WORKFORCE: Public health staff at NHS Wiltshire are to be consulted on transfering to the local authority under plans for Wiltshire Council to become an early adopter of government proposals to integrate public health into local government.

The consultation is due to start in June with a target date of September for transfer to the council by way of an agreement under section 75 of the National Health Service Act 2006.

A memorandum of understanding will be developed between the primary care trust and the council to ensure the PCT’s public health responsibilities are met.

Approximately 50 staff within the public health directorate are affected, while other staff who spend 80 per cent or more of their time on public health work may also be included.