Provider bulletin: 24 October 2018

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

For information

Changes to measurement of seven day hospital services (7DS)

In partnership with NHS England, we are introducing a new way of measuring 7DS for all trusts — replacing the previous survey with a self-assessment framework.

This will consist of a standard measurement and reporting template, with self-assessment against the existing four priority 7DS clinical standards, supported by local evidence. The self-assessment will then be formally assured by the trust board.

Your trust will need to complete a trial run by February 2019, with full implementation by June 2019. We have sent trust medical directors further details in the email accompanying this week’s bulletin.

Updated care hours per patient day (CHPPD) guidance for mental health and community trusts

The CHPPD guide for mental health and community trusts will help trusts to deploy nursing and healthcare assistants more productively, so the right staff are delivering the right care to patients.

The guide has been updated ahead of the Allied Health Professionals (AHP) data collection in November when we will be collecting data from all mental health and community trusts.

Develop knowledge and skills in demand and capacity modelling

Applications for the demand and capacity trainer programme in the Midlands and East and the North regions are now open. This free, accredited six-month programme is designed to develop organisations’ capability and skills to reduce waiting times for patients.

Watch the prospectus video to find out more about the programme and to see the cohorts on offer across the country. Graduates will be equipped to train others, develop demand and capacity plans and spread knowledge more widely at a local level.

Join our Transformational Change through System Leadership (TCSL) programme

Applications are now open for the upcoming cohort of the TCSL programme, taking place in Leicester. The programme is targeted at senior leaders responsible for leading large scale, complex change in the health and care system. During the workshops, you will be supported to put theory into practice as you work on your own system-wide, transformational change.


Model Mental Health Trust and Model Community Health Trust masterclass: an introduction

Monday 5 November, 12.30pm – 1.30pm, online

Join this webinar to learn about how to use and interpret the new Model Mental Health Trust and Model Community Health Trust digital information tools, launching on Monday 5 November. You will hear about how to meaningfully identify improvement opportunities, how to benchmark your clinical area against other trusts and you will be able to ask questions throughout the webinar.

Updates from our partners

NHS Digital

Have your say on the draft technology standards framework

NHS Digital has published its draft technology standards framework, setting out the early thinking and expectations for the use of digital, data and technology standards in health and care and supports the ambitions outlined in the government’s technology vision for the future of health and care. Over time all NHS providers will be expected to meet these standards.

NHS Digital wants to collaborate with trusts to develop the final framework and specifications for each standard, and you are invited to comment on the proposals. Please also pass this on to your chief information officer and chief clinical information officer and have your say by emailing

NHS England

New extended guidance for Child Death Review Partners

The Child death review: statutory and operational guidance sets out expectations for the review of all deaths of children under 18 years of age from whatever cause. Please note, the new child death review forms were published earlier this month.

Senior leaders who commission or provide services for children, should follow the procedures set out in this guidance. All other professionals who care for children, or who have a role in the child death review process, should follow this guidance to ensure they respond to each child death appropriately.

An introduction to NEWS2 – The National Early Warning Score for identifying acutely ill patients

This new film features Professor Bryan Williams (University College London Hospitals) discussing the development of NEWS2, the benefits of a standardised system, and how it can be used to identify acute deterioration in adult patients. The film also provides a link to the free, online NEWS training for health professionals.

Online course for network facilitators in health and care

Apply for this free online course for those facilitating networks for change and improvement in health and care. The Developing Effective Networks for Change and Improvement course provides the ‘building blocks’ to develop and sustain effective networks and it will equip network leaders and facilitators with the know-how, confidence and practical tools they need.

NHS Confederation

Looking to the future – supporting non-executive directors (NEDs) to develop a sustainable health system

Friday 2 November, 10am – 1.30pm, London

The NHS Confederation is working to support chairs and NEDs in the NHS to align economic, social and environmental demands with the daily pressures of leading the health and care system.

This free event will discuss the changing policy, governance and fiscal context of place-based working, share practical examples of how to prioritise and measure progress in sustainability and learn about the legal basis for change.

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