online via Teams

This presentation will present suggestions for how to improve the management and wellbeing of political staffers, drawing on research conducted in 2022-23 through interviews with political practitioners, including 66 advisers for Prime Ministers Scott Morrison, Justin Trudeau, Boris Johnson and Jacinda Ardern.

It will discuss best practice recommendations made by experienced staffers who have worked in Prime Ministerial offices in Australia, Canada, the UK and New Zealand. These include clearer orientation, more relevant and ongoing training, as well as training of those involved in managing, effective and positive feedback to create and office culture, and the use of tools to constrain workloads, maintain motivation and support wellbeing.

This will be of interest to existing staffers, prospective special advisers, and anyone who may aspire to, or find themselves in the position of managing other staffers/colleagues.

To receive an invitation to the event, please email

Wellness Working Group – Clarke Carlisle (ex-England Footballer & Pundit)


Time: 10:00 – 11:00
Date: Tuesday 9 May 2023
Location: Online via Teams

Clarke Carlisle will join the Wellness Working Group to talk about mental health and his journey.

Not only is Clarke a pundit on shows such as Match of the Day, Sky Sport and ITV Sport, he has appeared on Question Time and presented documentaries about racism and suicide in football.  Clark is also an ambassador for the Kick It Out scheme, which campaigns for inclusion and equality in football.  He is also currently on the Management Committee of the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA).

If you would like to join this talk, please email for a link

Vote Office Open Days


The Vote Office is running Open Days on Thursday 4th May and Friday 5th May.  

Visit the Main Vote Office where one of our team members will welcome you and help you with:

  • A tour of our offices & printing facilities 
  • Details on what happens in the Vote Office every day
  • Opportunity to ask any questions you may have about Parliamentary and Government publications 

There is no need to register in advance. Come and meet us in the Vote Office between 8am-3pm. 

Suffragette – film screening


Time: 18:00 – 21:00
Date: Tuesday 25 April 2023
Location: Parliament

Labour Women’s Parliamentary Staff Network’Suffragette’ film screening and panel discussion (Staff, MPs and Peers)

There are a few spaces remaining for this cross-party event in Parliament. The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion which will include Helen Pankhurst. If you’d like to attend, please email to secure a space. Places are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis. 

Today! Coffee morning with MST


Time: 09:30 – 11:30
Date: Monday 17 April 2023
Location: Attlee Suite, Portcullis House
Registration: Please email

Following the success of the coffee morning in  February, the Members Services Team is hosting another drop-in coffee morning for Members’ staff.  This session will be an opportunity to meet the team and to network with fellow Members’ staff and to find out about the many services the House provides to support you. 

Refreshments will be provided.

ParliGender Event: Menopause Awareness in the Workplace with Caroline Nokes MP


Time: 12:30 – 13:30
Date: Tuesday 18 April 2023
Location: Online via Teams

Caroline Nokes is a Member of Parliament (Romsey and Southampton North) and is the Chair of the Women and Equalities Committee which has recently published a report on menopause and the workplace. The report noted that too many people experiencing menopause have struggled with societal stigma, inadequate diagnosis and treatment, workplace detriment and discrimination, and that whilst things are changing there is still a long way to go. Her talk will reflect on the report’s findings.

For further information, please email

Conversation on Ramadan, Easter and Passover


Please note that links to the old Parliamentary intranet have been removed as of October 2023. Please use search on ParliNet to find relevant current details, if available.

Early in April, Passover, Easter and Ramadan will coincide. To celebrate this, ParliREACH is holding a virtual event on Thursday 30 March from 12pm to 1pm with Muslim, Christian and Jewish colleagues willing to share their personal experience of these religious festivals.

Please see this post on the intranet for further information