Provider bulletin: 7 August 2019

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

For information

The Sir Peter Carr Award 2019/20

The Sir Peter Carr Award supports staff to model the leadership values that work best in healthcare. If you are part of an innovative and effective partnership, or have an improvement initiative that contributes to delivering the NHS Long Term Plan, we want to hear from you.

All finalists will have access to coaching and learning opportunities over 12 months and will receive support to make a video or case study of their improvement initiative for sharing and wider learning.

Unsung Hero Awards

These awards recognise and honour non-clinical staff, teams and volunteers who go above and beyond the call of duty for the NHS. The awards shine a light on the hard work and commitment of people who are vital to our health service but are sometimes overlooked.

Find out more and nominate your staff by Monday 30 September in any of the 11 categories, including administration, estates, IT, volunteering and leadership.

New NHS Spend Comparison service

The NHS Spend Comparison service is now live for all NHS procurement teams to use, replacing the Purchase Price Index and Benchmarking (PPIB) tool. Designed in collaboration with trusts and NHS Digital, the new version is faster and easier to use.

You can watch our webinar to find out how to use the service, and email if you have any queries.

First clinical service benchmarking metrics launched in Model Community Health Services

Understand how your caseloads, waiting times and patterns of activity compare to your peers, and identify improvement opportunities with the first set of clinical service benchmarking metrics in the Model Community Health Services.

The new metrics cover 10 key service areas and are based on your organisation’s submissions to the community services data set. Over the coming year, we will expand the range of services covered and develop metrics to show the productivity of these services.

If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback, please email

Updates from our partners

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)

NHS poetry anthology

The RCGP are creating an NHS poetry anthology to give a voice to, and reflect the experiences of, staff from across the NHS. The anthology aims to celebrate the creativity and talent of the NHS workforce and all proceeds will go to NHS Charities Together. Poet Michael Rosen will judge the poems and write the foreword.

Submit a poem by midnight Saturday 14 September to be in with a chance of being featured in the anthology.

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Call for evidence to inform the review of the Homelessness Reduction Act

The Act is being reviewed and the call for evidence will run until Tuesday 15 October. The evidence forms part of the government’s review which will report back by March 2020. The call for evidence is looking at how the Act has been implemented, how it has been resourced, and the experience of people making a homelessness application.

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