More than 10 per cent of staff facing redundancy at Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity

Twenty-nine staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity have been warned they could face redundancy as part of a restructure.

The charity said its new structure would result in a small net gain in the number of people it employed, which stands at 237.

It said the restructure was part of an “ambitious organisational strategy” that aimed to deliver significant growth in income.

Third Sector has been told that the charity has started a consultation with the 29 at-risk employees with the aim of completing the restructure by the end of September.

In January, the charity warned in its most recent set of accounts that it faced a £13m fundraising deficit after projecting a 25 per cent drop in income this year.

The charity’s income was £91.5m in the year to the end of March 2020, against spending of £78.7m, according to its entry on the Charity Commission’s online register.

The charity said at the time that it had taken steps to mitigate against the projected fall in income, including furloughing 39 staff, suspending its annual staff pay review and putting all recruitment on hold.

In a statement today, a spokesperson for the charity said it needed to “build a sustainable and resilient organisation that can respond to future challenges in a planned and robust way”.

The statement said: “We have a new, ambitious organisational strategy underpinned by a bold fundraising strategy which aims to deliver significant growth in income.”

It said the charity had conducted a thorough review of the resources it needs to deliver on the strategy, including looking at its organisational structure.

“The proposal is not aimed at a cost reduction or reducing the size of the organisation; in fact there is a small net gain in the number of roles in the proposed new structure,” the statement said.

It said the charity aimed to redeploy staff at risk of redundancy and anticipated that the final number of redundancies would be fewer than 29.

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