WORKFORCE: Workforce costs in the “SHIP” primary care trust cluster were more than half a million pounds over plan in October.

The workforce report for the Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth cluster shows that total full time staff was under plan in three of the four PCTs, with Hampshire being the sole exception.

Costs were £526,000 over plan in October. However costs for “substantive staff in post” were over target by £624,000.

The report also reveals that a proposed TUPE of estates and facilities staff from Portsmouth PCT to Solent NHS Trust is now on hold. A vacancy freeze related to the transfer has meant the PCT is 5.4 per cent under target for full time staff.

Flexible staffing for the cluster stood at 204.1 full-time equivalent, down by 20.8 FTE – around ten per cent – since July.