Provider bulletin: 8 August 2018

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

For action

Purchase price index and benchmark tool (PPIB) year 3 licence

PPIB is a unique and powerful tool for the NHS which ensures we capitalise on our purchasing power. It identifies cost savings which can be reinvested into patient care.

Since its initial release, the tool has come to inform local procurement teams’ daily purchasing decisions and contract negotiations — and provides great insights.

The deadline for raising a purchase order was in July — if you didn’t raise one for the year 3 licence, please do so immediately or you risk losing access to the tool.

Any questions on how to do this, please contact

For information

First patient-level information and costing system (PLICS) public view prototype launched

We have developed the first PLICS public view tool with NHS Digital. Now anyone can review high-level information about activity and costing of acute NHS services, based on the 2016/17 acute PLICS collection and linked Hospital Episode Statistics data.

We welcome your feedback on this tool, its content, functionality and layout to further improve this prototype in future releases. Our 2017/18 PLICS collection is underway, which will include acute, mental health, ambulance and community services.


Webinar: scoping the work for the development of lay member and non-executive directors (NEDs) local networks

20 August 2018, 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Following several events last year there was an expression of interest from lay members and NEDs to develop local networks which would enable a stronger voice in the work of the sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) and integrated care systems. We would like to work with you on this to think it through further and then to pilot it to support STP areas to develop lay member/NED networks.

Thinking differently to improve flow: understanding risk and what matters to the patient

18 September, Manchester, and 20 September, London

Join us to hear from national experts on understanding risk, and from trust leaders sharing their improvement stories. You’ll also hear the latest updates on the frailty pathway, Red2Green and SAFER.

Updates from our partners

National Dementia Action Alliance

Dementia Friendly Hospital Charter re-launch

The National Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) has revised its Dementia Friendly Hospital Charter, which now includes a section on volunteering within hospitals. To launch this revised charter, the DAA is holding an event at University College London Hospitals (Euston) on Monday 3 September. This half-day event will see a range of speakers presenting on various aspects of work around dementia within hospitals.

This event is aimed at the following healthcare professionals:

  • dementia leads
  • chief nurses
  • trust chief executives
  • trust dementia team members

For questions, please contact

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