Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) will today release a new structure
to staff and industrial bodies that guarantees there are no forced redundancies.
“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,” she said.
“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.”
These new positions include additional education roles to increase the number of
graduate nurses the District can 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.
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 release of the new organisational structure follows the completion of a final four
week consultation period with staff and industrial bodies.
The District held 43 meetings, both in person, and online, across the District during
the consultation. 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.