Provider bulletin: 17 October 2018

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

For action

Have your say on wholly owned subsidiaries

We’re consulting on proposals to change the way we approve and trusts report subsidiary companies. This will enable us to ensure only business cases that create value for the sector proceed, whilst continuing to respect NHS freedoms and innovation.

Apply for the NHS Energy Efficiency Fund for LED lighting

The government has made £46 million available for trusts to improve and expand the use of LED lighting across your services, to save the NHS money and provide a better-quality experience for patients, staff and visitors.

The funding can help you reduce your electricity use, cut your energy bills and deliver the Carter recommendations. Sign up for our upcoming webinar to find out more.

For information

Ward leader’s handbook

Directors of nursing — you can use this new handbook to support local development programmes aimed at improving the leadership skills of nurses working in wards irrespective of the setting.

Individual ward leaders can use this handbook as part of their professional development discussions.

Stop the Pressure: updated definition and measurement framework

Following feedback from trusts, we have updated our pressure ulcer definition and measurement recommendations.

Directors of nursing, please share this with your tissue viability teams, safety teams and any other relevant groups to ensure they are using the latest version.

New emergency care video series

Hear about good emergency care practice in health and care teams with our new series of videos, which cover:

  • embracing risk and enabling patient choice
  • frailty
  • acute assessment
  • emergency department streaming
  • clinical decision units
  • board rounds


Model Hospital masterclass: analysing medical workforce productivity data and understanding the redesigned doctors compartment

Thursday 25 October, 12.30pm – 1.30pm, online

Join this webinar to learn about the latest medical workforce productivity data and the new easy-to-use doctors compartment redesign.

Productivity data now includes Getting It Right First Time groupings of clinical specialties for acute trusts and the data concerning consultants, trust grade doctors and doctors in training. The new doctors compartment allows you to compare selected peer groups at a glance, and to easily identify improvement opportunities.

The £46 million NHS Energy Efficiency Fund: what it is and how to apply

Monday 29 October 2018, 12.30pm – 1.30pm, online

Join this webinar to learn more about this fantastic opportunity. We will cover all you need to know about the fund and the application process, concluding with an opportunity to ask questions.

National falls practitioner network conference

Tuesday 20 November, 9.30am – 4.30pm, London

An event for hospital falls practitioners and those leading on falls in trusts to:

  • hear best practice examples regarding reducing the number of injurious falls in trusts
  • take away tools and new ideas on fall reduction initiatives to share with colleagues
  • find out how you can join the growing national falls practitioner network
  • take part in focused discussions and ask questions.

Updates from our partners

NHS England/Specialist Pharmacy Service

Doctors encouraged to use biosimilar versions of adalimumab to help save the NHS £150 million

Doctors are now being asked to consider equally effective and safe biosimilar versions of adalimumab (brand name Humira®) after the patent on the drug expired yesterday (Tuesday 16 October).

Biosimilar versions of adalimumab are expected to be available to NHS patients from December this year and could help save the NHS at least £150 million per year by 2021.

Find out how you can implement the use of biosimilars using the implementation toolkit.

Home Office

Plans to test EU Settlement Scheme

The Home Office last week announced plans to test the EU Settlement Scheme with all health and social care workers. This means EU citizens working in the health or care sector will have early access to the scheme before it is rolled out more widely in 2019.

NHS Employers will be working with us, the Department of Health and Social Care and the Home Office to produce and disseminate communication materials to help you best support your colleagues who need to register for the scheme.

The scheme does not open until Thursday 29 November, but it is vital you start preparing now by both identifying those staff who need to register and ensuring they are aware.

NHS Digital Academy

Cohort 2 applications now open for the NHS Digital Academy

The NHS Digital Academy, through a partnership with Imperial College London, the University of Edinburgh and Harvard Medical School, provides a fully-funded year-long learning programme (Post Graduate Diploma in Digital Health Leadership) for digital change leaders.

The first cohort of 100 delegates from around the health and care system in England started in April 2018 and includes chief clinical information officers, chief information officers and many others charged with leading digital change, from both clinical and non-clinical backgrounds.

Find out more and apply now for cohort 2, commencing in April 2019.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

NICE fellowships and scholarships: applications now open

NICE is looking for exceptional people with a passion for health and care to join its prestigious fellows and scholars programmes.

Up to 10 scholarships and 10 fellowships will be awarded this year. Both roles are unpaid and undertaken alongside successful candidates’ existing jobs and other responsibilities.

Find out more and apply by Friday 9 November.

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