Relaunch of London Redeployment Service

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16 / 12 / 2013 11.20am

Since its launch in September 2010, the service has saved the NHS millions of pounds in avoided redundancy costs, through the successful redeployment of more than 700 members of staff.

A consultation in the past few months has seen the system dramatically simplified, to make it easier for employers to use.

The new version of the service's framework has been approved and endorsed by the London Social Partnership Forum and HRD network. In relaunching the simplified framework, it is hoped that more employers in London will be encouraged to implement the system, with a view to considering extending to other regions in future.

Download the new framework.

Background

The London Redeployment Service was set up in September 2010 to support London employers in the NHS with the significant reconfigurations that were ahead. It was originally considered as a need when there was an emphasis on moving staff from acute to community care settings. With the transition this need became even more urgent, with organisations closing down and new ones forming.

The redeployment system meant that staff who could have been at risk of redundancy then had the added support of a wider redeployment setting than just their own organisation. This meant less risk of loss of expertise, experience and skills to the system through reducing redundancies.

It also meant huge savings for employers - instead of a nurse being made redundant in one organisation and then securing the same job in the neighbouring trust, they could identify the suitable alternative employment and therefore avoid redundancy altogether.

The numbers of staff redeployed and the cost savings are a reminder that it is still worth pursuing beyond the transition.

The system was designed to be sustainable, with the ownership and responsibility on individual trusts rather than a central resource. HR teams in trusts are responsible for their own members of staff and this is extended to using the redeployment service. Use of an existing resource - NHS Jobs - also means that the system is efficient, as it is a resource that is already in place and no extra training was required. The London Redeployment Framework explains how to use NHS Jobs for this purpose.

To find out more about the relaunch of the service, please email harriet.taylor@nhsemployers.org.

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