On 31 March the Department of Health published its Assignment for Transition guidance to clarify the process for aligning PCT staff to support emerging GP commissioning consortia and commissioning functions during the transition period.
Key points to note include that:
The guidance recommends that a locally agreed phased approach is used. The first phase is to complete initial assignment by 30 June 2011. The second phase is to assign further employees ahead of the consortium establishment process. The final phase notes that before GP commissioning consortia take on their statutory functions PCTs and consortia will be in a position to prepare for any TUPE transfers.
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