WORKFORCE: Commissioning Support South, the commissioning support organisation for the Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth cluster, is expected to inherit 363 staff members from primary care trusts.

The cluster’s workforce report for March shows that 363 staff, or 337 full time equivalent posts, will transfer to the new organisation.

Meanwhile 89 posts will transfer to councils, 343 will go to the NHS Commissioning Board, 369 estates and facilities staff will transfer to provider trusts or NHS Property Services Ltd, and 112 will go to local clinical commissioning groups.

The report says: “Several assumptions have been made at this point, given that some of the details are as yet unknown. For example, the communications teams have been included in commissioning support for the purposes of this report.

“In addition it has been assumed that in the main medicines management is included in the transfer to the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB), although this could vary according to the future requirements of individual CCGs.

“Again, for the purpose of this report, NEDs have been included in the NHS CB as have the majority of board members. This will change pending future guidance and individual circumstances as the cluster progresses through transition.”