All change for health staff

ABOUT 600 staff from NHS Calderdale will transfer this week to new employers.

The PCT’s provider services will now become the responsibility of either Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (CHFT) or South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

The CHFT will take on adults and children’s services and SWYFT will take on substance misuse and alcohol services as well as health improvement schemes.

Patients’s medical records will also transfer by April 1 but it will not affect GP records.

The move is due to government plans to transform the way community health services are provided.

NHS Calderdale chief executive Rob Webster said: “We have worked with our staff and partners to look at how these changes improve patient care.

“Delivering a tailored service between home and hospital with transfer of staff to our partner organisations is one of the ways we can make the patient journey as smooth as possible.”

Diane Whittingham, chief executive of CHFT, said: “We are delighted to welcome our new colleagues to the Ttust and look forward to working closely together to ensure the people of Calderdale get high quality healthcare services in hospital and in the community.”

Steven Michael, chief executive of SWYFT, said: “We are delighted that the local substance misuse and health improvement services are joining our trust.

“They bring a wealth of skill and experience and can help us extend the range of services we are able to offer to local people.”

Patients will continue to access services in the same way.