Provider bulletin: 3 July 2019

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


For action

Staff flu immunisation campaign

This year’s NHS staff flu vaccination campaign materials will be published this month to help you communicate the importance of staff vaccination. The campaign toolkit will include briefing notes and communications resources which you can adapt to fit local needs.

For information

Medicines and medical products supply: Government updates no-deal EU Exit plans

The Government has confirmed further details of how it will maintain the supply of medicines and medical products in the event of a no-deal EU Exit. These include procurement exercises to secure extra freight capacity, continuing the build-up of buffer stocks, securing extra warehouse space and a range of additional measures.

Launch of the NHS Patient Safety Strategy

The first national NHS Patient Safety Strategy has been launched. It sets a vision for continuous safety improvement, underpinned by a safety culture and effective safety systems.

The strategy emphasises the need to support staff and look at systems rather than blaming individuals when incidents occur. Key features include a safety syllabus and training for all staff, a new incident management system, patient involvement and a national patient safety improvement programme.

Making data count — strengthening your decisions

Our new guide will strengthen your confidence in using statistical process control (SPC) charts — helping you to make the very best use of your data by working through the scenarios and exercises.

You’ll find videos from people working in the NHS about the benefits of moving to SPC, as well as tips on how to pull out key messages and guidance on when and how process limits should be recalculated.

Opportunity to build quality and service improvement capability

The latest QSIR College (quality, service improvement and redesign) cohort applications are now open. you can apply as an organisation or health system to build sustainable quality and service improvement capacity.

QSIR College prepares and accredits NHS staff to teach QSIR programmes to other staff within their organisations, or across their health system. The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 19 July.


Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC) — Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) — third webinar

Thursday 11 July, 3.15pm – 4.15pm

This webinar is for contract, finance, commercial and procurement colleagues, and will look at the SDEC CQUIN specifications, audit tool and FAQs. Please submit any questions you may have regarding the FAQs to the SDEC CQUIN inbox below by Monday 8 July, and we will attempt to address them during the webinar on Thursday 11 July.

You can also listen to the recording from our second SDEC CQUIN webinar on Wednesday 12 June.

Updates from our partners

Public Health England (PHE) and Health Education England (HEE)

New e-learning programme to help you support mums-to-be to have a smoke-free pregnancy

Midwives and teams will benefit from using the e-learning resources to ask the right questions and help ensure mums-to-be have safe pregnancies, reducing stillbirths and increasing full-term pregnancies.

Health Education England (HEE)

Values Week 2019

Monday 15 July — Friday 19 July

This system-wide initiative is a chance for staff to share how they bring NHS values to life on a daily basis.

Give your support to the campaign now by printing and completing a pledge card outlining your commitment to living the values. Please share this on social media in the lead up to Values Week, using the hashtag #LivingTheValues and tagging @NHS_HealthEdEng.


Helpforce Champions Awards 2019

Helpforce, a charity improving the lives of NHS staff and patients through volunteering, have opened their 2019 Helpforce Champions Awards. Their national awards provide recognition for the fantastic contribution volunteers make to the NHS. Patients, staff and volunteers can nominate anyone they feel makes a difference in their local area.

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