Provider bulletin: 15 May 2019

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

For information

Criteria-led discharge resources

Criteria-led discharge has many benefits to patients, trusts and staff, including increased number of weekend discharges and moving the time of discharge to earlier in the day.

Feedback from trusts in our criteria-led discharge improvement collaborative indicated they would like more support in this area, so we developed new resources, including a policy template, alongside Dr Liz Lees-Deutsch, Consultant Nurse at University Hospitals Birmingham.

Improvement fundamentals online courses 2019/20

Learn about quality improvement theory and how to measure and spread improvement with our free and self-directed online courses. These include videos, articles, discussions and practical exercises that contribute to your own improvement projects and are worth 2.5 CPD points each.

Video on safe terminology to describe thickness and texture of modified food

We have published a short animated video to support our patient safety alert, resources to support safer modification of food and drink.

It outlines the need to eliminate imprecise terms such as ‘soft diet’, to prevent the risk of patients with chewing or swallowing difficulties coming to harm if given inappropriate food. It also introduces the standard terminology framework for modified food and drink.

Please share this video with your teams to reinforce the actions you have taken in response to the alert.


Healthcare support worker (HCSW) masterclass

Wednesday 29 May, 10am-4pm, Birmingham

The day will showcase approaches, learnings and case studies relating to reducing vacancies in HCSW roles from across the NHS and industry, peer networking and regional support.

Wednesday 29 May, 12pm-1pm

Join this webinar to explore the start of Nottingham’s system-level approach to tackling the health and social challenges presented by alcohol — including how the ICS is adopting ‘reducing alcohol harm’ as its first prevention priority.

Greater Manchester CURE project webinar: Curing tobacco addiction in secondary care

Friday 31 May, 12pm-1pm

Join this webinar to find out about the inpatient tobacco addiction treatment model, its potential benefits and key factors to consider if you wish to implement a similar model. With guest speaker Dr Matthew Evison, clinical lead for the CURE Project.

Retention masterclasses

  • Thursday 6 June, 10am-4.15pm, London
  • Wednesday 12 June, 10am-4.15pm, Leeds

Retention continues to be a crucial issue — join our masterclasses to explore new retention approaches from across the NHS, and share ideas, challenges and solutions with your peers.

Social prescribing and mental health

Wednesday 12 June, 9.30am-4pm, London

This event, jointly hosted with The Royal College of Psychiatrists, is for local managers and clinicians in mental health trusts to learn how to use social prescribing across different healthcare settings.

Find out more or contact to reserve your place or nominate up to two members in your organisation.

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