Independent provider bulletin: June 2016

Information and events for independent providers of NHS services.

Keeping your provider licence details up to date

If you hold an NHS provider licence, please ensure that your licence details are current and up to date. When updating your information you can follow these steps:

  • if the legal name of your organisation has changed, please submit a change request via your licensing system account
  • if your financial year end has changed, let us know via the secure messaging service on your licence account as soon as possible

Please also ensure that your licensing user accounts are kept up to date. Adding and removing users on your account can be done in a few easy steps

Latest updates on 2017/18 national tariff

We're developing our proposals with NHS England for the 2017/18 national tariff, including: 

  • the timeline for the tariff 
  • the areas of work we are focusing on 
  • resources available to you 

Sign up to receive email updates when we publish new information about the 2017/18 tariff.

Chief Investigator of the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch appointed

Keith Conradi has been appointed as the Chief Investigator of the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB), the new organisation being set up to support NHS providers in the conduct of high standard investigations and to perform a small number of investigations of its own.

Keith is currently Chief Investigator for the Air Accidents Investigation Branch. He will be responsible for the initial setting up of HSIB by 1 April 2017 and for its ongoing leadership.

HSIB will operate as an independent unit with financial governance from NHS Improvement.

Our new clinical forum: helping us support the NHS to improve

We've created a new clinical forum made up of medical directors and directors of nursing from across the NHS including acute, specialist, community, ambulance and mental health providers, to help us support the NHS to make sustainable improvements. 

The forum meets every three months and will advise our Executive Medical Director and Executive Director of Nursing on the clinical issues facing providers, as well as providing feedback on our policies and proposals. 

Supporting information for Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) CQUIN

We’ve been working with NHS England and Public Health England (PHE) to support the delivery of the national AMR CQUIN.  

In response to feedback received from providers and commissioners across the system, we’ve produced a support package to help you deliver this national CQUIN which includes:

  • FAQs providing supporting information and answers to your questions 
  • a spreadsheet for you to submit antibiotic consumption data (Part A)
  • a submission tool developed by PHE (and sample data collection form) to facilitate the submission of empiric review (Part B) of the AMR CQUIN to commissioners

Please email any questions about the data submission to  

Other healthcare updates

Patient Safety Congress and Awards, Manchester, 5-6 July 2016

If you’re going to this year’s congress make sure you pop by our stand to meet with members of our improvement and patient safety teams to find out how what our upcoming priorities are for the sector.

You can also hear from NHS Improvement colleagues Jim Mackey, Chief Executive and Ruth May, Executive Director of Nursing as well as a range of other speakers

Six principles for engaging people and communities

The People and Communities Board, one of the Five Year Forward View programme boards, has published Six principles for engaging people and communities. The principles offer a practical steer on developing the ‘new relationship with people and communities’ set out in the Five Year Forward View and will be useful for anyone engaged in transforming health and care.

Innovation from Industry: safety and flow in healthcare event, 12-14 July

Innovation from Industry is holding this three day event for senior leaders and improvement leads which will focus on different ways of thinking about where the NHS could look for ideas to improve healthcare quality and safety.

Find out more and register for the event. 

Annual flu programme update

DH, NHS England and Public Health England (PHE) have published the latest guidance to help NHS colleagues across the system to prepare for implementation of the flu vaccination programme and encourage vaccine uptake in patients and healthcare workers over the winter period.   

  • The annual flu letter: this describes the immunisation programme for 2016/17. The only addition this year is the offer of the live attenuated influenza vaccine to children of appropriate age for school year 3.  
  • The flu plan for winter 2016/17: this sets out a co-ordinated and evidence-based approach to planning for and responding to the demands of flu across England.  

Medical directors, please share these updates with your chief pharmacists.

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