Independent provider bulletin: July 2016

Information and events for independent providers of NHS services.

National Quality Board’s (NQB) updated safe staffing improvement resource

We’re one of the organisations that make up the NQB and have helped to develop an updated safe staffing resource for NHS provider boards to assure the delivery of compassionate, effective, safe, sustainable high quality patient care.

This resource sets out the NQB’s expectations for nursing and midwifery care staffing and the broader, multi-professional workforce. It has been designed to support boards with making local staffing decisions to achieve the best possible care for patients within the available staffing resource. The resource will help you to co-ordinate delivering the right staff and skills, in the right time and place. 

Our business plan and objectives

We’ve published our 2016/17 business plan and objectives to 2020

Our business plan explains our role in providing the national leadership, oversight and practical support that providers will need to deliver urgent improvements at the frontline and how we will work towards long term sustainability. 

Our objectives are stretching but achievable and will involve, alongside partners, working with providers and local health systems to help them, individually and as a sector, deliver improvements.

New resources to support safer care of deteriorating patients

We’ve issued a Patient Safety Alert to highlight a range of resources on the early identification, response and management of deterioration in both adult and child patients.

Within these resources is a new safe system framework that our Patient Safety Team has launched in partnership with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, to tackle deterioration in children’s health. We’ve also published shared learning for providers to support the prevention of deterioration in adult patients and a list of resources for the detection and management of deterioration in adult patients from a number of organisations including the Royal College of Physicians and the UK Sepsis Trust.  

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) amendment to English language test requirements

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is changing its International English Language Testing System (IELTS) requirements for nurses and midwives registering from overseas and within the European Economic Area.  

The NMC believes that these changes will increase flexibility for applicants while ensuring that the appropriate standard of English language is still achieved. More details are available on the NMC’s website

Ruth May, Executive Director of Nursing at NHS Improvement, is working closely with Jackie Smith, Chief Executive at the NMC, and her team, to ensure there is a smooth registration system for overseas nurses. 

They will provide you with further updates on the progress of these discussions, but in the meantime if you have continuing concerns or specific examples of issues with the overseas nurse registration process please contact Zoë Packman, Head of Professional Development at NHS Improvement, zoepackman@nhs.net.

Health and Care Innovation Expo, 7 – 8 September, Manchester Central

Health and Care Innovation Expo returns this September. We’ll be there for the whole conference and on 8 September we’ll be hosting an afternoon of discussion and debate for providers, led by Professor Michael West from The King’s Fund. It will bring together academic research with practical application and experiences within trusts to look at how we can cultivate the conditions required to encourage innovation in the NHS.

The two main stages will feature a diverse range of speakers including comedian and mental health campaigner Ruby Wax, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens and National Data Guardian Dame Fiona Caldicott. The pop-up university will return, with more than 100 workshops throughout the two days covering a range of topics including new models of care, and new developments in clinical care. 

You can visit dedicated feature zones, each with their own schedules of expert speakers, which focus on:

  • the continued progress of the vanguard sites developing new care models
  • the continuing developments in personalised medicine and the pioneering 100,000 Genomes project
  • the latest developments in digital technology
  • how the NHS Right Care model will change commissioning priorities 

Start to plan your own online agenda by choosing the keynote speeches, presentations, panel discussions and workshops that matter most to you. You can also download an interactive app which will help you plan your visit, network with other app users and keep up-to-date with the latest updates. 

Our findings from the 2014/15 patient-level cost collection

We’ve published our findings from the voluntary 2014/15 Patient Level Information and Costing Systems (PLICS) data collection which will be useful for all NHS staff who are involved in the production of cost information.

Other healthcare updates

From the Care Quality Commission (CQC): Integrated care for older people

The CQC has published a review which aims to improve the understanding of how services work together to meet the needs of older people. ‘Building bridges, breaking barriers’ looks at how well care for older people is integrated across health and social care, as well as the impact on older people who use services and their families and carers.

From the Department of Health (DH): End of life care – government commitments

Following an independent review into end of life care, the government has made six commitments with the aim of ending variation in treatment across the health system by 2020. The commitments are:

  • honest discussions between care professionals and dying people
  • dying people making informed choices about their care
  • personalised care plans for all
  • the discussion of personalised care plans with care professionals
  • the involvement of family and carers in dying people’s care
  • a key contact so dying people know who to contact at any time of day

DH will share more details on these and what they mean for you and your organisation. 

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