The success of the way it has changed its services, and extra funding from Clinical Commissioning Groups, has enabled Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust to not only reduce the number of staff facing redundancy, but to strengthen its existing services.
Since the Trust announced its plans to revise the way it delivers its services, it has always pledged that it would aim to retain skills and experience and minimise the number of voluntary and compulsory redundancies.
The Trust will now be inviting 29 staff members, who had previously been offered voluntary redundancy, and due to leave after 1 December, to apply for existing vacancies and new ones in services created as a result of the additional investment, such as a new A&E liaison service in West Norfolk. A further 50 members of staff who were awaiting a leaving date will also be included in this process.
Andrew Hopkins, acting Chief Executive at the Trust, said: “The successful implementation of many parts of the Service Strategy has allowed the Trust to review its structures and increase staff numbers in response to patient safety concerns raised at forums by staff groups, trades unions and external partners.”
“Given the financial environment the NHS as a whole currently faces, the Trust recognises its legal and moral duty to ensure we use public money appropriately and to only grant redundancy payments after all other options have been fully explored.”
Next week, service managers at the Trust will start consulting with those members of staff whose posts were due to be made redundant. It is planned that the consultation process, recruitment and matching process will be completed before Christmas.