Redeployment and reorganisation

Here you'll find a range of information and advice to help you understand your rights if you are being redeployed.

Redeployment can come in many forms such as:

  • Short to medium term redeployment due to a pandemic (COVID-19)
  • Short term redeployment due to staffing levels or skill mix
  • Long term or permanent redeployment due to reorganisation or redundancy,

Our advice guides cover our most frequently asked questions and will help you navigate what can be, a stressful and difficult time.

Redeployment and COVID-19

Guidance on being redeployed due to COVID-19.

If you have concerns, use our model letter to raise them.

Being moved for a short period

This guide provides information on what to do if you are asked to move for a short period of time from your normal working environment.

Our guide will help you think about whether this is a reasonable request,  your competency and what to do when you are asked to move.  It  also includes a helpful checklist on what to consider when moving to different areas. 

Formal reorganisation, redundancy and redeployment

If you are facing reorganisation, permanent redeployment or redundancy, it is important that you see our guide and contact us for support. 

Our one to one meeting checklist can help if you have been invited to a meeting about service reconfiguration, redundancies, or transfer. 

If you need emotional support

Being redeployed or facing formal reorganisation can be very daunting.

If you need emotional support and the time and space to talk through your concerns, contact our counselling service.

Our service provides brief therapy over the phone with experienced, highly qualified and accredited counsellors from diverse backgrounds.

RCN Counselling

Get help with the emotional impact of problems at work through our dedicated counselling service for members.

Nursing Workforce Standards

Staff should not be redeployed to simply cover up the lack of safe staffing.

Safe staffing means having enough nursing staff with the right skills and knowledge, in the right place, at the right time. We're calling for safe and effective care to be enshrined in law in each UK country. Find out about what you can do in your country and join our campaign

To support our campaign, our Nursing Workforce Standards are the first national blueprint for tackling the nursing staff shortage levels across the UK.

They set the standard for excellent patient care and nursing support in all settings, and all UK countries.