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Our consultation is now open on proposed changes to the requirements on NHS foundation trusts and NHS trusts who provide mental health services to record and report the costs of mental health activity.
We propose that from 2019/20 the costs should be recorded and reported at a patient level in line with the Healthcare Costing Standards for England. The changes would apply from the 2019/20 financial year, with the first mandated collection in 2020.
We would like views on this proposal from providers of mental health services and any interested parties, to inform our final decision.
We have published a summary of responses to the engagement activity we carried out earlier this year. The document summarises responses to our online survey, as well as discussions held at a series of workshops and focus groups, and a Twitter chat.
The responses are being used to inform the review of the Serious Incident Framework, which is due to be published in spring 2019.
Last week, the Department of Health and Social Care announced the first 13 trusts who will receive a share of £78 million national funding to support the implementation of electronic prescribing and medicines administration (ePMA). The money will accelerate the introduction of these systems to provide safer, better quality patient care.
We are now looking for more trusts to bid for funding by 31 January 2019. Please speak with your chief pharmacist who can apply through the Hospital Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation collaboration hub.
Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
Change to English language requirements for nurses and midwives gets green light
Proposals to change the requirements for overseas nurses and midwives taking the International English Language Test System (IELTS) have been approved by the NMC. Following the change, nurses and midwives will still be required to achieve a minimum overall level of 7 in the test. However, a level 6.5 in writing will be accepted alongside a level 7 in reading, listening and speaking.
NMC is not currently changing the requirements for the Occupational English Test, but will keep this under review. NMC will be monitoring the impact of this change carefully and will be doing some more engagement and research on how they test for language competence in the future starting early next year.
Implementing the ‘SAS charter’
NHS Employers has produced a suite of new resources to support employers with implementing the charter for specialty and associate specialist doctors (SAS)opens in a new window. The checklist, monitoring tool and evaluation toolkit can help gauge current progress in clinical departments, identify areas for improvement and offer further support.
The charter was launched in 2014 to assist employers and SAS doctors in working together. It sets out what employers can expect from SAS doctors, and also ensures clinicians are properly supported in the workplace and get the recognition they deserve.