Public health transfer: working in local government

This transition guidance has been developed by the LGA in consultation with:

  • The Local Government Trade Unions (Unison, Unite and GMB)
  • NHS Trade Unions and representative groups including BMA and RCN
  • A steering group of local authority representatives
  • The Department of Health/NHS Employers.

The principles set out in this guidance are designed to be fully in the spirit of the Public Health Human Resources Concordat (which is published below) and sets out the requirements for conduct of the transfer.

Public Health Human Resources Concordat

The Public Health Human Resources Concordat has been published. The Concordat has been developed by the Department of Health with NHS Employers and the Local Government Association in partnership with NHS and local government trade unions. It sets out a range of principles and HR standards, for managing the processes involved in the transfer of staff from the NHS to local government and clarifies the agreed arrangement for NHS and local government employers and trades unions in managing this important change.

As the covering letter sets out, the Concordat will be followed by more detailed HR transition guidance for councils, which is being developed by the LGA, councils and trade unions and which will be available in January 2012. Together with communications developed locally by individual PCTs and councils over the coming months, these documents will provide the necessary information, guidance and support for both employers and staff involved. It will help them determine local arrangements which ensure the best possible service to local people.

Further information

NHS terms and conditions – on the NHS Employers website.