Provider bulletin: 1 May 2019

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

For action

Nominate high cost drugs and devices for the next tariff

You can now nominate drugs and devices to be added to, or removed from, the lists of items paid for which are separate to the national tariff price. Any changes would apply for the next national tariff, due to take effect in April 2020.

For information

Upcoming local and EU elections: pre-election guidance

EU parliamentary elections will take place across the whole of the UK on Thursday 23 May.

The pre-election period, also known as ‘purdah’, is already in place in areas that are holding local elections tomorrow (Thursday 2 May). However, from Thursday 2 May to Thursday 23 May, it will be in place across the whole of the UK for the EU elections.

Please share our pre-election guidance widely within your organisation to ensure your staff are aware of the implications on communications activities during this time.

Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT): good practice in leadership advice pack

GIRFT’s new advice pack, Getting it right in leadership, presents case studies of good practice to help you identify and drive change to improve services for patients.

The examples in the pack provide practical solutions to help your clinicians and managers work together to encourage continuous quality improvement.

Additional global digital exemplars (GDE) blueprints

GDE blueprints are step-by-step guides created by trusts, outlining what’s needed to deliver the benefits of technology and lasting digital change. The additional blueprints will help drive digital improvements across the NHS more quickly and cost effectively, and improve services for patients and staff.

New blueprints include:

  • an app to record physical observations at the point of care
  • implementation of speech recognition software
  • electronic graphical displays on labour wards.

To request access to the GDE blueprints, please email


Masterclass: board engagement in staff health and wellbeing

Thursday 16 May, 1pm-2pm.

Join this webinar to better understand how you can ensure that health and wellbeing leads in your organisation are supported and able to create a culture where your staff can thrive.

Guest speakers include nationally recognised and highly respected experts Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge, Special Advisor to the Department of Health and Social Care, and Public Health England and Chair of the British Library, and Mr Paul Litchfield, Chair of the What Works Centre for Wellbeing.

Updates from our partners


Join a national network of senior operational leaders

Proud2bOps is a national network offering senior operational professionals the opportunity to come together and share best practice, while developing themselves as leaders. The network is a peer community, committed to learning and exchanging ideas. The network allows you to be challenged in an open, trusted space, while fostering trust, respect and confidentiality.

To find out more and join, please email

Good Governance Institute (GGI)

Sharing an innovative approach: Sussex MSK Partnership East

Thursday 30 May, 6pm-8.30pm, London.

Join GGI for the presentation and discussion of an integrated care partnership in action, delivering improved patient experience, health outcomes and efficiency.

This event provides an excellent opportunity to showcase a successful integrated care partnership, the lessons learned along the journey, and emerging core transferable themes, including:

  • building an effective commissioning process
  • strong leadership
  • patient centred approach

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