WORKFORCE: NHS Cambridgeshire staff will be assigned to emerging consortia and “aligned to their most likely end state” in the new few months, according to the primary care trust’s chief executive.

New chief executive Dr Sushil Jathanna said in a report to the PCT’s March board meeting: “The national human resources guidance indicates that where staff spend most of their time on functions destined for transfer to GP commissioning consortia, the expectation is that they will be assigned to emerging consortia
by June 2011.

“Clearly, this needs to be done in consultation with trade unions and staff, taking into account consortia running cost budgets. It gives NHS staff concerned the opportunity to support GP commissioning consortia and it gives the consortia resources to support the development of their new functions.

He said a “phased approach” has now been agreed. He said: “It is anticipated that staff will be aligned by function to their most likely end state by the end of April 2011.”

Dr Jathanna added: “There should be recognition that the whole system is evolving, and this alignment may change. Alignment of functions do not change staff employment status and staff will continue to be employed by the PCT during 2011-12. A communications plan has been developed to support the process. I will keep the Board updated on progress.”