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Health and Social Care Act – recruitment challenges ahead?

30 March 2012

With the Health and Social Care Bill finally receiving Royal Assent this week finalising staffing structures and the appointment of individuals to key roles such as the Accountable Officer, Chair and Chief Finance Officer for the shadow CCGs will need to take priority.

A Health Service Journal survey has revealed that 60% of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) want primary care trust (PCT) managers as their Accountable Officers and to fill key leadership roles. However, recent data released by the Department of Health revealed that £168m was spent on PCT redundancies and early retirements in 2010-11 to help meet government savings targets. Perhaps even more worrying is that half of all mangers who signed up the Mutually Agreed Resignation Scheme (MARS) were clinicians and experts in commissioning and finance.

Only time will tell if CCGs are able to encourage those that left under the MARS scheme to take up posts in their organisations.

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