Provider bulletin: 13 March 2019

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

For action

Commissioning for quality and innovation (CQUIN) 2019/20 guidance and indicators specifications

The CQUIN guidance provides details about the operation of the CQUIN scheme for 2019/20 and sets out the mandated national indicators. The following documents have been published for 2019/20:

  • Combined Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Prescribed Specialised Services (PSS) CQUIN guidance
  • CCG CQUIN indicator specification
  • Prescribed Specialised Services CQUIN schemes
Please pass this on to your contract, finance, commercial and procurement managers so they can enact updated versions of the CQUIN guidance and relevant indicators specifications for 2019/20 by Sunday 31 March 2019.

For information

Quarterly performance of the NHS provider sector: quarter 3 2018/19

Last week we published Q3 performance data for all NHS providers. It shows that between October and December 2018, more patients were treated and discharged in emergency departments (EDs) within four hours — putting the NHS in good stead as we embark on the ambitious NHS Long Term Plan.

However, the focus on treating high numbers of patients across EDs was one of the key reasons the provider sector reported a year-to-date deficit of £1.2 billion.

New clinically-led review of NHS access standards

The new proposed clinical improvements aim to deliver rapid assessment and treatment for patients with the most serious conditions, with shorter waiting times for millions more NHS patients.

NHS National Medical Director Professor Stephen Powis announced the proposals, which have been developed by some of the country’s leading clinicians. They maintain the benefits of existing targets while updating them to ensure they support frontline staff to deliver the NHS Long Term Plan.

NHS Standard Contract 2019/20 and national variations

The NHS Standard Contract is mandated by NHS England for use by commissioners for all contracts for healthcare services other than primary care. The following documents have now been published:

  • Full length NHS Standard Contract 2019/20
  • Shorter-form NHS Standard Contract 2019/20
  • NHS Standard Contract 2019/20 technical guidance
  • NHS Standard Contract national variations and guidance
  • NHS sub-contract and guidance

Guide to developing and implementing ward and unit accreditation programmes

This guidance is for chief nurses and other senior nurses and midwives to help design and implement a structured framework to measure, evaluate and continuously improve the delivery of care in the wards and units across your organisation.

Improved support for Specialty and Associate Specialist (SAS) doctors

SAS doctors are a vital part of the workforce — making up 20% of the medical staff in England, but many say they lack workplace support.

New measures outlined in Maximising the potential: essential measures to support SAS doctors, set out how we are working with Health Education England and other partners to improve opportunities for SAS doctors — to support them to advance as clinicians and leaders in healthcare, improve the knowledge of what they do among other healthcare professionals, and to promote SAS as an attractive career option.

Executive nurse handbook

This updated handbook is for those who aspire to be an executive nurse working at board level, those already in post, and for organisations to use to support and develop this important role.

The handbook combines strategic and practical advice with input from executive nurse colleagues.

National hand hygiene policy

Our national hand hygiene policy is a practice guide for NHS staff of all disciplines in all care settings. It covers responsibilities for organisations, staff and infection prevention and control (IPC) teams and it sets out how and when to decontaminate hands.

Infection prevention is recognised as a key component of the new five-year action plan on antimicrobial resistance, and the policy was developed with IPC colleagues representing acute, community, mental health, ambulance and other specialist centres from across England.

Nominate your staff for an NHS Parliamentary Award

The NHS Parliamentary Awards are an opportunity for you to celebrate excellence in your organisation, showcase the best of the NHS at a national level, develop and maintain relationships with your local MP, and boost staff morale.

You can get involved by putting your organisation forward to your MP in one or more of the ten categories, by Friday 26 April.


Risk sharing through payment series webinar

Tuesday 19 March, 12.30pm-1.30pm

This webinar is for colleagues involved in pricing and contracting, and will look at approaches to sharing activity-based risk. You will look at the basic principles of activity-based risk sharing, and issues you should consider when designing your own arrangements locally.

NHS Long Term Plan legislation proposals stakeholder events

Wednesday 3 April, 10am–2pm, London

Tuesday 16 April, 10am–2pm, Leeds

We are running two national events on proposed changes to legislation to make implementing the NHS Long Term Plan quicker and easier.

You will hear directly from NHS leaders about the proposals and how they aim to improve the planning and delivery of care. There will also be group discussions, so people can explore the plans in more detail.

Find out more and book a place by emailing

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