Provider bulletin: 23 October 2019

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

For action

EU Exit and winter reporting

We have agreed to align EU Exit and winter reporting activities to avoid duplication, reduce burden on trusts and ensure a single national narrative. Alignment of SitReps will occur through ‘live’ daily dialogue between EU Exit and Urgent Emergency Care (UEC) teams to ensure intelligence is joined up regionally and nationally. We recognise this reporting takes extraordinary planning and commitment, and we appreciate your ongoing support.

The EU Exit SitRep went live on Monday 21 October and will be submitted between 2pm and 3pm Monday to Friday until further notice. Please direct any questions to your regional EU Exit teams.

Daily winter UEC SitRep seven-day reporting is dependent on EU Exit negotiations.

  • If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on Thursday 31 October, we will commence seven-day reporting on Saturday 2 November.
  • If the UK leaves the EU with a deal on Thursday 31 October, or if there is an extension, seven-day reporting will commence on Monday 2 December.
Please direct technical questions about UEC data collection to and, and other queries to

For information

Implementation of sexual orientation data survey

Lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) patients can face serious health inequalities. Sexual orientation monitoring (the collection of data on patient sexuality with patient consent) helps us understand the health challenges and experiences of LGB people so we can develop plans to improve care.

We want to understand how the different parts of the NHS are collecting this data to help us collect the data more sensibly and sensitively in future. You can respond as an organisation or individually and can anonymise your response.

Please forward this survey to relevant teams to be completed by Wednesday 27 November.


Commissioning for quality and innovation (CQUIN) — implementing three high-impact actions to prevent falls (2)

Tuesday 5 November, 1pm-2.30pm

This Webex is another opportunity to share experiences, challenges and improvement plans with other falls leads, clinicians and practitioners, CQUIN quality and improvement leads, and commissioners.

The Aspire Together Talent Pool webinars

How to self-nominate and prepare for assessment — for candidates

Friday 8 November, 12pm-1.30pm

This webinar will support potential candidates with the application and assessment process for the Aspire Together Talent Pool for Aspirant Directors, which will reopen later this year. It will cover the type of experiences and skills you need, what to expect from the process and how to prepare for the assessment centre.

How to nominate and support your candidates — for organisations

Wednesday 13 November, 12pm-1.30pm

This webinar invites chief executives, chairs, HR directors and line managers of potential nominees to learn more about the process, find out how you can best support candidates and ask any questions.

National Retention Awards — in partnership with the Burdett Trust

Tuesday 19 November, 9.30am-5pm, De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, London

A retention masterclass will be held in the morning, opened by our Deputy Chief Nursing Officer — Delivery and Innovation Mark Radford and showcasing retention initiatives across the NHS. We will then host an awards ceremony celebrating retention success stories in the afternoon.

Apply for our large-scale change masterclasses

  • Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 February, London
  • Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 March, Leeds
  • Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 March, Birmingham

We are offering health and care teams support for large-scale change via face-to-face masterclasses.

The masterclasses — run by our Transformation Academy for Large-Scale Change — are face-to-face, learning-in-action events designed to help teams achieve their large-scale change ambitions.

Register your interest by Thursday 28 November.

Updates from our partners


Survey on the impact of the Network and Information Systems Regulations

To help shape how the regulations work in the future, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport has sent a survey directly to your senior information risk owner — please encourage them to complete the survey by Friday 15 November.

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine

Focus on engaging and retaining your emergency department staff this winter

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine has produced five EM-POWER guides to help you engage and retain your emergency department (ED) workforce in an energised, positive and productive way ahead of winter. Many of the messages and tips are also relevant to other NHS staff.

The guides include strategies for increasing work flexibility, focusing on professional and personal development, and practical advice for clinical and non-clinical ED managers.

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

New open competition to choose the next Academic Health Science Centres

These centres are partnerships between top universities and outstanding NHS organisations, and they will undertake world-leading research to tackle deadly diseases, develop new treatments and transform patient care.

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