Provider bulletin: 5 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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Contribute your ideas, experiences and insights to the long-term plan for the NHS

As you know, the NHS is working on a plan setting out our ambitions for improvement over the next decade, and our plans to meet them over the five years of the new funding settlement.

If you’re at Expo on Thursday, hear our Chief Executive Ian Dalton join the discussion on how we can create a plan that is both ambitious and achievable.

This month, we are looking to help stimulate ideas and understand views across three key themes – life stage, clinical priorities and enablers of improvement. Each covers several different areas which we believe have the greatest potential to deliver improvements to the way the NHS provides care.

Through a new discussion guide and online form, we provide an overview of some of the key challenges and a series of questions to answer.

Please submit your response by 30 September. Where possible, we would encourage organisations to collate responses from their members into a single submission.

Expo: find us on stand 55

If you’re in Manchester today or tomorrow, drop by stand 55 to speak with members of our team or catch our day two speakers presenting on topics including sustainability and reinvesting into the NHS, Model Hospital, sharing good practice in improvement, AHP leadership and staff retention.

Model Hospital trust ambassadors programme relaunch

This week we relaunched the Model Hospital trust ambassadors programme. You can benefit from previews and learning opportunities, help shape and influence the Model Hospital, and be a champion within your trust.

To sign up to the programme please email


Doctor productivity: medical job planning

Monday 17 September, 1pm-2pm, webinar

As part of our ongoing work to implement the recommendations of the Carter reports and to continue to improve our understanding of medical productivity, we have worked with trusts across all sectors (acute, acute specialist, mental health and community) to improve the original consultant workforce template following the December 2017 data collection.

This second webinar has been developed to help support you in completing national data collection across all sectors this month. It is your chance to raise any queries with our team regarding the completion of the data collection template.

Focus on frailty — scoping event

Thursday 20 September, 9.30am-4pm, Birmingham

This scoping event will help identify how we can best support trusts to increase staff frailty care skills, improve patient experience, and reduce length of stay and delayed transfers of care.

Well-led for the future: development for NHS board members

Thursday 20 September, 9.30am-4pm, Birmingham

This session, run by the Good Governance Institute, will look to understand the key priorities and development needs of NHS board members, with a focus on the well-led framework.

We have the following speakers confirmed:

  • Dr David Rosser, Deputy Chief Executive & Executive Medical Director, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS FT
  • Paul Maubach, Chief Executive, Dudley MCP
  • Nick Page, Chief Executive, Solihull Council
  • David Rogers, Chair, North Staffordshire Combined NHS Trust

Masterclass: valuing people’s time towards the end of life

Monday 24 September, 10am – 4pm, London; Wednesday 26 September, 10am – 4pm, Leeds

This event is aimed at palliative care and end of life care leads in trusts that have an inadequate or requires improvement CQC rating for end of life care, or for those who need some additional support with end of life care and planning within the busy urgent and emergency care setting, ahead of the winter period.

For more information, please email

Professional development events for senior children and neonatal nurses

Tuesday 11 September, 9.00am-4pm, Birmingham; Tuesday 25 September, 9.00am-4pm, Leeds; Tuesday 2 October, 9.00am-4pm, London

These events are to provide support for senior children and neonatal nurses to enhance leadership skills.

They are designed to build on the material delivered in session one, ‘Making the 1% difference’, held earlier this year, however, it will still be relevant to those who were unable to attend.

If you require further information or have any questions, please email

Improving care to the paediatric population — why are standards important?

Thursday 22 November, London

We are hosting an event in partnership with NHS England and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, focusing on paediatrics and the benefits of implementing the Facing the Future Standards and the Seven Day Services Clinical Standards.

Updates from our partners

NHS Blood and Transplant

Words Save Lives campaign

This Organ Donation Week, (3-9 September) NHS Blood and Transplant is asking people to talk about organ donation with their families.

You can help support Organ Donation Week in the following ways:

  • use the campaign press release
  • share content online from @NHSOrganDonor
  • display campaign materials in your trust
  • support Organ Donation Week events in your trust or organise your own
  • share your donation decision with your loved ones and ask them if they want to be a donor

A range of Words Save Lives campaign materials are available to download — you will find a range of videos, digital assets and social media posts.


New impact report on falls and fragility fractures

The report explores how NICE guidance has been implemented by the healthcare system and what progress has been made to improve outcomes for those at risk of falls and fragility fractures.

This is the fourth in a series of impact reports which review how NICE recommendations have been used in priority areas of the health and care system. These impact reports are based on data from national audits, reports, survey and indicator frameworks that show the uptake of the guidance and quality statement measures.

Professor Gillian Leng, NICE’s Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Health and Social Care recently shared her thoughts about the report.

Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

Call to participate in a Delphi study on asepsis and aseptic technique

The RCN is undertaking a programme of work on asepsis and aseptic technique because of the recent Glove Awareness Week pilot. A Delphi study will start this month to support a better understanding of current challenges in practice and we are inviting directors and deputy directors of nursing to participate and share with their nursing teams.

Infection and Prevent Control (IPC) education module: now open for bookings

A new module to support IPC education and practice is now open for bookings. Focusing on link nurses, novice infection control nurses and IPC leads in care homes, this course will specifically address the practical application of IPC essential knowledge in practice in all care settings.

For more information, please email

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