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PDA responds to announcement of significant job reductions at NHS England

The chief executive of NHS England has announced that the organisation is expected to be between 30-40% smaller than the current combined size of NHS England, Health Education England and NHS Digital as the three organisation merge by the end of 2023/24. This means 6-8,000 job losses.

Tue 12th July 2022 PDA Union

Organisational change can be highly worrying for employees and the PDA Union are there to defend and support any of our members that will be affected.  As an independent trade union the PDA can help pharmacists understand and exercise their rights at work.  Details of the impact on each job across the three current organisations are expected to become clear in the coming months.

The letter from Amanda Pritchard to employees of NHS England. Health Education England and NHS Digital said:

Placing integrated care systems (ICSs) on a statutory footing from 1 July was a significant moment for the NHS. It means NHS England must now change the way we work and how we support leaders in local systems and providers to deliver our shared core purpose of high-quality services for all. We must create the space to allow systems to lead locally, working alongside our seven regions,

This means we need to reduce the size of NHS England and be rigorous about what we do, only undertaking activity at national and regional level, where it is necessary to do so. We need to simplify how we work across the new organisation and how we work with the wider NHS. And, as the NHS recovers from the pandemic, and the economic position across the country is tighter, we must also ensure our resources are used as effectively and efficiently as possible.

In designing the new NHS England, we will reset what activity NHS England undertakes We will review which functions we can delegate to ICSs. Where we can, we will build on the delegation of direct commissioning functions and explore what other functions can be delegated or transferred locally. We will also work with you to identify how we can best enable sustainable improvement in the services and care the NHS provides. We will do all this in close partnership with you. delivering on the commitment to genuine co-creation that I have made.

This will mean a significant change for NHS England. We expect that, by the end of 2023/24, the new single organisation will be at least 30%, and up to 40%, smaller than the current combined/size of NHS England. Health Education England and NHS Digital. We will take account of any vacancies we have

1 July marked a very important point of change in the way that we run the NHS. What I know won’t change is the commitment and professionalism that you, and your teams, bring to improving care and outcomes for the people we serve. Thank you for your continued outstanding local leadership in that vital task.

With best wishes

Amanda Pritchard

NHS Chief Executive

A general briefing regarding redundancies, which we hope PDAU members at the NHS organisations will find helpful, is available to download below.  PDA members who have already contacted the PDAU for advice on this situation, do not need to contact us again unless there are developments with your situation. 

thumbnail of PDA Redundancy and Restructuring Briefing 2019

You can contact PDAU in confidence to talk about any workplace concern or query.  We are also concerned for the general well being of members affected by this announcement and in addition to the support and representation available from the PDAU, we would also like to remind you of the excellent personal support provided by Pharmacist Support. 

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