Provider bulletin: 7 November 2018

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

For information

Support the Stop the Pressure campaign to help prevent pressure ulcers

For International Stop Pressure Ulcers Day on Thursday 15 November, we are launching a new awareness campaign around prevention — in line with the newly revised definition and measurement framework.

To show your support, simply wear a red dot on the day. Take the challenge to talk to anyone who ‘spots the dot’ about the steps we can all take to prevent pressure ulcers. You can wear a red dot or ‘wear and share one on your social media profile. Join the #StopThePressure conversation on Twitter.

Have your say — online consultation on our guide to deploying nursing associates

We have drafted a new resource to support providers to safely and effectively deploy nursing associates into the healthcare workforce.

It has been written with input from senior nurses, clinicians, nursing organisations, workforce colleagues and regulatory and government organisations. We would like to hear opinions from colleagues working across healthcare in England, patients, carers, service users and any other interested parties about whether you think it will be helpful in deploying nursing associates into the workforce.

Mandatory cost collection in 2019: what you need to know

Next year will be the first year of a mandatory patient-level costing (PLICS) collection for designated acute providers and we have now confirmed that where PLICS is collected from those trusts, we will no longer be collecting reference cost information as well.

Other non-acute providers that provide acute services (admitted patient care, outpatients and emergency) should continue to submit reference cost information.

If you are not sure how this affects you, take a look at the timetable, or contact

Pharmacy and medicines optimisation: a toolkit for winter 2018/19

NHS Improvement and NHS England have published a framework of good practice for pharmacy and medicines optimisation teams in readiness for managing winter pressures in the acute hospital sector and at the interface with the acute sector.

It provides a toolkit for chief pharmacists and also a checklist for trust boards to assess readiness.

Please share this with chief pharmacists and their teams to help them maximise benefit to patient care, and to make a significant contribution to the overall healthcare system this winter.

Updates from our partners

NHS England

Support to facilitate large-scale change

NHS England has released new dates for its facilitating large scale change webinar series. Led by expert facilitators, this consists of six topic sessions in November and December 2018. Find out more and register.

The team is also offering targeted large scale change support via face-to-face masterclasses. The masterclasses will take place in Leeds and London in February and March 2019. Express your interest by 5pm on Tuesday 20 November 2018.

If you have any questions about the series, please email

Online course for network facilitators in health and care

A free online course for those facilitating networks for change and improvement in health and care launches in January 2019. The Developing Effective Networks for Change and Improvement course (DEN4CI), run by NHS England’s sustainable improvement team and London South Bank University, provides the ‘building blocks’ to develop and sustain effective networks.

Over 11 weeks, the DEN4CI course will equip network leaders and facilitators with the know-how, confidence and practical tools they need. A blend of self-directed and live learning sessions, the course is CPD accredited. Places on the programme are limited and will be allocated following an application process.

Apply now.

General Medical Council (GMC)

Effective clinical governance for the medical profession

The GMC has published a revised handbook for organisations that employ, contract or oversee the practice of doctors in the UK.

It outlines the role of boards and governing bodies in ensuring effective clinical governance for doctors and how this can contribute to high quality patient care. It also provides clear advice about clinical governance processes for doctors including annual appraisal, managing concerns and pre-employment checks.

Care Quality Commission (CQC)

Updated equally outstanding resources

CQC has updated its equality and human rights good practice resource to include a new e-learning module, extra case studies from outstanding providers and an updated PDF version based on user feedback.

These resources will help people working in health and social care to:

  • understand the different reasons why a focus on equality and human rights can improve care quality
  • to ‘make the case’ for equality and human rights in quality improvement work
  • learn from providers that have worked on equality and human rights to deliver outstanding care
  • reflect on the common success factors in outstanding providers using equality and human rights to improve care
  • think about how a focus on equality and human rights can help meet challenges in times of financial constraint

Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych)

Improving physical healthcare to reduce premature mortality in people with serious mental illness

RCPsych has been commissioned to deliver two data collections to reflecting care delivered in different settings as part of the 2018-19 Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) scheme ‘Improving physical healthcare to reduce premature mortality in people with severe mental illness’.

The National Clinical Audit of Psychosis (NCAP) Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) audit will collect information on EIP settings against CQUIN metrics — including new indicators relating to weight gain and smoking cessation. Find out more about the audit, including the data collection, registration and submission timelines.

A second bespoke audit assesses service performance in inpatient and community settings.

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