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Trusts break the bank for polysystems managers

By Ian Quinn

NHS trusts are spending up to £14,000 a month each on managers to advise on their controversial rollout of polysystems, Pulse has learnt.

The post of polysystems manager has become one of the most in demand roles in health, with the move to shift workload from hospitals to primary care, with NHS trusts in London spearheading the programme and trusts elsewhere considering similar major shifts in care.

Trusts in the capital have been advertising for staff to take on the role, offering salaries of up to £700 a day, some of them on temporary contracts others taking on full time staff.

The move comes despite demands by the Government for trusts to slash management costs by 30% by 2013/14.

NHS Newham, which is advertising for a £70,000 a year manager, said the successful applicant would need ‘a though understanding of primary care contract prodedures'

Another trust says it is willing to pay £700 a day for a manager able to help the project gain ‘credibility' for its ‘ambitious' plans by spearheading a communications plan to sell the move to patients and GPs.

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