WORKFORCE: East Kent Hospitals plans to make savings from its workforce totalling £54m over the next three years.

The aim is set out in the FT’s forward plan strategy for the next three years, which was submitted to Monitor in April. 

According to the plan, the FT’s workforce efficiency programme intends to save £10m in the current financial year, followed by £21.8m in 2012-13 and £23.1m in 2013-14.

The plan states: “The trust has a pay dominated cost base. It is therefore a key area for focus on productivity and payment rates.

“The workforce strategy promotes the reshaping of the workforce and reduction of agency staff and premium payments, both from a cost perspective but also for improved service quality and safety through reduced risks in use of non contracted staff.”

Initiatives in the strategy include looking at changing staff terms and conditions, for example for on call; controls on agency and locum spend; a reduction in junior doctor bandings and a review of clinical nurse specialists.  

Another part of the document notes that the workforce efficiency programme requires a drop of 297 budgeted whole time equivalent staff in 2011-12, with a further drop of 300 WTEs planned for both 2012-13 and 2013-14.