Provider bulletin: 12 April 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

NHS Improvement Chair vacancy

The Secretary of State for Health is seeking to appoint a Chair to our Board. The successful candidate will have:

  • experience in leading high-performing, large organisations, including through periods of significant change, along with the ability to operate in a highly complex, fast moving environment

  • the ability to facilitate, support and develop executive performance and have a demonstrable commitment to the needs of patients and the public

Find out more and apply by midday Wednesday 19 April 2017.

Applications for Aspiring Nurse Director programme now open

We’ve designed this programme with London South Bank University to help senior nurses develop their understanding of the executive nurse role, and broaden their skill set and knowledge.

The three programme modules include:

  • Developing personal resilience and influence

  • Nursing and midwifery professional leadership

  • Strategic leadership in healthcare

We welcome applications from experienced deputy directors of nursing or nurses/midwives in comparable positions who have the potential to become executive nurses within 12-18 months. 

Find out more and apply by midnight Tuesday 25 April 2017.

Insights into Transformational Change through System Leadership: applications now open

We’re inviting senior leaders of Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) to apply for our 2-day development programme that provides an intensive introduction to the key concepts, tools and techniques required to lead transformational change across health and care systems.


Find out more and apply by midnight Friday 19 May 2017.

For information

New consultant job planning guidance

Job planning is a professional as well as contractual obligation for consultants and employers. Regular reviews of the efficient and effective use of consultants’ time are critical during a period of rapid change in both medical technology and healthcare delivery systems. Our guide offers advice to ensure that your approach to consultant job planning is consistent with best practice.

Your boards will wish to be assured that local processes reflect this advice, and will note our emphasis on ensuring an annual job planning meeting takes place for all consultants. Your boards will also note the crucial role of adequate electronic data systems in recording consultant job plans.

Model Hospital updates

We’ve made some changes to the Model Hospital to give you more information and improve your experience. These include:

  • updating compartments and adding ‘pathology’ and ‘doctor productivity’ to the list

  • new features to help you navigate

  • a self-registration function so you can register new users

If you have any questions, please email

New video about risk of oxygen tubing being connected to air flowmeters

We’ve published this 2-minute video to support the recent Patient Safety Alert and to help you inform relevant teams/committees about the risk of harm from accidently connecting a patient’s oxygen tubing to a medical air supply.

Patient Safety Alert and resources to support safety of girls and women treated with valproate

We’ve issued a Patient Safety Alert with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to support the safety of girls and women who are being treated with valproate, usually for epilepsy or bipolar.

As unborn babies exposed to valproate are at very high risk of neurodevelopment disability and other birth defects, the alert highlights:

  • updated MHRA resources to support patients, GPs, pharmacists and specialists to ensure patients being prescribed valproate are aware of the risks

  • the need for effective contraception planning

  • the requirement for specialist oversight to safely change medication if a pregnancy is planned

Imaging project update from our Operational Productivity directorate

As part of our work to improve the quality and efficiency of imaging services, this project will: 

  • initially establish a clinically-led implementation board

  • work with the original Carter cohort of 46 acute non-specialist trusts to examine what data they have available, as well as trial the data

  • explore how this project can be rolled out to all trusts later this year

We’ll keep you updated on the progress of the board’s establishment and preliminary findings from the Carter cohort.

Women on Boards: 5050 by 2020

This is the first report to provide an in-depth look at data from across the NHS. It examines the steps the NHS needs to take to reach its target of gender parity on boards in less than three years’ time. It includes a foreword by our Chair, Ed Smith.


International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare 2017 – 26-28 April Excel, London

If you’re visiting the Forum this year, there are a number of ways you can find out about our work:

The Forum, hosted by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the British Medical Journal, is for healthcare professionals working in quality improvement and patient safety. 

Regional updates

Midlands and East update

Chairs networking event: Wednesday 26 April, Leicester

To register your attendance, please contact

Referral to treatment (RTT) masterclasses

Places are limited to two per trust, and we recommend you join both.

Email for further information.

North update

Chairs networking event: Thursday 4 May, Leeds

To find out more or to register your attendance, please contact

South update

Chairs networking event: Tuesday 6 June, Central London

Anne Eden, our South Executive Regional Managing Director, will provide a regional update followed by a Q&A session.

To register your attendance or find out more, please contact

London update

Chairs networking event: Friday 16 June, central London

Steve Russell, our London Executive Regional Managing Director, will provide a regional update followed by a Q&A session.

To register or find out more please email

Updates from our partners

From the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC): increased flexibility to overseas application process

From 6 April 2017, nurses and midwives making a new application can sit the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) a second time after ten days if they fail their first attempt. There will then be an opportunity to take the test a third time, waiting three months to allow for further preparation, all within the same application.  

From NHS England: demand and capacity training

The demand and capacity team is continuing its series of one day training events. These are intended as an introduction for delegates to ensure the principles and methodological approaches to demand and capacity modelling are understood and recognised by both commissioners and providers.

From the Department of Health (DH): consultation on litigation in maternity

This consultation about proposals to introduce a new ‘rapid resolution and redress’ scheme for maternity incidents aims to:

  • provide prompt support after incidents and long-term care packages for eligible families, adjustable to their child’s needs

  •  introduce standardised, robust investigations for all avoidable incidents to gather learning (looking for system level faults and not blaming individuals)

  •  better support clinicians after these events

  • enable learning from these incidents so harm can be reduced in future

Please respond by 11.45pm Friday 26 May 2017.

The consultation is accompanied by two independent research reports, one of which involves families affected by birth injury.

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