Public Health England
We are grateful for the contributions from colleagues on our recent data requests – it is important we have comprehensive data to ensure that while building Public Health England we have the most accurate picture. As we mentioned in the last edition, we will be building this up over the coming months.
We are at the stage where we will be undertaking further engagement with senior managers and HR leads in sender organisations and functions to ensure that the requirements of the nationally agreed HR processes are fully understood and that we are on track with our timeline. Please do watch out for further communications on this.
Local public health
Last issue, we mentioned the HR Transition Guidance and Toolkit, which has been made available to help HR teams through the transition process. Arrangements for accessing the DH Quickr intranet site for colleagues in local authorities (in anticipation of the transfer of functions from PCTs) are being discussed by the Local Government Association and regional employers and will be communicated as soon as possible.
We expect to communicate shortly the decision on pension provision for staff as part of their transfer from PCTs to local authorities.
Frequently Asked Questions – joint funding
Q: Will existing mechanisms for joint funding arrangements between the NHS and local authorities continue in the new system?
There is a requirement for health and wellbeing boards to encourage integrated working between commissioners of health and social care services. Through this, there is also an expectation that health and wellbeing boards will be able to play a strong role in promoting integrated provision between health, public health and social care. Clinical commissioning groups and the NHS Commissioning Board will also be under similar duties to promote partnership working.
The health and wellbeing board must provide advice, assistance or other support as they think appropriate, to encourage the making of arrangements under section 75 of the NHS Act 2006 in connection with the provision of health and social care services. These arrangements include the pooling of funds, lead commissioning and integrated provision. Clinical commissioning groups and local authorities may also make arrangements with each other to commission services on their behalf, where they feel it may improve commissioning. This could be the case for example, in meeting statutory arrangements for the provision of wheelchairs. The Health and Social Care Act 2012 ensures section 75 will still be relevant in the new architecture.
In addition, the Health and Social Care Act 2012 makes consequential amendments to section 256 of the NHS Act 2006, which enables the transfer of NHS funding for onward transfer to local authorities. Clinical commissioning groups and the NHS Commissioning Board will be able to make payments to local authorities towards expenditure incurred by the local authority that would have an effect on the health of any individual, or are connected with NHS functions.