Provider bulletin: 10 April 2019

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

For action

Help us define core information for joined-up care

The Professional Record Standards Body is conducting a survey on our behalf. It will help define a core set of information about a person that needs to be shared to support safe, high-quality, joined-up care, and help people take greater control of their health and care.

For information

Update on EU Exit preparations from Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has written to staff across the NHS to provide an update on the ongoing preparations for leaving the European Union. This letter includes updates on:

  • protecting the rights of EU health and social care staff
  • EU Settlement Scheme
  • recognition of professional qualifications
  • medicines and prescribing

We have published updated information on planning for continuity of supply of medicines in the case of a ‘no deal’ EU Exit. This information also includes supporting Q and As, which may be helpful in any discussion with patients about their medicines and medical products. The NHS website has also been updated with some patient-facing information on medicines supply.

Charging regulations in the event of a ‘no-deal’ EU Exit

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have published more information on how updates to the charging regulations will affect how they recover costs from overseas visitors and migrants, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, or without agreements on healthcare in place.

The changes that have been made, which will apply in England only, relate only to the UK’s departure from the EU. DHSC has not altered any rules relating to visitors or migrants from outside the EU, nor extended charging into services that are not currently chargeable, such as accident and emergency.

Local variations template simplified

As part of the 2019/20 national tariff, which came into effect on 1 April, the local variations template has been simplified. The updated template focuses on the key information needed to understand how providers and commissioners are working together and to guide future price development.

We will make submissions available for all stakeholders to review and learn from.

If you have any questions, please email


Workforce 2019: supporting our future NHS

Thursday 23 May, 9am-4.30pm, London

Our second workforce event, following shortly after the publication of the interim workforce implementation plan, is focused on people strategy.

We will explore the themes of the plan and have an opportunity to hear from national leaders and to share local challenges and solutions.

Updates from our partners

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)

Share your views on improving perceptions of working in the community

Throughout April, DHSC would like NHS staff to share solutions on ‘improving perceptions of working in the community’.

This will help policymakers understand how to improve provision of community health services — a key element of the NHS Long Term Plan. These services prevent hospital admissions, reduce delays in patient discharge and improve patient experiences.

Please encourage your staff to get involved and share their ideas.

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