Provider bulletin: 22 August 2018

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

For action

Managing conflicts of interest — a contractual obligation

It’s a contractual obligation for all trusts to comply with last year’s guidance to help organisations manage conflicts of interest — you should publish the interests of decision-making staff at least once a year.

NHS England recently conducted a survey of published registers, which found only 5% of acute trusts and 20% of community and mental health trusts publish the required registers.

Boards, chief executives and company secretaries — please take the actions outlined in the guidance.


Health and Care Innovation Expo 2018 — keynotes and workshops

Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 September, Manchester

This year’s main stages will include keynotes and contributions from our Chief Executive Ian Dalton, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens, and senior leaders of the Care Quality Commission, Public Health England and the Social Care Institute for Excellence.

There are several workshops to attend too — identifying and tackling sepsis; crisis communications from Salisbury; and the role of efficiency, clinical quality and productivity are just a few to choose from.

Register now for your free ticket using EXPO18.

Learning from improvement: an event for trusts in special measures for reasons of quality

Wednesday 26 September, 10am – 3.30pm, London

Hear from trusts that have made significant improvements and learn from other leaders at this year’s event for those in special measures for reasons of quality.

Our Executive Medical Director and Chief Operating Officer Dr Kathy McLean will chair the day and there will be a keynote presentation from Professor Ted Baker, Chief Inspector of Hospitals at the Care Quality Commission.

Midlands and East non-executive director (NED) networking event

Wednesday 21 November, 10am – 3pm, Birmingham

This event is an opportunity for NEDs across the Midlands and East to:

  • network with peers across the region
  • gain the latest insight into the strategic challenges and opportunities facing the system in the months ahead
  • hear directly from our Executive Regional Managing Director (Midlands and East) Dale Bywater
  • share your views and experiences
To register or find out more, please email

Making theory a reality: stories of improvement and transformational change

Wednesday 5 December, London

This conference is an opportunity to hear and learn from inspirational speakers on delivering large scale change and developing a culture of continuous improvement. Places are fully funded and open to everyone in the NHS and affiliated health and care services.

Updates from our partners

NHS England

Consultation on contracting arrangements for Integrated Care Providers (ICPs)

The 12-week consultation provides more detail about how the proposed ICP contract would underpin integration between services, how it differs from existing NHS contracts, how ICPs fit into the broader commissioning system, and which organisations could hold the ICP contract. The previous iteration of this draft contract was referred to as the draft Accountable Care Organisation (ACO) contract.

Share your views on integrated care with NHS England by 26 October.

Implementing local best value biologic medicines programmes

NHS England and the Commissioning Support Units have produced an interactive toolkit and supporting materialsopens in a new window,  including the Best Value Biologics implementation plan and template patient letters and FAQsopens in a new window.

These resources focus on adalimumab because the NHS is expecting four new biosimilar versions of Humira (adalimumab) to become available when its patent expires in mid-October.

Health Education England

Genomics is for everyone – how prepared are you?

The launch of the NHS Genomic Medicine Service this autumn will bring whole genome sequencing to mainstream care for the first time. Join our course starting Monday 10 September and running across three weeks to learn about this new technology and how it’s being applied in healthcare.

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