Headlines: January 9th, 2004

A new Employers’ Organisation is to be established for the National Health Service as part of an ongoing change management programme. The new organisation, to be run by the NHS Confederation, will be the authoritative voice for the service on employment and human resources issues.Its main responsibilities will be to draw together the views of health service employers on how to implement policy frameworks and then to represent those views nationally. It will also support the implementation and delivery of Agenda for Change and new contracts.

Around 50 staff from the Department of Health’s Human Resources Directorate will transfer to the new organisation. The posts will cover national pay policy, disciplinary frameworks, recruitment campaigns and HR communications.

The DoH director of HR, Andrew Foster said the new body would play a vital role in working with the department to develop policy and advising on its practical impact on the NHS. He said the NHS Confederation was the ideal partner for the venture as a result of the particularly close working relationship there had been between the two organisations in major pay negotiations in recent years.

The Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation Gill Morgan said it was looking forward to moving forward with the plans which it believed would bring real added value by giving responsibility for, and ownership of, the human resources agenda to the service.