The move will give personnel officers in local government and the NHS more control over forthcoming projects in the face of substantial changes in both sectors.
The NHS and local government are increasingly working together, especially in the area of social services. Both associations believe closer work across human resources is a natural progression.
Society president Keith Handley said: 'I think the two organisations have much in common, particularly given the likely future of social services, care trusts and the NHS in general. An alliance with the association would provide both our organisations with a powerful and influential voice.'
Association president Sally Storey added: 'There has never been a more important time for human resource professionals to speak with one voice.'