Yesterday we published our quarterly analysis of performance data. The start of the financial year saw frontline staff cope with record A&E attendances, high bed occupancy levels and improved discharge rates.
The sector ended the quarter £814 million in deficit, which is £22 million better than planned at the beginning of the year but £78 million worse than the same quarter last year.
This is the first year the ‘underlying deficit’ of the provider sector is included in the report, reported as £4.3 billion. It’s also the first time the report contains mental health data and shows that mental health trusts have exceeded the standard for early intervention in psychosis.
As outlined in Friday’s letter to system leadersopens in a new window, we’ve reviewed NHS performance during the 2017/18 winter period to help better understand the issues and pressure the service dealt with on a daily basis, and to identify measures the NHS should take to manage increased demand this winter period.
We’ve partnered with NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCCs) and NHS England to support the development of local networks of lay members and trust non-executive directors.
Clinicians have a very important role to play in patient-level costing (PLICS). We’ve been working with clinicians and costing teams across the country to understand how clinical and costing teams can work together more effectively.
In our new series of videos, clinicians share their experience of costing – how they got involved, why it remains important to improve the quality of the data, and how they have used costing information to make decisions about patient care.
As part of the national recruitment campaign ‘We Are The NHS’, NHS England has produced a campaign toolkit for trusts to use in their local recruitment marketing activities. This toolkit includes still images, logos and poster templates, along with social media templates.
Monday 1 October, 1pm – 2pm
This is your chance to ask any questions about the bid process for funding to support the development of local non-executive community networks (lay members and trust non-executive directors) with colleagues from NHS England, NHS Improvement and NHSCC.
18 October 2018, Leeds; 23 October 2018, London; 30 October 2018, London | 10.30am – 4pm
We are piloting new training for NHS provider organisations who wish to improve the quality of local demand and capacity planning. The training will give you the core tools to support effective demand and capacity planning without going into the detail of modelling — enabling you to undertake work which is essential before you begin to apply demand and capacity models for your services.
Department for Health and Social Care
Talk Health and Care digital platform: share your views
Secretary of State Matt Hancock has this week launched a new DHSC digital platform called Talk Health and Careopens in a new window, which can be used by staff to quickly and easily to post ideas, questions and challenges for government.
The Secretary of State has named workforce as one of his early priorities and wants to make sure that the expertise and views of those who work in the NHS and adult social care are heard. We welcome this move, as listening to our staff and showing that we value them, is a vital enabler as we consider the long-term NHS workforce plans.
Launch of the Mental Health at Work gateway
Mental Health at Work, developed by mental health charity Mind with the backing of The Royal Foundation, was launched yesterday. This new online gateway brings together resources, training and information to help any organisation, including NHS trusts, support the mental health needs of their workforce.
Mental health is one of the pillars of the NHS Health and Wellbeing Framework, launched in May by NHS England, NHS Improvement and NHS Employers.
The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
Patient and public involvement in revalidation
The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges is undertaking a UK-wide survey to update their December 2017 report on patient and public involvement in revalidation — recognising the important contribution it can make to revalidation processes and to encourage organisations to increase the opportunities for lay involvement at national, regional and local level.
Public Health England
Teleconference on ‘Stopping smoking: what works?’
Tuesday 25 September, 10.45am – 11.30am
Despite efforts to reduce inequalities in smoking, there are still groups where smoking rates remain stubbornly high. This professional session with Q&A will outline the range of quitting routes available. It will look at the evidence on e-cigarettes and on the safety of nicotine.