Information and events for independent providers of NHS services.
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In this edition:
- New resources for developing
- Patient safety incident reporting
and responding to alerts
- Transforming costing
- Watch our first board meeting on
- Other healthcare updates
New resource to support you develop your local system’s strategy
We’ve developed a new guide ‘In it together: developing your local system strategy’ which you may find useful when developing and implementing strategies at the front line.
‘In it together’ has been designed to be read alongside our strategy development toolkit and it also provides insights from the service and signposts to recommended resources and case studies. It should be useful to all systems at any stage of working together.
Patient safety incident reporting and responding to alerts: clarification of processes
Having assumed the statutory patient safety functions previously delivered by NHS England, we wanted to clarify that as providers of NHS-funded care you should continue to follow the existing processes and policies to report incidents. The way you receive and act on national patient safety alerts will also remain the same.
If you have any questions then please email email@example.com.
Transforming costing: your questions answered
Following the publication of our costing guidance, which includes the draft healthcare costing standards, we’ve answered some frequently asked questions. We’ll publish answers to further questions on a regular basis as the costing transformation programme evolves.
If you have any questions then please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign up to our YouTube channel to watch our first board meeting
Our first NHS Improvement board meeting is taking place on Thursday 28 April and you’ll be able to watch a recording of the public session from Friday afternoon, 29 April.
To view this and follow other updates about our improvement work, subscribe to our YouTube channel.
Freedom to speak up: national whistleblowing policy is here to help you
Alongside NHS England, we’ve published a national whistleblowing policy for all organisations providing NHS-funded services, to adopt as a minimum standard to help to normalise the raising of concerns for the benefit of all patients.
The policy came from a recommendation in Sir Robert Francis’ ‘Freedom to speak up review’ and follows where you commented on our policy proposals.
Please email email@example.com if you would like a Word version of the policy for you to adapt and use within your organisation.
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Other healthcare updates
From Health Education England (HEE) and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC): thought leadership lecture, 3 May, London
free event, HEE and the NMC will explore their roles in shaping the nursing and
care workforce that patients need today and in the future.
The lecture is open to anyone involved in the future shape of the care workforce and will be of specific interest to the following groups:
leaders working in primary and acute settings
working in the independent and third sectors
from healthcare faculties in higher education
From NHS England: national cancer breach allocation guidance
NHS England’s ‘Cancer waiting times delivery group‘ has developed national cancer breach allocation guidance to give providers a clear process to follow when creating local breach allocation policies which can help to remove bottlenecks from patient pathways and deliver timely cancer treatment.
NHS England advises that these policies should adopt a single maximum handover date of day 38, the date by which cancer patients on an inter provider (IPT) pathway should be transferred from the referring trust/s to the treating trust.