Service Transfers

Transferring to WDP

If your service is about to transfer to WDP, you may well have some anxieties about the impact of this change. Whether you are an employee, a volunteer or a service user, we hope that the information on this page – and the different forms of communication referred to – will be as helpful as possible during this uncertain time.

Above all, we look forward to welcoming you to WDP.


What you can expect from us if you are a service user

Our service users and their needs are our most powerful reason for existing. At WDP, we believe that service user involvement exists in order to ensure that the needs and views of service users are firmly embedded in all that we do.

  • We will consult with you about the shape of the proposed service model through questionnaires and focus groups
  • We will seek your input into the design of care pathways, literature and materials for the new service
  • We will involve you and your ideas into our annual peer led audit process to ensure the quality of the service being delivered
  • We will make every effort to help you adjust to the change process
  • We will do everything we can to ensure that our new service helps you to achieve your recovery goals


What you can expect from us if you are an employee

Our workforce is our most powerful investment in the achieving of our strategic aims and objectives.

  • We will work closely with your employer to make sure that the service transfer process is as simple and as straightforward as possible
  • We will consult with you about the new service and any potential changes
  • We will identify a single point of contact for any additional questions you may have
  • We will laise with you about your learning needs in the new model and ensure you are up to date on mandatory trainings as early as possible – wherever possible we will seek to give you early access to our e-learning programmes to help facilitate this
  • We will provide you with a full induction programme, including an introduction to the new service and WDP as your new employer
  • We will make every effort to help you adjust to the change process


TUPE Transfers

TUPE means "Transfer of Undertakings – Protection of Employment". When your service becomes part of WDP, your employment rights are protected under TUPE regulations. From the date of transfer you will become a WDP employee and your continuity of your previous employment will be maintained as will the majority of the terms and conditions of employment.

The following areas are covered by TUPE regulations as long as they were agreed contractually with your current employer:

  • Salary
  • Holiday entitlement
  • Maternity/Paternity pay
  • Other related benefits

Pension provision is sometimes but not automatically protected under the current TUPE legislation. However, as an incoming provider, we are obliged to provide you with a suitable alternative pension scheme.

The majority of employees transferring from private and voluntary sectors would be offered a suitable alternative pension scheme. Some employees (usually those coming from the public sector) may have additional protection under government arrangements (as described in the Staff Transfers in the Public Sector documentation).


Our values

At WDP we believe that everything we do should promote recovery:

  • We enable everyone to be heard
  • We respect differences
  • We encourage and support choice
  • We see the whole person
  • We are stronger in partnership
  • We believe everyone can make a difference


Your questions

We want to make sure that your transfer to WDP is clear and simple. If you do have any questions or concerns that are not covered in the above information, or included in any forums or focus groups you are invited to, please don’t hesitate to visit our Transfers website, using your local log-in details, for more information and details of how to get in touch: