NHS England says it expects board level staff at clinical commissioning groups to transfer to new ‘designate roles’ or ‘displaced positions’ within integrated care systems.
A new HR framework, published today, says ICSs should seek to find suitable alternative roles for these senior staff, but does not offer any guarantee they would retain the same terms and conditions.
It says ICSs — which, under current proposals, will become statutory in April next year — will be responsible for carrying out redundancy processes where alternative roles cannot be agreed.
HSJ has previously reported how CCG staff below board level have been given a continued employment promise when ICSs are created, meaning they will “lift and shift” into guaranteed jobs with the same terms and conditions.
Previous guidance did not extend this guarantee to board level staff, nor did it state they were expected to transfer to ICSs.
The new guidance refers to “integrated care boards”, which are the NHS boards within ICSs, and which will subsume the current functions of CCGs.
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