Provider bulletin: 31 July 2019

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

For action

Make your workforce rotas future-fit

Procure and develop best-in-class systems for e-rostering and e-job planning with our new resources, and apply for capital funding to help implement them.

In partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care, we are offering £7 million to help trusts develop e-rostering and job planning systems. There will be a specific focus on trusts implementing these systems for the first time and those working with suppliers to develop advanced functionality in workforce rotas.

HR directors — make your bid for funding now. Applications close at midnight on Tuesday 24 September 2019. If you are not an HR director but would like to submit a bid, please request a login from

Have your say — shape the agenda of the annual medical leaders’ day

The leaders in healthcare conference in November showcases the most topical issues in healthcare and how they affect the future of the healthcare profession.

National Medical Director Professor Stephen Powis will host his annual medical leaders’ day during the conference with medical directors and clinical leaders coming together to discuss delivering the strategic priorities of the NHS Long Term Plan.

Share your suggestions for the agenda and format of the day by midnight Wednesday 7 July 2019 — and please encourage your medical colleagues to do the same.

For information

Innovation and technology payment (ITP) 2019/20 — removing financial barriers

Your organisation, patients and local population could receive ITP funding for innovations and technology that offer potential clinical and financial benefits for providers.

This programme supports our commitment to accelerating the adoption and spread of proven and affordable innovations, as set out in the Five Year Forward View and the NHS Long Term Plan.

Find out more about the ITP programme, this year’s themes, and the criteria for selection, or send your enquiries to

Freedom to Speak Up (FTSU) guidance for boards

As a result of detailed feedback from trusts, we have revised guidance on our expectations of boards and board members encouraging staff to speak up about issues of patient care, quality or safety and now offer supplementary resources and a streamlined self-review tool.

Executive leads for FTSU can review their trust’s progress and refine development plans against the updated guidance.

Updates from our partners

Care Quality Commission

Driving improvement through technology

This resource examines how providers are using new technologies to improve quality of care, including applications developed to help patients take more control, and digital systems for sharing care records.

It focuses on how healthcare services are doing things differently and highlights the need for providers, innovators and regulators to work together to get the best out of new technology.

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