Departmental staff are working directly and indirectly to deliver the new health and social care system. Staff numbers and costs associated with change in the national health service are not easily divisible from other departmental activities, including work on improvement. There is a central Bill team, and over-arching Integrated Programme Office.
The central Bill team work full time on the passage of the Health and Social Care Bill through Parliament. This team comprises five permanent departmental officials at a cost of approximately £160,000 from January to August 2011 (the latest period for which figures are available). Two permanent officials have also been working on Lords and stakeholder handling since May, at an approximate cost of £32,000. In addition, the Integrated Programme Office is co-ordinating transition to the new system in the Department and currently has 29 staff with an estimated cost of £862,000 from April 2011 to August 2011.