WORKFORCE: The foundation trust plans to reduce posts by 486 whole time equivalents by 2013-14, its three year plan shows.

The cost improvement programme outlined in the plan sets savings targets of £13.8m in 2011-12, £11.9m in 2012-13 and £10.2m in 2013-14.

The plan also shows that the foundation aims – through redesign of non-elective services – to be able to safely close three inpatient wards this year, and a further 1.5 in 2012-13, and 1.5 in 2013-14.

The plan states: “The trust has a solid track record of achieving efficiency savings, and achieved £12.7m of savings in 2010-11, £11.6m recurrently largely due to commissioning for quality and innovation (CQUIN) being included as a 2010-11 scheme.

“We are proud of the level of efficiency delivered in 2010-11, considering we delivered efficiency of £14.5m in 2009-10 and have solid plans to deliver 2011-12 efficiency through a refreshed and innovative approach to transformation,” the plan states.

“Our aim is to safely reduce costs and transform our services; therefore in 2010-11 we strengthened our divisional assessment of CIPs, with risk assessment completed by clinical leads to ensure there are no adverse impacts upon the quality of our services.”