Provider bulletin: 12 September 2018

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

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Performance of the NHS provider sector for quarter 1 2018/19

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.

Learning from last winter to plan for 2018/19

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.

Apply for funding to develop local non-executive community networks

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.

Apply for a share of £20,000 funding to develop a network in your area. Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 10 October.

If you have any questions about the process, join our upcoming webinar.

How clinicians are using patient-level costing information to improve patient care

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.

National workforce recruitment campaign: marketing toolkit for trusts

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.

Download the toolkit (you must register and log in with an NHS email address).


Local non-executive community networks webinar

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.

Demand and capacity fundamentals

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.

Updates from our partners

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.

If you have any changes to the existing examples in the report, new examples to add, or views on the challenges to lay involvement, please take part in their survey by 12 October.

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.

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