Provider bulletin: 1 February 2017

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

For action

Sir Peter Carr Award – applications now open

The Sir Peter Carr Award is a £30,000 award which will be made to a clinician and manager partnership (£15,000 each) to invest in their professional development over a year to support the delivery of a shared improvement objective. 

Both the winners and partnerships shortlisted for the award (up to five in total) will also receive access to support including mentoring, networks and opportunities to attend events during the year, such as the upcoming International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare.

Applications will need support from the trust's chief executive and trusts will be able to submit no more than one application. Applications opened on the 31 January 2017 and close 14 March 2017.

Transforming costing in acute, mental health and ambulance providers

As part of our costing transformation programme, we are publishing an important series of documents including:

  • patient-level information costing standards (PLICS) and guidance for acute providers - these will be implemented by over 80 volunteer providers, leading to a new collection in summer 2017
  • test versions of patient-level information costing standards for mental health and ambulance providers - these have been published for pilot implementation by a small number of trusts
  • in February we will also publish guidance for the reference cost collection 2017, to explain how this year’s reference cost collection will work alongside the new PLICS collections

Please work with your finance and informatics teams to understand what preparations are underway in your trust to implement these standards. To help you understand the new standards, we’ll be organising a series of events including implementation workshops and further training for costing teams. There are two webinars this Thursday 2 February that you can join to find out more about the acute standards or the ambulance and mental health standards.

For more information or to discuss any aspect of this programme please email

‘Allied Health Professions into Action’ - using AHPs to transform health, care and wellbeing

‘AHPs into Action’ is intended to inform and inspire AHPs, leaders and decision makers across the health and care system, offering:

  • a clear view of the transformative potential of AHPs
  • 53 examples of innovative AHP practice
  • a framework to help develop local delivery plans

It also defines how AHPs can support local Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) and implement actions to respond to the three priorities set out in the Five Year Forward View: driving improvements in health and wellbeing, restoring and maintaining financial balance, and delivering core quality standards.

Please share this document with leaders and AHPs in your organisation.

We’re offering:

  • advice and support to trusts in understanding the transformative potential of the AHP workforce and the services they deliver, including capitalising on opportunities and addressing challenges, to improve the way services are delivered for people and populations
  • support to strengthen AHP leadership within providers to enable the delivery of ‘AHPs into Action’

For further details please email Dr Joanne Fillingham, our Clinical Director for AHPs -

Experiencing improvement in healthcare conference – Wednesday 22 March, Birmingham

This conference will give heads of patient experience in providers an opportunity to learn from their peers and others about approaches which:

  • effectively utilise feedback from patients to identify priorities for quality and service improvement work

  • effectively utilise patient feedback in conjunction with performance and quality data to track the impact of quality and service improvement work

  • inform how to approach service and quality improvement work through the systematic involvement of people who use services

There will be contributions from Ellen Armistead – CQC Chief Nurse for Inspections, Dr Navina Evans - CEO of East London NHS Foundation Trust, together with a range of staff from trusts giving practical examples of the work they have done and are doing to integrate patient experience into the DNA of their organisations.   

This is a free-to-attend event and initially we’re offering one delegate ticket per trust to enable as many trusts as possible to attend.

For more information and to apply to attend please email

NHS Improvement and CQC consultation on use of resources assessments - engagement webinar 2pm Wednesday 8 February

This event will bring together interested stakeholders to discuss and help shape proposals currently being consulted on by NHS Improvement and CQC for assessing acute trusts’ use of resources. The webinar will open with an overview of the proposals, followed by a panel session with a range of NHS Improvement and CQC representatives from policy, operational productivity and strategic finance.

For information

Nationally contracted products programme

This programme – led by us and and delivered through NHS Supply Chain and NHS Business Services Authority – aims to reduce product and price variation on everyday hospital products by purchasing them on behalf of all providers. This programme capitalises on the scale of the NHS’ buying power in order to negotiate better prices on these everyday products which all hospitals use.

The website will be regularly updated as products come up for auction and when contracts have been awarded so that you can see which supplier has been awarded the contract and how much the NHS has saved.

For more information about the programme please email

Medical director engagement and learning events

Our Executive Medical Director, Dr Kathy McLean, and our regional medical directors recently hosted two engagement and learning events. Over 120 medical directors attended and had the opportunity to network, build peer-support relationships, discuss national priorities and common challenges, and share learning.

Based on feedback from delegates, we plan to run these national events twice a year with practical, issues based agendas. 

If you have any feedback on these events, or wish to share your thoughts and ideas for future events, please contact NHS Improvement’s Medical Directorate.

Regional updates

Midlands and East update

Chairs networking event: 26 April, Leicester

Please save the date – registration details coming soon.

Masterclass: Improving bank use and reducing agency spend – Friday 24 February

London update

Chairs networking event: 16 February, London

South update

Chairs networking event: 2 March, Reading

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