St Andrew’s hospital restructure putting jobs ‘at risk’

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A PRIVATE mental health hospital in Northampton could shed at least 20 staff.

Managers are understood to make up most of the possible redundancies in St Andrew’s Hospital’s plan, and they have been handed ‘job at risk’ notices.

The hospital, off Billing Road, said the potential job losses were part of a restructuring of its workforce, and said new positions may also be created. But disgruntled staff who contacted the Chron said they felt hurt by the potential redundancies.

One said: “Some of us have worked there a long time and feel we were owed a bit more than this for our loyalty. I feel there was no real effort made to find alternative positions.”

Clare Allen, the human resources director of St Andrew’s Healthcare, the charity which runs the hospital, said “The charity is in a strong position and is caring for more people than ever before, but needs to ensure that it can provide great care as efficiently as possible in challenging times.

“These changes will help improve the way we work and ensure that we continue to deliver high quality, consistent care for our service users.

“We appreciate that any change is unsettling for employees and we are committed to providing support during the consultation period.”

When its construction was announced, charity bosses said William Wake House was set to create about 400 jobs at the St Andrew’s Hospital site by the end of this year.

The spokeswoman added: “Since January 2010 our staffing numbers have increased by 15 per cent and our key focus with any change programme is to keep and redeploy valuable skills and experience within the charity in order for redundancy to be a last resort.”

Some staff said they were annoyed the at risk notices had come so soon after three floods in recent weeks at the hospital site’s £58 million secure unit, William Wake House – constructed in 2010 – that have inundated the building.

The damage was caused by burst pipes and is believed to have cost almost £90,000 to repair.

However the charity has insisted the repair bill has played no part in the decision to place jobs at risk as it has claimed the costs on insurance.