WORKFORCE: NHS Surrey staff have moved to Surrey County Council a year before the authority officially takes responsibility for public health.

Around 65 members of the primary care trust’s public health team have transferred to council offices across the county.

Surrey’s public health transfer is among the first wave taking place nationally.

The early move follows the council and NHS jointly appointing Surrey’s director of public health, Dr Akeem Ali, in 2010.

The council’s cabinet member for adult social care and health Michael Gosling said: “The good work we’ve already done in partnership with the NHS has made this early transfer possible and we’re delighted to welcome our health colleagues into their new home.

“They have been brought in a year early so that we can work as one team to put in all the preparation needed to hit the ground running when the changes come into effect.”

The public health staff will remain NHS Surrey employees until the council fully takes over next April.