Provider bulletin: 28 November 2019

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

For information

Pensions tax annual allowance and taper

We’re helping to improve patient care by making sure senior clinical staff aren’t left out of pocket for doing extra shifts as a result of a tax charge relating to the pensions annual allowance.

If you’re affected by the pensions annual allowance and taper, find out what this means for you and your colleagues — read the letter, summary and the FAQs.

For action

Have your frontline staff had their flu jab?

Our Chief Nursing Officer Ruth May is spearheading this year’s drive to ensure as many frontline nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals as possible get vaccinated against seasonal flu – meaning they are both less likely to need time off over the busy winter period, and less likely to pass on the virus to vulnerable patients.

Please ensure you and your colleagues get your flu vaccination this year.

New post-polypectomy and post-colorectal cancer resection surveillance guidelines

New guidance on polyp surveillance could reduce the demand for surveillance colonoscopy in symptomatic services by up to 70% and support service availability over winter.

Through Cancer Alliances we have asked symptomatic services in trusts with a colonoscopy service to nominate a consultant ‘trust surveillance lead’ with implementation of the guidance in their job plan by Thursday 19 December 2019. PHE has sent separate communications to screening services.


Board development webinar: The case for workplace health on the board agenda

Monday 9 December, 1pm-2pm

Improving staff health and wellbeing is good for staff and good for patients. But with so much guidance available, where should a board invest its time and energy? And how can we move from a transactional occupational health service to a transformational one?

Join Richard Heron and Giles Wright, nationally recognised occupational health experts, to find out more.

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