10 / 8 / 2012
The major goal for all NHS organisations affected by the transition brought about under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 is to deliver effective change and to support business continuity during the transition. As part of this, retaining those staff whose posts have been designated as business critical throughout the transition period, by offering some certainty around pay and employment arrangements, can be key.
Recruitment and Exit Terms Scheme
In March 2011, the original RETs (Recruitment and Exit Terms Scheme) was produced, to support organisations in identifying and retaining key staff. Due to a number of factors, including the subsequent cluster arrangements for strategic health authorities (SHAs) and primary care trusts (PCTs), the original scheme was not implemented as originally envisaged and further thought was given to how an amended scheme might work. As a result of these discussions, the revised Retention Terms for Business Critical Staff guidance has been developed and is available on the People transition website.
National Policy and Process on Filling of Posts in Receiving Organisations
On 1 August 2012, the National Policy and Process on Filling of Posts in Receiving Organisations, along with an accompanying set of frequently asked questions, was published. The document, along with the FAQs, sets out the process for transferring staff to the following organisations:
- NHS Commissioning Board (including commissioning support services and other hosted functions e.g. senates)
- Public Health England
- National Trust Development Authority
- NHS Property Services
- Health Education England
- The Information Centre
Find out more about retention terms, local retention and eligibility in Retention Terms for Business Critical Staff guidance on the People transition website.
Staff transferring to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)and local authorities are outside the scope of the National Policy and Process on Filling of Posts in Receiving Organisations and instead are covered by the CCG HR Guide and Local Government Transition Guide respectively; both of which are available on the People transition website.
Our managing the transition pages also have more useful information and resources.