WORKFORCE: Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust spent £300,000 on making two senior managers redundant, HSJ has learned.

Board papers for July, obtained by HSJ under the Freedom of Information Act, state: “Redundancy costs of £0.3m have been incurred for two senior managers in month four.”

The papers say that £160,000 was funded through “the release of the year end provision”, while another £150,000 was funded through “TCS [transforming community services] contract funding”.

The trust took over community services from Berkshire East and Berkshire West this year as part of the TCS programme.

The trust under-spent on pay by £428,000 in July, against a plan of £72,000. The surplus was “driven by vacancies across the trust”.

In the year to month four, the trust had saved £7.6m through vacancies, while incurring temporary staff costs of £4.5m.