WORKFORCE: The foundation made eight staff redundant towards the end of 2010-11 following funding cuts for child and adolescent mental health (CAMH) services, a their 5 April board meeting states.

Alder Hey HR director Jayne Shaw wrote: “As a result of cutbacks in Area Based Grant funding a number of CAMH services are being reduced and/or withdrawn. From a workforce perspective this has, to date, resulted in eight members of staff being notified of redundancy at an estimated cost of £202,500.”

She continued: “Notification of further reductions in service is expected over the coming months. Under existing arrangements the risk for these services is carried by the trust who is entitled to receive three months’ notice of changes to contract and is required to meet all associated costs of the redundancy situation.

“This issue is being picked up with commissioners.”