In this edition:
Resubmit your activity plans and improvement trajectories
This is a provider-only activity return (of monthly profiles), and should be submitted via UNIFY2. For foundation trusts this will be different to previous submissions and further details on this collection will be available shortly in the news section of UNIFY2.
Your relationship team will be able to advise you on the national principles to follow to ensure that your final improvement trajectories are sufficiently ambitious and realistic, so please contact them with any questions.
Coroners’ inquests and your duties
In the meantime, please
read our note on the
current legislation and guidance which sets out your duties in relation
to coroners’ inquests.
Making choice work in mental health
We’ve heard from people who do not think that choice is working properly for some mental health services, so we’ve published advice for those who use these services, setting out their legal right to choose a provider and what to do if they feel their choice is being restricted.
We also wrote to commissioners, reminding them of their responsibility to make arrangements that enable patients to choose the provider that best meets their needs. In our advice for commissioners, we talk about the importance of setting up good processes, contracting and payment to ensure that people can obtain the treatment they need without undue delay. We also highlight the ways that choice can identify gaps in service provision and lead to commissioners making new arrangements with you.
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Build quality and efficiency improvement capability within your health system
You still have time to apply for our Quality, Service Improvement and Redesign (QSIR) College, which aims to support health systems to develop quality and efficiency improvement capability in order to build a sustainable local skills base from which to tackle the challenges identified in their sustainability and transformation plan (STP).
Patient safety alert on Kawasaki disease
We’ve released a patient safety alert via the central alerting
system (CAS) around the risk of
death and serious harm from failure to recognise acute coronary syndromes in
Kawasaki disease patients.
Events and webinars
We’re running a series of webinars on capitated/whole payment budgets for finance directors and managers.
Find out more and register for:
- Determining the budget, Wednesday 1 June, 1pm to 2pm
and loss sharing, Wednesday 6 July, 1pm to 2pm
Other healthcare updates
Updates from the Department of Health (DH)
Have your say on death certification reforms
Find out more about what DH is consulting on and respond by 15 June 2016.
Secretary of State message on the junior doctors’ contract
The 2016/17 NHS Choice Framework
Share this with your patients to explain:
- When they have choices about healthcare
- Where they can get more information to help them choose
- How to complain if they are not offered a choice
From Health Education England (HEE): places available on non-medical endoscopist (NME) training programme
HEE will accept applications from
suitably qualified health professionals (including nurses, radiographers and
operating department practitioners) to be put forward for the selection
process. The pilot is being independently evaluated.
From NHS England: could you help develop the rules for the new cancer diagnosis standard?
NHS England is looking for five local health economies to become early adoption ‘test sites’ for a new 28 day faster diagnosis standard for cancer. Test sites will help develop the rules for the new standard, and begin testing its implementation over the next year.
The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 13 May 2016.
If you’re interested in finding out more, please visit NHS England’s website or email email@example.com.
From PwC: NED programme of events
PwC has launched a free programme for NEDs covering a range of events and speakers including Ed Smith.
Chairs and board secretaries, please share this with any NEDs in your organisation who may be interested in the events.
To find out more or to sign up to any of the events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.