The local government transition guidance for public health workforce

Published on Monday, 16 January 2012 10:09
Posted by Scott Buckler

On the launch of the local government transition guidance on public health workforce matters, Sir Merrick Cockell, Chairman of the Local Government Association, said

"It is absolutely vital that staff transferring to local government are treated fairly and consistently and that the process is carried out as smoothly as possible to ensure that a strong public health profession is developed for the future.

"Staff need to know that they are welcome and also be given a clear sense of their new working environment, otherwise service continuity and improvement will be much more difficult.

"The LGA has worked hard with partners to ensure this jointly agreed guidance will help councils to get to grips with planning the transition. It provides helpful information and direction to councils while recognising the important principle that most key decisions are rightly the responsibility of the new employer.

"As part of a commitment to help the process of local decision making around the public health transition, the LGA and Department of Health will be publishing a further general transition guide later this month. This aims to support primary care trusts and local authorities as they develop transition plans for the transformation of the local public health system."

 

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