WORKFORCE: The mental health foundation trust expects to cut its headcount by nearly 10 per cent over the next three years, its strategic workforce plan shows.

The plan, released to HSJ under the Freedom of Information Act, states: “The paybill for the trust accounts for approximately 70 per cent of the trust’s total budget.

“In global terms it is known that in order to meet its Cost Improvement Programme the trust will need to save around £5m per year for the duration of this strategic planning period. During the same period there will be other changes which will influence the total size of the trust’s financial envelope, these will include some planned service developments.”

It continues: “The workforce implications of anticipated service changes (including those associated with the Cost Improvement Programme) indicate that between 31 March 2011 and 31 March 2014 there will be an overall contraction of 311 [whole time equivalent posts], this represents a reduction of almost 10 per cent.

“The reduction is proportionally greater for non-Clinical staff (13 per cent) compared to clinical staff (9 per cent). It is expected that the year to 31 March 2014 will show the greatest reduction and the previous year the smallest reduction of the three years.”