Provider bulletin: 9 May 2018

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

For information

Three trusts’ innovative approaches to retention

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust redesigned the way they recruit nurses, have a protected training budget to up-skill their new staff, and focus on raising awareness of employee benefits. These innovative approaches to retention have led to a reduction in nursing turnover over the past 12 months.

Find out more about their retention improvements, and about the approaches of Greater Manchester and Mid Yorkshire, in our new resources, and share your #NHSRetention initiatives on Twitter.

New tool to help boards with effective workforce planning

You can use our new operational workforce planning self-assessment tool to carry out an organisational assessment against six key indicators: leadership, technology, information, method and governance, engagement and integration, and strategy.

A reminder of your consultancy spending requirements

Following some recent breaches, a reminder of your requirement to obtain appropriate approvals (both internally and externally) before commissioning any proposed consultancy support above the £50,000 threshold.

For more information, please see the consultancy spending approval criteria and review your financial governance arrangements if necessary.

Updates from our partners

NHS England

Using the updated Standard Contract

Updated Standard Contract and guidance documents have been published by NHS England, alongside updates to the eContract system.

Please ensure the appropriate National Variation is implemented for all of your contracts by 25 May. For any new contracts, you must use these updated versions with immediate effect.

Health Education England

Retaining staff and cost savings for your emergency department

Health Education England has launched the Specialty Associate Specialist doctor’s development and retention toolkit.

The toolkit was developed and implemented by Derby NHS Foundation Trust, who then saw improvements in recruitment and retention, a positive impact on the 4-hour performance target and financial savings including a lower agency spend.

Department of Health and Social Care

Town planning and business case workshops

Directors of finance, estates and facilities and strategic development — these free workshops provide guidance on the planning system, property disposals and the green book process.

  • Tuesday 12 June, 10.45am – 4pm, Bristol
  • Monday 18 June, 10.45am – 4pm, Leeds
  • Tuesday 26 June, 10.45am – 4pm, Birmingham
  • Wednesday 4 July, 10.45am – 4pm, London
  • Newcastle workshop TBC – please express interest using the email below
Please email by 18 May to register.

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