WORKFORCE: A mental health trust made a special severance payment of £327,000 to one person last financial year, HSJ can reveal.

Analysis of the special severance payments in the annual accounts for NHS foundation trusts for the financial years 2014-15 and 2013-14 show Cambridgeshire and Peterborough FT made the payment to an unknown employee.

These payments require sign-off from the Treasury and trusts must explain why the standard redundancy or disciplinary procedures were not followed.

A spokesman for the mental health trust said “severance payments are confidential” and it would not be making a comment. The payment was the highest special severance deal in the FT sector in 2014-15.

The second highest payment was at Royal Brompton and Harefield FT in London, which made a payment of £221,000 to one member of staff.

David Flory

David Flory received a £410,000 termination payment last month

A spokesman for the heart and lung specialist trust said: “The payment was made to a senior member of staff with a long service record whose departure was the result of an efficiency based restructure.”

Royal Berkshire FT made large special severance payments in 2014-15 and 2013-14, with payments authorised to one person of £114,000 in 2014-15. A payment of £70,000 was made the previous year.

Pay proposals put forward by the government would cap redundancy payments at £160,000.

Last month it was reported that former NHS Trust Development Authority chief executive David Flory, who retired in May, had received a £410,000 termination payment.

The Department of Health said this was what Mr Flory was entitled to after the dissolution in 2012 of the North East Strategic Health Authority, where he was chief executive. He continued to work at the TDA under a retention and exit scheme, which preserved redundancy rights for people who agreed to perform transitional roles during the NHS reforms.