Provider bulletin: 20 June 2018

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

For action

Self-certify this month

Chief executives, finance directors and trust board secretaries: a reminder that the deadline for self-certifying compliance with required governance arrangements under condition FT4 of the NHS provider licence is midnight 30 June.

For information

Guide to reducing long hospital stays

Tackling long stays in hospital will reduce risk of patient harm, unwarranted cost, and improve our ability to deliver high-quality services.

Last week Pauline Philip, National Director of Urgent and Emergency Care, wrote to chief executives to announce a new national ambition to reduce the number of beds occupied by long-stay patients by 25% by December 2018.

Improving exception reporting for junior doctors

We’ve committed to working with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, British Medical Association, Care Quality Commission, General Medical Council, Health Education England and NHS Employers to help standardise exception reporting — the system by which junior doctors record deviation from planned working hours, working patterns or training opportunities. This will help improve workplace wellbeing, morale and patient safety.

Revised agency reporting requirements

Following recent changes, the expanded data collection will start from Wednesday 25 July, reporting the data from week commencing Monday 16 July.

We will send your weekly submitters detailed reporting requirements and new templates in the next few weeks.

If you have any queries, please email

Leadership of allied health professions (AHPs) in trusts

AHPs have significant transformative potential within and across healthcare systems. Our new report, which includes a self-assessment tool, will help you identify areas for improvement and opportunities for strengthening AHP senior leadership in your trust.


Improvement 2018: leading for improvement

Friday 6 July, London

Join us to learn how to create the right environment for continuous improvement — with better outcomes for patients, better operational performance, and higher staff satisfaction.

Provider executives and clinicians will share practical lessons on leading for improvement, with tangible outcomes, and you’ll attend breakout sessions on key topics such as flow, efficiency and safety. Community and mental health providers will share their improvement journeys, including challenges and opportunities of integrated working.

Confirmed plenary speakers include:

  • Dido Harding, Chair, NHS Improvement
  • Professor Mary Dixon-Woods, Director, THIS Institute
  • Dr Navina Evans, Chief Executive, East London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Elaine Mead, Chief Executive, NHS Highland
  • Dr Bob Klaber, Medical Director, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Steve Chalke, Founder, Oasis Charitable Trust

Well-led for the future: development for NHS board members in South West England

Tuesday 3 July, 10am – 4pm, Exeter

This session will look at key priorities and development needs of NHS board members, and to develop dialogue and engagement around the following themes:

  • latest thinking using live issues from local systems
  • access support in using the well-led framework to deliver continuous improvement
  • understand how to move beyond compliance to effectiveness
  • get up-to-date with the potential of digital innovation
  • connect with colleagues to discuss and address the challenges of a changing landscape

Updates from our partners

General Medical Council

Inform Dame Clare Marx’s review of gross negligence manslaughter

Dame Clare Marx and the working group want to hear from people from across the UK  (both healthcare professionals and members of the public) who may have experience of, or insight into, these issues surrounding gross negligence manslaughter.

Health Education England

Retraining as a GP

Ahead of the application window (Tuesday 31 July – Friday 17 August) for those wanting to retrain as a GP, you can find case studies, FAQs and career information on the GP National Recruitment Office website. Please forward this information to your medical education colleagues.

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