In a letter to NHS managers in England, Sir David Nicholson, chief executive of the NHS in England, said PCTs and SHAs will retain their statutory functions and governance arrangements until they are abolished next April.
But the NHS Commissioning Board, the NHS Trust Development Authority, Health Education England, Local Education and Training Boards and Public Health England, will be able to ‘lead work relating to their future functions’ from 1 October.
The letters said: ‘There will be no formal transfer of statutory functions, accountability, budgets or employment of staff ahead of the timetable for new organisations to become operational.
‘Until April 2013, SHAs and PCTs retain their statutory functions and governance arrangements. New bodies will only be accountable for responsibilities consistent with their preparatory powers and planning for 2013/14.
‘The arrangements I have outlined above will not impact on clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) or local authorities as they prepare for their key roles in the new health and care system.’
Sir David said discussions would continue in the coming weeks with SHA and PCT leaders on how the transition arrangements will work at local level as ‘there is no "one size fits all'.
‘We will need to ensure that local arrangements are robust and in line with current structures,' he said.