WORKFORCE: Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust hit its cost improvement plan target in the year to September 2011, but had to save £610,000 through vacancy freezes.

Board papers for November obtained by HSJ under the freedom of information act show that the trust fully achieved its CIP of £4.63m for the year to month six.

However, “£610,000 of CIPs have been mitigated year to date through the planned holding of vacancies to ensure targets are achieved through the underlying vacancy position.

The trust forecasts it will meet its CIP target in full.

Berkshire Healthcare was still beating its surplus target in September, reporting a £588,000 surplus, £76,000 better than planned.