Derby Hospitals Foundation Trust has launched a second mutually agreed resignation scheme to help it deliver savings of £24m in 2012-13.
The trust ran a redundancy scheme earlier this year and said staff will be invited to request redundancy again. Any decision will be based on it is impact on patient care, the trust’s financial targets and the need for service efficiencies.
Under a mutually agreed resignation scheme (MARS) the staff member voluntarily resigns but receives a severence payment.
Staffside union members at the trust have agreed with the scheme going ahead.
Severance payments will vary from three months pay for staff with between one and six years continuous service and up to 12 months pay for those staff with more than 24 years continuous service.
Applications need to be submitted by 31 October with a decision made by 10 December
The trust has said it is unlikely applications from frontline clinical and nursing staff will be supported.
Karen Martin, director of workforce management, said: “It is no secret that, like the vast majority of NHS organisations, we will continue to face financial challenges over the coming years. Like many other NHS trusts, we are offering a mutually agreed resignation scheme.
“The overriding consideration with applications is the requirement to sustain quality patient care and ensure we can continue to meet service need.
“We understand that this decision is an extremely personal one and one that will require a great deal of consideration. Staff are being encouraged to speak with their manager if they are considering applying for the scheme.”
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