Provider bulletin: 17 April 2019

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

For action

New reference price for adalimumab

We have set a national reference price for 20mg and 40mg-strength doses of adalimumab best value biologics medicines, to maximise the use of taxpayers’ investment and improve efficiency and productivity, as outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan. For further information, please see the letter from our Deputy Chief Executive Matthew Swindells.

Please factor this into your 2019/20 procurement and purchasing decisions with immediate effect.

Send us your views on the 2019/20 national tariff consultation process

We want to understand your experience of the development of our 2019/20 national tariff payment system, and where there are opportunities to make improvements in developing future tariffs and making them easier to understand and use.

We would like your feedback with a focus on engagement with proposals, the organisation-level impact analysis reports, and the final published tariff.

Tell us about your success in reducing inappropriate polypharmacy

Please share with us examples of successes you’ve had in working to reduce inappropriate polypharmacy. This will inform our work to develop a national policy on overprescribing, as part of the recently announced national review. Further information can be found on the Specialist Pharmacy Service website, along with a downloadable template and other examples of best practice.

Please submit your examples of good practice to by Tuesday 23 April.

For information

Financial planning workbooks

We have added a financial planning workbook to your trust’s portal, which reflects the data in financial plans submitted on Thursday 4 April. You can use the workbook to inform your discussions with regional teams.

If, after speaking to your regional contact, you have any questions, please email


Midlands and East of England: safeguarding — gangs and county lines

This event will include discussions and debates on contextual safeguarding, as well as spreading awareness and key messages on the criminal exploitation of children and young people.

There are separate morning and afternoon sessions for this event in different regions. Please book on to one session only, by clicking on the date/time slot that suits your availability.

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