Southern health service announces restructure

Health authorities say they plan to restructure Far South Coast services without any forced redundancies, but some staff will be moved to other roles.

Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) on Monday, October 26, was due to release a new structure to staff and unions.

"This new structure will best enable the Southern NSW Local Health District to meet the needs of the community we serve both now and into the future," SNSWLHD Chief Executive Margaret Bennett said.

"This also gives our staff certainty and direction given the restructure process started over four years ago.

"We can now move ahead with appointing new positions that go to the heart of patient safety and quality in an environment of ongoing workforce growth, with the new structure seeing an increase in overall frontline positions across the District."

The service said new positions included extra education roles to increase the number of graduate nurses the district could employ and "will strengthen medical leadership and governance across the LHD".

"While the vast majority of our over 3000 staff are not impacted at all by the restructure, a small number of people in managerial and support functions are directly impacted," a spokesperson said.

"The District will reallocate and support the impacted employees to move to other meaningful roles, and take up vacancies as they become available over the next year.

"To the greatest extent possible, all of these staff will be matched into like positions.

"Under the new structure all impacted staff will be given options to remain employed in our organisation."

The service said the release of the new organisational structure followed the completion of a final four week consultation period with staff and unions.

"The District held 43 meetings, both in person, and online, across the District during the consultation," a spokesperson said.

"This resulted in some really positive engagement, with 982 pieces of feedback formally received as well as numerous conversations and suggestions."

"I'd like to thank everyone who took part in the process, including the industrial bodies for their suggestions and contributions to the final structure," Ms Bennett said.

The District can now get on with implementation, with the aim of having it all in place by Christmas, to provide our staff with certainty as we begin the New Year.

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