Provider bulletin: 25 April 2018

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

For action

Changes to NHS Safety Thermometer — deadline extended

Some of you needed more time to prepare, so we have extended the deadline for phasing out the email submission process for the NHS Safety Thermometer. If you are still submitting your data by email, you have until Friday 22 June to start using the new online upload function.

Directors of nursing, please cascade this to your Safety Thermometer co-ordinators so your trust is ready for the new process.

Self-certification deadlines

Board secretaries, chief executives and finance directors, the deadlines for you to self-certify and get sign-off from your board under the NHS provider licence are:

  • Thursday 31 May for systems for the compliance with licence conditions certificate (licence condition G6) — please note you will need to publish this certificate
  • Thursday 31 May for the required resources certificate (licence condition CoS7), if you are a foundation trust designated to provide commissioner requested services
  • Saturday 30 June for the corporate governance statement (licence condition FT4) and for foundation trust’s certification on the training of governors
Please send any queries to your regional lead.

For information

Guide: Allied Health Professions (AHPs) supporting patient flow

AHPs play a key role in improving patient flow and helping reduce hospital admissions. Find out how bringing the AHP workforce into patient flow planning can improve quality, effectiveness and productivity.

The guide contains practical advice and case studies on this critical issue to share with your AHP workforce.

Ambulatory emergency care (AEC) publications index

At least a third of medical admissions could be converted to ambulatory care (where clinically appropriate), but in the absence of an AEC service, admission is often the default option.

To support you to develop new or existing AEC services and to deliver AEC for at least 12 hours per day, 7 days per week, we have produced a new index.

Please share this index with your operational and clinical teams.

Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT): Improving Cardiothoracic Surgery

Making changes to the way cardiothoracic surgical services are organised and delivered can bring about substantial benefits for patients suffering from conditions such as blocked arteries, lung cancer, and heart valve disease.

This new report from the GIRFT programme sets out 20 recommendations to help you improve the way cardiothoracic surgical services are organised and delivered.

Opportunity to build quality and service improvement capability

Applications are now open for the latest cohort of our ACT Academy’s QSIR College (quality, service improvement and redesign) programme.

It is an opportunity for chief executives, and executives responsible for improvement, to build service improvement capability within their organisation or across their system.

Develop knowledge and skills in demand and capacity modelling

Applications for the demand and capacity trainer programme in the South West are now open. This free, accredited, six-month programme is designed to develop organisations’ capability and skills to reduce waiting times for patients.

The programme, which is being offered across the country over the next year, will equip you to train others and spread knowledge more widely at a local level.


Webinar: Model Hospital — latest updates and developments

Monday 30 April, 12.30pm – 1.30pm

This webinar will focus on the latest updates and developments to the Model Hospital and is open to everyone in providers.

Webexes: Demand and capacity next generation elective care models

Wednesday 2 May, 2pm – 3pm and Wednesday 9 May, 2pm – 3pm

These demand and capacity webexes will show you how our new models can help improve your demand and capacity planning. We have three new models which can be adapted across a full range of services including community and mental health.

Updates from our partners

NHS England

Facilitating Large Scale Change webinar series

NHS England’s Sustainable Improvement team is holding a series of CPD-certified webinars on Facilitating Large Scale Change. This free programme is aimed at all those working in health and care organisations facing large scale change challenges.

The series consists of an induction webinar, on Thursday 24 May 2018 at 12.30pm, followed by six topic-themed sessions in June and July 2018.

Survey of adult crisis and acute mental healthcare

Later this month, providers of mental health services will be asked to participate in a two-part national survey of adult crisis and acute mental health care provision. Part one will be in late April and part two in late May, and will be conducted by the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ College Centre for Quality Improvement (CCQI) on behalf of NHS England.

Mental health trusts, you will be contacted soon by the Mental Health Care Pathways team at CCQI.

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