NHS London Shared Service consultation launched

NHS London Shared Service is consulting its staff on a move to other NHS organisations in London.

Tuesday 26 April saw the launch of the new consultation for staff at NHS London Shared Service (formerly NEL CSU), who are being consulted on their proposed assignment to four London CCGs and other receiving organisations in London. This will be a 30-day consultation which will conclude on 26 May 2022. The mechanism of transfer for LSS staff to their receiver organisations will be a combination of Transfer Scheme, TUPE and COSOP (also known as TUPE-like), underpinned by the overarching principles of an employment commitment for all and protection of employment, which are guiding the consultation.

It is proposed that staff are assigned to one of the following.

  • North Central London CCG
  • North East London CCG
  • South East London CCG
  • South West London CCG
  • NHS England and Improvement (London Region)
  • The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

This consultation is the final step in the disestablishment of NEL Commissioning Support Unit, with its services moving to a number of NHS organisations as above.

This transition has been endorsed by the Clinical Commissioning Groups’ programme leads and NHS England and Improvement (London Region) who are keen to ensure that there is minimal uncertainty for staff arising out of this delay. It is essential that service provision is protected for London’s residents and patients, as well as to ensure business continuity for customers and minimal disruption for the staff providing these services.

NHS London Shared Service and the CCGs have agreed that LSS staff in scope to transfer to them will be invited to join CCG engagement events in connection with the transition to ICBs. This will allow LSS staff involvement in the dialogue so that ICB plans are created with their knowledge, skills and experience factored into the development of future ways of working.

LSS would like to ask CCG colleagues to be considerate in day-to-day dealings with LSS staff over the next month, recognising that they are subject to a consultation process. We are planning an on-boarding programme to ensure LSS staff joining us have a positive and supported journey into our organisation.