NHS staff facing potential redundancy or a change in their roles as a result of the government’s reform plans will be informed by the end of September.
The letter from NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson states: “I am conscious of the need to work in partnership through this change with those staff, particularly in strategic health authorities and primary care trusts who will be most affected. There is significant uncertainty for these colleagues about how many jobs, of what type and in what organisations will exist in the new landscape, and what this means for them. We will work with them and their representative organisations…in designing a fair and transparent process for identifying their future”.
He stresses: “Consultation with staff and their representatives will be handled locally.”
Later in the letter, Sir David writes: “Numbers of managerial staff will decrease significantly. Staff may also experience change in who they work for and the nature of that work.”
NHS East of England chief executive Sir Neil McKay has been appointed to oversee the regional support programme for at risk staff.
The “agreed HR framework” will be set up to support staff through the transition to the new structures, due to be completed during 2013-14. Sir David’s letter says: “All staff affected by change should have an initial interview with their line manager to discuss the situation by the end of September 2010.”