Skip to main content

Departmental Manpower

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 10 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many performance reviews were undertaken in respect of staff of (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last five years; in how many cases performance was rated as unsatisfactory or below; how many staff left as a direct result of such a rating; and what percentage of full-time equivalent staff this represented. (313838)

The Department operates a performance management system which rates staff on performance and behaviour scales and allocates each member of staff to one of three performance related pay (PRP) markings: ‘Excellent’, ‘Good’ and ‘Unsatisfactory’. All staff marked as unsatisfactory are subject to poor performance procedures. It is not possible to determine how many staff left employment by the Department as a direct result of an unsatisfactory rating as this information is not held centrally. The following table sets out the requested information.

Total staff year average

Unsatisfactory PRP marks

Percentage of staff marked unsatisfactory

2006-07

2,250

32

1.42

2007-08

2,178

8

0.37

2008-09

2,222

9

0.41

Details of the previous two years are not held centrally and to retrieve that information would incur disproportionate costs.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) operates the same PRP rating system as the core Department.

In the MHRA no staff have been dismissed on grounds of unsatisfactory performance. Some staff have resigned during the performance management process but it the cause of such resignations are not recorded. The information for the MHRA is as follows.

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Number

636

n/a

789

871

866

Unsatisfactory

16

n/a

17

6

8

Percentage unsatisfactory

2.52

n/a

2.15

0.69

0.92

n/a = This information is not available.

The records for the NHS Procurement and Supply Agency (PASA) are only available for 2007-08, when fewer than five members of staff received an unsatisfactory rating and left as a result of the rating. There were 257 (full-time equivalent) members of staff during 2007-08 and the staff leaving represents less than 2 per cent. of total.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of staff of (a) his Department and (b) its agencies managed out in the last five years who remain working in the public sector. (313854)

The Department and its agencies do not hold records on the employment of former staff after they leave the Department.