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1 Public Health Local System - HR and Workforce Issues Regional Event Update briefing January 2013 Trade Unions Working in partnership through the Concordat Steering Group

2 Working in Partnership with the Trade Unions through the Concordat Steering Group 2 In this briefing Transfer Schemes Update on core clauses and timetable - staffing lists and additional clauses Other transition issues Directors of Public Health designate - progress and process update Infection prevention & control Honorary contracts Clinical Excellence Awards Advertising of posts Pensions post April 2013 Finance Guidance and support Job Evaluation Guidance Union recognition post April Staff Commission Guidance on transfer schemes Guidance on data sharing Guidance on transfer of claims and liabilities and employment liabilities HR zone access Clinical negligence liability NHS Pay & Conditions workshop

3 Working in Partnership with the Trade Unions through the Concordat Steering Group 3 Transfer Schemes Core clauses The Department, employers and the trade unions have agreed nearly all the terms of the Transfer Schemes. However, they have been unable to reach agreement on precisely how the schemes will protect terms and conditions after the transfer. Further partnership meetings are planned including a joint resolution process designed to reach conclusion in January. As discussed at the regional events, LAs and PCTs nevertheless, still need to make progress on the effective and safe transfer of functions and people and undertaking all the necessary due diligence. Other clauses The deadline for LAs to advise the Department of a requirement for other clauses has now lapsed. However some LAs have expressed concern as they have not had the necessary contractual information from the PCTs in order to make an informed decision. If your LA has not already notified DH that it might need ‘other’ clauses, please without delay.

4 Working in Partnership with the Trade Unions through the Concordat Steering Group 4 Transfer Schemes Timetable The senders have now returned the first batch of transferring staff lists to the DH People Transition Programme (PTP). 68 lists were received for transfers to LAs, which cover 46% of LAs. An update of the lists were due to be received by 15 January. Now that allocations have been announced, LAs need to ensure these have been/are agreed with the PCTs. The final staff transfer lists are to be returned from PCTs by 15 February. After this point any variations to the list will have to go through a strict control procedure. No changes can be made after 12 March LAs are required to confirm formally, their acceptance of the transfer list by 29 March LAs and PCTs need to be agreeing now the process they each have to go through to arrive at the formally agreed list by the due date. Remember: –if staff are not on the list they are not covered by the transfer scheme. –where staff transferring have already been agreed between the PCT and LA, they need to be notified formally as soon as possible

5 Working in Partnership with the Trade Unions through the Concordat Steering Group 5 Other Transition Issues Directors of Public Health designate A process has begun for LAs and the Secretary of State to confirm the appointment of the new Directors of Public Health designate. It is being led by the Regional PH Directors. This applies to those directors who are transferring directly to the LA on an 1:1 basis. A number of posts have now been confirmed. Posts not confirmed by 31 March 2013 will have to go through the full joint appointment process from 1 April 2013 even if the appointment is to a transferred member of staff. Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) The factsheet ‘Health protection and local government’ produced in September 2012 outlines the responsibilities of local authorities for preventing, planning for and responding to health protection incidents and outbreaks. The funding for this function has now been included within the published LA allocations. LAs and PCTs will need to consider the transfer of this function and which of the current IPC staff should be on their transfer scheme list.

6 Working in Partnership with the Trade Unions through the Concordat Steering Group 6 Other Transition Issues Advertising of Vacancies Interim arrangements to 15 March 2013 To assist local authorities in preparing to fill vacancies within the transferring functions, interim arrangement are in place –Local authorities may be able to access NHS jobs through arrangements with their local PCT –Where local authorities are unable to access NHS Jobs, they can advertise on the People Transition website –To advertise a vacancy complete the imbedded spreadsheet and send it through to who will then place the information on the –LAs and PCTs are asked to work together to fill appropriate vacancies pre- transfer to assist in reducing or avoiding any redundancies. Arrangements from 1 April 2013 – Work is in progress to try and provide LAs with direct access to NHS jobs from 1 April. If it is possible to achieve this, further information will be provided in March..

7 Working in Partnership with the Trade Unions through the Concordat Steering Group 7 Other Transition Issues Honorary Contracts (HCs) PHE will have transferred to it some NHS honorary contract arrangements for staff in PH, particularly PCT funded academics. However these NHS honorary contract arrangements will need to be reviewed to ensure that appropriate new contractual arrangements are put in place which reflect the operating model of the new public health system. Some guidance for universities and LAs on ‘NHS honorary contracts’ will be issued in February. Clinical Excellence Awards Agreement has been reached for PHE to become an administering body for Clinical Excellence Awards, subject to further discussions with ACCEA. This will mean PHE will be able to administer employer based CEAs for themselves, LAs and PH academia, negating the need to use honorary NHS contracts for this purpose. Funding of employer based awards will continue as at present with the exception of a transitional arrangement for LA employer based awards, agreed after 1 April 2013, applying to the current CEA scheme, where central funding is proposed.

8 Working in Partnership with the Trade Unions through the Concordat Steering Group 8 Pension post April 2013 (1) On 17 May 2012 the Department of Health and the Local Government Association (LGA) were pleased to confirm that staff performing public health functions who have access to the NHS Pension Scheme on 31 March 2013 will retain this access, on transfer from PCTs to Las Post April 2013 provision: –All transferring staff will retain access to the NHS Pension Scheme (NHSPS) if they are then compulsorily moved to another post within the same local authority and remain in direct local authority employment; –Transferring ‘public health professionals’ and staff in the 1995 section of the Scheme within 10 years of their normal pension age of 55 or 60 as at 1 April 2012 and those covered by tapering protection will retain access to the NHSPS if they make a voluntary move to another public health post within the same local authority; –All other transferring staff who do not fall within these groups, will join the Local Government Pension Scheme if they move posts voluntarily after transfer;

9 Working in Partnership with the Trade Unions through the Concordat Steering Group 9 Pension post April 2013 (2) 'Local authorities, as employers, can decide whether to apply for a directions order to allow continued access to the NHSPS for public health professionals and staff nearing retirement where they recruit “new joiners” to public health roles who already have access to the NHSPS. These staff could be recruited from the NHS, another local authority or elsewhere; –The above agreements are designed to focus on specific roles transferring to local government which are likely to: require specific public health skills and experience; be largely NHS facing; and be appropriate for staff whose careers are likely to move around the public health system. –A set of explanatory ‘frequently asked questions’ is being developed which will include more detailed definitions. FAQs will be published during January and February, beginning with a set for LAs about administration of the NHSPS. The weblinks on the next slide are to this guidance and other useful information:

10 Working in Partnership with the Trade Unions through the Concordat Steering Group 10 Pension post April 2013 (3) '1). Frequently Asked Questions for local authorities on administering the NHS Pension Scheme administering the NHS Pension Scheme 2). NHS Pension Scheme (NHSPS) Employer’s Charter (roles and responsibilities in locally administering the NHSPS) 3) NHSPS Guide (general information about the NHSPS) e-online(V8) pdf 4). NHSPS Tiered Contribution rates

11 Working in Partnership with the Trade Unions through the Concordat Steering Group 11 Finance A £5.45 billion two-year ring-fenced public health budget for local authorities was announced on 10 January From April 2013, public health budgets will be protected for the first time, with local authorities taking the lead for improving the health of their local communities. This will help drive local efforts to improve health and wellbeing by tackling the wider determinants of poor health. Building on advice from an independent expert group – the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation (ACRA) – funding is specifically targeted, for the first time, at those areas with the worst health outcomes. The funding allocations support the Government’s vision of helping people live longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives and tackling inequalities in health. In 2013/14 the total budget for local public health services will be just under £2.7 billion. In 2014/15 the budget will be just under £2.8 billion. Every local authority will receive a real terms increase in funding. See full details of public health allocations Providing a two-year budget will also give local authorities a clearer longer-term understanding of their future funding as they prepare to take on their new responsibilities.

12 Working in Partnership with the Trade Unions through the Concordat Steering Group 12 Guidance and Support Job Evaluation Guidance Working on behalf of the CSG, the Unions and the LGA are developing a series of benchmark public health role profiles based on NHS job documentation. These profiles include indicative job evaluation scores using the National Joint Council (NJC), Greater London Provincial Council (GLPC) and Hay schemes that are most common in local government. The profiles will be made available on an advisory basis to help employers assess how transferring jobs will fit into their local structures and to help develop future jobs. The suite of profiles will include a guidance note on the steps LAs should take in assessing jobs and options for future job evaluation. The documents will be published early in the New Year

13 Working in Partnership with the Trade Unions through the Concordat Steering Group 13 Guidance and Support Union representation It has been agreed that a sub-committee of the NJC will be established with a remit to examine post-transfer public health workforce issues and provide necessary advice to the NJC. The sub-committee will include representatives of the RCN, the BMA and MIP though it will not involve formal recognition for bargaining purposes. The exact terms of reference are currently being developed. Staff Commission It was agreed some while back by the NJC that a national appeals process under the auspices of ACAS should be set up. This system, commonly called a ‘staff commission’ will be designed to help mediate disputes about post-transfer grievances if they cannot be settled locally. The system will be voluntary. The exact terms of reference are currently being developed.

14 Working in Partnership with the Trade Unions through the Concordat Steering Group 14 Guidance and Support Guidance on the transfer schemes, data sharing, employment liabilities and a myriad of other useful information: Can be found on the HR zone access password hrz0ne (0 = zero)http://www.hrtransition.co.uk/ Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts LAs have asked about the CNST and the requirement for professional indemnity insurance for transferring medical staff. See the NHSLA website for details of cover provided currently Some authorities have taken the view that all they require for the services transferring is their normal professional indemnity insurance.

15 Working in Partnership with the Trade Unions through the Concordat Steering Group 15 Guidance and Support CSG Workshop on NHS consultant and VSM contracts, AfC & other key HR issues The date and venue have yet to be agreed but the plan is for the end of February. This workshop is to support LAs with an understanding of the terms and conditions of the staff who are transferring to them covering some of the more tricky issues about pay progression, performance pay, medical and professional revalidation, clinical excellence awards etc. There will be variety of key expert speakers including a forward look at the profession relationship with PHE.


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