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The changing context of employment in the NHS: some legal implications of changes to employment contracts

The changing context of employment in the NHS: some legal implications of changes to employment... The NHS has undergone and continues to undergo rapid change. As a result of this the duties and responsibilities of employees will also change. Managers within the NHS have a responsibility to ensure that appropriate contracts of employment are held by employees and that, where required, variations in these contracts are documented. This paper uses the example of the changing role of the executive nurse director to highlight the importance of this need. It concludes by warning that failure to consider both the legal duties placed on employers when implementing contractual variations and the legal implications of adopting an unlawful method of variation, might lead to large legal bills and a demand on managerial time dealing with any legal claim against the employer. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Health Manpower Management Emerald Publishing

The changing context of employment in the NHS: some legal implications of changes to employment contracts

Health Manpower Management , Volume 24 (1): 7 – Feb 1, 1998

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 1998 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0955-2065
DOI
10.1108/09552069810196603
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Abstract

The NHS has undergone and continues to undergo rapid change. As a result of this the duties and responsibilities of employees will also change. Managers within the NHS have a responsibility to ensure that appropriate contracts of employment are held by employees and that, where required, variations in these contracts are documented. This paper uses the example of the changing role of the executive nurse director to highlight the importance of this need. It concludes by warning that failure to consider both the legal duties placed on employers when implementing contractual variations and the legal implications of adopting an unlawful method of variation, might lead to large legal bills and a demand on managerial time dealing with any legal claim against the employer.

Journal

Health Manpower ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 1, 1998

Keywords: Employment contracts; Employment law; Human resource management; Job titles; National Health Service; Risk management

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