WORKFORCE: A paper to GMW’s January board warned that the “economic climate” may prompt Trafford council to pull staff out the trust’s community mental health teams.

Under an agreement reached in July last year, GMW provides and manages a joint NHS/local authority community service in Trafford, the paper explains.

However, it continues, in meetings with the trust in November and December, the council “articulated the need for transformational change due to the current economic climate” it continues.

This would involve removing 11 social care staff, with a caseload of 159 service users from GMW’s teams, and “aligning” them with the local authority’s neighbourhood teams.