Provider bulletin: 19 September 2018

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

For action

Regulatory approach to subsidiary companies

Please pause any current plans to create new subsidiaries or change existing subsidiaries.

We’ll be consulting on a new regulatory approach to this in October and following the consultation we will be issuing new guidance.

See page 40 of the Department of Health and Social Care’s 2017-18 accounting officer system statement for more on this.

Please email if you have any questions in the meantime.

For information

Leadership for improvement — board development programme

This free of charge programme will help NHS provider boards develop the knowledge and skills you need to lead and embed quality improvement at an organisational level. It will be delivered between January 2019 and March 2020.

Help prevent Never Events

We’ve published two new patient safety resources to help you understand the challenges faced and actions being taken by organisations to improve the safety of invasive procedures with the potential for Never Events to occur.

The first identifies key contributory factors and actions taken from a sample of investigations into surgical Never Events that occurred in 2016/17.

The second is a summary of responses from providers to a questionnaire to assess the current level of implementation of the National Surgical Standards for Invasive Procedures (NatSSIPs).

Obtaining funds through section 106 and community infrastructure levy

You can secure revenue and capital to support services and sites when these are directly impacted by a local development such as housing growth. While section 106 and community infrastructure levy (CIL) funds have been available for some time, many trusts are not optimising their chances of accessing them by working closely with their local planning authority (LPA) and council members.

Our new guide explains what s106 and CIL are and what you need to do to engage with your LPA, as well giving contact points for advice.


UK Health Show 2018

25-26 September, ExCel London

There’s still time to book your ticket for the UK Health Show next week, and if you’re planning to come, visit us on stand G56.

We have several speakers at next week’s event, including:

  • Lord Carter, Non-Executive Director, talking about reducing variation and improving productivity
  • Adam Sewell-Jones, Executive Director of Improvement, talking about the NHS partnership with the Virginia Mason Institute
  • David Ashby, Associate Director Model Hospital, showing how trusts can use the Model Hospital to improve productivity
  • Mark Radford, Director of Nursing Improvement, on retention and creating a sustainable workforce
  • Elizabeth Sargeant, Lead for Social Care Integration — Emergency Care Improvement Programme, speaking on a panel on strategies to release capacity
View the full programme and book your place.

Webinar: Contingency planning within a private finance initiative (PFI) contract

Wednesday 3 October, 12-1pm

Join this webinar to hear our unique approach to contingency planning within a private finance initiative (PFI) contract, underlined by specific examples from the collapse of Carillion.

Register now.

Latest ‘Well-led for the future’ development events for board members

These sessions will focus on understanding the key priorities and development needs of NHS board members, with a particular focus on the well-led framework. Book your place now:

  • London: Wednesday 3 October, 9:30am-4:30pm
  • York: Thursday 4 October, 9:30am-4:00pm
  • Manchester: Wednesday 10 October, 9:30am-4:00pm
  • Birmingham: Thursday 8 November, 9:45am-4:00pm
  • Leeds: Friday 9 November, 9:45am-4:00pm
  • London: Thursday 22 November, 9:45am-4:00pm

London chairs networking event

Monday 12 November, 10am-3pm, Wellington House, London

This event is an opportunity for chairs across London to:

  • hear directly from our Executive Regional Managing Director (London), Steve Russell
  • network with peers across the region
  • gain the latest insight into the strategic challenges and opportunities facing the system in the months ahead
  • share your views and experiences to shape our thinking and ongoing support to the system
To register or find out more, please email

Updates from our partners

NHS England / Helpforce

NHS volunteer services: submit your expression of interest

The Chair of NHS England, Sir Malcolm Grant, has called for health organisations to renew their commitment to volunteering and announced additional funding for the NHS volunteering organisation HelpForce, to increase the number of effective volunteer roles in the NHS.

If your trust has an existing volunteer service, or if you have an idea for a new volunteer service, please submit an expression of interest. 10 selected trusts will each receive a £75,000 grant for up to 18 months to develop these ideas with support from HelpForce.

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