WORKFORCE: A human resources director made redundant by Wirral University Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust with what appears to be a six figure pay-off earlier this year has started work at another trust in the North West.

Sue Green lost her job as Wirral’s director of HR and organisation development in February following a decision to “streamline the executive structure”.

She started her new job as director of people and organisational development at Aintree University Hospital Foundation Trust last week.

Prior to being made redundant, Ms Green had been suspended by Wirral pending a disciplinary investigation.

In February the trust said the probe had concluded she had no case to answer. Days later it announced her post would be axed.

The trust’s 2013-14 annual report indicated that she received a significant package when she departed.

That year she received total remuneration - inclusive of a redundancy payment - of £233,361. The previous year her total remuneration was £130,814.

Ms Green was the last remaining executive director to have been at the trust before the arrival of Wirral’s current chief executive David Allison in April 2012.

A spokeswoman for Wirral said that an “ongoing review of all administrative roles” had led to her position being made redundant, with the responsibilities of the post being “absorbed into the portfolio of an existing director”.

She said the resulting cost savings had helped the trust to achieve a “very substantial annually recurring cost saving which has been used to protect the delivery of frontline care”.   

“The redundancy agreement complied with NHS standard terms and conditions,” the spokeswoman added.  

A spokesman for Aintree said Ms Green was appointed following “an open recruitment process which was advertised nationally”. He said the salary for the role was £107,000.

Legislation enabling the government to claw back redundancy money from public sector workers who later re-enter the sector is currently passing through parliament. However, it is not yet clear whether the rules would have potentially applied in this case.