Provider bulletin: 27 March 2019

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

For action

Change to venous thromboembolism (VTE) data collection

In April 2018, The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence updated their VTE risk assessment guidance (NG89). One of the main changes was that patients aged 16 and 17 years old should be risk assessed — previously the guidance referred to patients aged 18+ only.

From April 2019 we will be bringing our VTE data collection in line with this change. The NHS Standard Contract will also be updated.

You will need to start collecting the data from April 2019, with your first submission of data for Q1 2019/20, including the new criteria in July 2019.Data for Q4 2018/19 submitted in April 2019 should be collected using the old criteria for patients aged 18+ only.

You can refer to the VTE data collection guidance to help you complete your submissions.

Workforce deployment software supplier contracts — renewal guidance

As we work with you and suppliers to standardise the contracts you enter into and the services they provide, please do not enter into any supplier contracts longer than two years.

We will soon be publishing the 2019/20 capital funding prospectus, technical specification and contract guidance, which will help your trust bid for, and purchase, the technology you need at a better value price.

If you have any questions about your software supplier contracts, please email

For information

2019/20 national tariff published

The 2019/20 national tariff payment system has now been published and will take effect from 1 April 2019. There have been no substantial changes to the proposed tariff consulted on during January and February 2019. Under the published tariff, blended payment will be the default payment approach for emergency care services.

Official statistics on patient safety incident reporting and latest patient safety review and response report

We have published our latest bi-annual official statistics on patient safety incidents reported to the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS). This data shows details of incidents reported by each NHS trust between April and September 2018, alongside a further data set providing national patterns and trends of incidents reported between October 2017 and September 2018.

We have also published our fifth Patient safety review and response report, showing how we used incidents reported to the NRLS, and other sources, to identify and address ‘under-recognised’ safety issues between April and September 2018.

Updates from our partners

NHS Employers

Disability Summit 2019 — changing mindsets, embracing difference

Tuesday 30 April, 9.30am-4pm, London

This summit will bring together disabled staff, HR directors and leaders, and equality practitioners from across the health and social care sector to share experiences of disability in the workplace.

We will be discussing issues affecting disabled staff, showcase good practice from both within and outside of the NHS and share practical solutions to take back to your workplace.

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