Provider bulletin: 15 August 2018

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

For action

Alert issued on need for safe and timely management of hyperkalaemia (high level of potassium in the blood)

Patient Safety Alert has been issued with resources to support the safe and timely management of hyperkalaemia. Hyperkalaemia — a higher than normal level of potassium in the blood — is potentially a life-threatening emergency. Timely identification, treatment and monitoring — during and beyond initial treatment — is essential.

The resources will help you ensure clinical staff have easily accessible information to guide prompt investigation, treatment and monitoring options for hyperkalaemia.

For information

Developing the long-term plan for the NHS

The NHS has been asked to set out a long-term plan for the future by the autumn, setting out our ambitions for improvement over the next decade, and our plans to meet them over the five years of the funding settlement.

We want to make sure the provider sector that has to deliver the plan is strongly built into this. Working groups are now being established — bringing together local and national system leaders, partners and stakeholders to shape the final plan. You can find the workstreams on our website, and we will keep you updated as this process develops.


Webinar series: NICE into action — an AHP’s guide to NICE

Monday 10 September, 12:30pm – 1:15pm

We are working with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and NHS England to host a series of four ‘NICE into action’ webinars for AHPs, starting this September.

In the first webinar in the series, you will find out more about NICE’s role in improving health and social care and how it develops guidelines.

Workforce retention masterclasses

Tuesday 2 October (London), Monday 8 October (Leeds)

Our retention masterclasses will cover a range of themes including staff engagement, supporting the older workforce, leadership and culture, and workforce investment. You can also hear keynotes from NHS leaders and industry professionals and find out how other trusts have improved staff turnover rates through innovative retention approaches.

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