Provider bulletin: 11 April 2018

This weekly newsletter is sent to NHS providers’ chairs, chief executives, finance, medical, nursing and HR directors, and board secretaries.


For action

Confirm you are meeting the new cyber security requirements by 11 May

Following our 28 February bulletin, it is now time for data and cyber security leads to confirm implementation of the new data security requirements. Please submit your response by 5pm Friday 11 May. As part of the assurance process, your board must sign off your response before it is submitted.

We will use your submissions to establish the cyber readiness of the sector and to target improvement support and resources.

For information

Breakeven duty: guidance for NHS trusts

NHS trust finance directors, please refer to our new guidance on the application of the breakeven duty for NHS trusts when preparing your end of year accounts.

The document replaces guidance previously issued by the Department of Health and Social Care but there are no changes of substance to the operation of the breakeven duty. This does not apply to NHS foundation trusts.

Aspiring chief operating officer programme

We’re offering the opportunity for up to 25 senior professionals from inside and outside the NHS to develop skills needed to take on the role of chief operating officer within the next 12 to 18 months.

Please encourage suitable colleagues to apply by Friday 11 May.

Model Hospital: pathology data update

Following your data submissions, we’ve now updated Q1 and Q2 2017/18 pathology data for acute and specialist acute providers on the Model Hospital. We’ve also uploaded the validated 2016/17 pathology data. If you did not validate or submit your data, you will be able to do so during the next quarterly collection.

Patient story on need to flush lines and cannulae after procedures

In our new video a patient shares her traumatic experience after residual anaesthetic drugs were not flushed from her lines and cannulae following surgery.

Please share this video with staff involved in surgical interventions, other procedures involving anaesthesia or intravenous sedation, and anyone else implementing the Patient Safety Alert we issued on this topic in November.

If you have trouble accessing the video, please email


Midlands and East NED networking event

Thursday 7 June 2018, 12pm – 4pm, Birmingham

This event is an opportunity for trust non-executive directors across the Midlands and East to:

  • network with peers across the region
  • gain the latest insight into the strategic challenges and opportunities facing the system in the months ahead
  • hear directly from our Chair, Dido Harding and our Executive Regional Managing Director (Midlands and East), Dale Bywater – as well as experts in patient experience and medical leadership
  • share your views and experiences in order to shape our thinking and ongoing support to the system
To register or find out more please email

Demand and capacity training: new dates added for North and South West

The one day training events are an introduction to the principles of demand and capacity modelling, and will help you produce robust activity plans at a local, organisational level.

Updates from our partners

Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England

Launch of personal health budget and integrated personal budget consultation

The Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England have launched a consultation on extending the legal rights to have a personal health budget or integrated personal budget.

NHS England

Updated Change Model published

NHS England has published an updated and enhanced version of the Change Model, a framework and supporting diagnostic tools for any project or programme that is seeking to achieve transformational, sustainable change.

Planning, assuring and delivering service change for patients

NHS England has re-issued the guidance document, ‘Planning, assuring and delivering service change for patients’.

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