Provider bulletin: 25 July 2018

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

For information

Use of synthetic mesh/tape: recommendations and actions

Following the recent national ‘pause’ on the use of synthetic mesh/tape to treat stress urinary incontinence and urogynaecological prolapse where the mesh is inserted through the vaginal wall, a Mesh Pause Clinical Advisory Group (CAG) was established.

On Friday we wrote to medical directors and surgical teams with further recommendations and CAG guidance on implementation of the pause.

Philip Morris International (PMI) letter

PMI has sent letters to NHS trusts with an offer of support to help NHS staff stop smoking.

We consider that NHS organisations working with PMI, a company which is part of the tobacco industry, would be a breach of the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control to which the UK is a signatory. Please do not accept PMI’s offer.


Allied Healthcare Professionals (AHPs): rostering and care hour per patient day data (CHPPD) WebEx

Join this WebEx to learn more about and to review CHPPD, review the June 2018 data collection, as well as ask questions and provide feedback on guidance. It will be particularly useful for trusts who have AHPs working within their teams and those who completed the June 2018 data collection such as analysts; workforce leads; nurses; managers and directors/heads of departments.

Please register for one of the following dates:

  • Wednesday 8 August 2018, 2pm – 3pm
  • Tuesday 21 August 2018, 2pm – 3pm

Doctor productivity: medical job planning

Tuesday 7 August 2018, 1pm – 2pm

As part of our ongoing work to implement the recommendations of The Carter Reports and to continue to improve our understanding of medical productivity, we have worked with trusts across all sectors (acute, acute specialist, mental health and community) to improve the original consultant workforce template following the December 2017 data collection.

This first webinar has been developed to help prepare you for the next national data collection across all sectors in September 2018.

Register now.

Updates from our partners

NHS Blood and Transplant

Urgent need for blood donors

Due to the recent hot weather, stocks of O negative blood have dropped to just three days’ supply.

People with O negative blood are urgently needed to donate. Other priority groups such as B negative and RO blood types are also needed.

Please share this message with all colleagues encouraging them to donate. Promotional images and messaging for internal communications can be downloaded from the NHS Blood and Transplant website.

Appointments can be booked by phone on 0300 123 23 23 or at

Department of Health and Social Care

Online collaboration tools: guidance to avoid data breaches

The use of collaboration tools (such as Trello) can be of great benefit, but it is critical these tools are used and configured correctly to protect the data held within. Please do not use third party tools to share personal confidential data.

NHS Digital has created a Good Practice Guide on the safe use of collaboration tools. Please ensure this is read and understood in your organisation and immediately take the necessary steps to ensure tools such as Trello are used securely.

NHS England

For directors of nursing: Leading Change, Adding Value (LCAV) e-Learning tool

An e-learning tool was launched in March 2018 to support the ongoing implementation of LCAV — the national quality framework for nursing, midwifery and care staff led by NHS England.

The tool includes a series of interactive pages to describe the framework with content to enhance understanding and to help identify and address unwarranted variation. Users can work through the 10 commitments — a description is provided of each commitment, as well as case study examples to bring LCAV to life.

Please share with your colleagues.

NHS Standard Contract updated to be in-line with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

To ensure the NHS Standard contract contains appropriate provisions for the recently introduced GDPR, the following documents have been published:

  • NHS sub-contract (full length version)
  • NHS sub-contract (shorter-form version)
  • NHS sub-contract (shorter-form version) Schedule 6F Data processing agreement
  • NHS sub-contract guidance

Queries on the NHS sub-contract may be sent to

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