Last Updated: 7th August 2019

Is it possible to move between employers?

There have been examples recently of trainees requesting transfer of their training contract from their original employer to another, both within and outside the HEE Office that had originally commissioned the position. The situation is significantly more complex than that for STP, for which the School has formal procedures in place, as HSST posts are agreed as a local or wider (consortium, regional) workforce need within a current employers workforce plan. A distinction also needs to be drawn between those who have already embarked on the HSST programme and those yet to start but who have received an offer of appointment.

The School can help facilitate and advise on transfer arrangements but the agreement remains the responsibility of the trainee to negotiate between the employers, who provide salary and the commissioners, who provide the educational allowance. However it is clear that personal circumstances can change during a five-year training programme and that at times individuals may need to move from one location to another during the course of the programme. Note that in all cases of transfers the new training centre must meet the NSHCS standards and conditions of approval for HSST training. Also that no further places would be supported for the original organisation until any amounts due under the agreement had been paid in full.

Transfer within the local HEE office area

  • For a trainee yet to take up their HSST post and where the proposed trainee transfer is within the local HEE office domain it would be for the local HEE office to agree the transfer of the training allowance between employers within its area. Salary costs would be the responsibility of the actual employer. This would be a matter for agreement between both employers and the local HEE office and subject to consideration of local manpower planning and the impact of the local health economy. Where agreement can be reached then the designated location of the HSST training post would move to the new employer subject to a formal commitment by the new employer to undertake the training responsibilities and meet all associated local costs. Where agreement cannot be reached and a trainee chooses to continue with the transfer they would be deemed as declining the offered HSST post and the post to which they transfer would not be eligible for designation as a HSST training post at the time of the transfer.
  • Where a trainee has already commenced HSST training and been in post for a minimum of 12 months such a transfer is possible but requires agreement between both current and proposed employers and the HEE Local Office. Authorisation of the transfer requires that a formal commitment be given by the new employer to undertake the training responsibilities and all associated costs, which may additionally include the training allowance. Where an employer is unable to meet these requirements and the trainee chooses to continue with the transfer they would therefore be deemed as exiting the HSST scheme.

Transfer outside the local HEE office domain

  • Where a trainee has yet to take up their HSST post following an offer of appointment and applies for transfer of that training number outside the local HEE office domain then this will be denied. Funding of the HSST post is with the identified employer only and the training allowance is similarly allocated and restricted to the local HEE office domain. A trainee who chooses to continue with the transfer would therefore be deemed as declining the offered HSST post and the post to which they transfer would not be eligible for designation as a HSST training post at the time of the transfer. It would then be for the local commissioner and employer to consider whether the post, if In-Service, could mutate into a Direct Entry post.
  • Where a trainee has already commenced HSST training and been in post for a minimum of 12 months such a transfer may be possible but requires agreement between both current and proposed employers and also of both HEE local offices. Authorisation of the transfer requires a formal commitment be given by the new employer to undertake the training responsibilities and all associated costs including the training allowance. Where an employer is unable to meet these requirements and the trainee chooses to continue with the transfer they would therefore be deemed as exiting the HSST scheme.