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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
New video about risk of oxygen tubing being connected to air flowmeters
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:
attend our half-day session from 1.30-5pm Wednesday 26 April - Developing cultures to improve patient safety and quality improvement in the English NHS
visit our exhibition stand to hear about our national quality and safety improvement programmes and how we're helping you to improve skill-building, leadership development and talent management
view our posters in the poster exhibition
hear our speakers Lucie Mussett and Elizabeth Beech talk about data, learning and improvement
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.
Midlands and East update
Chairs networking event: Wednesday 26 April, Leicester
Referral to treatment (RTT) masterclasses
- RTT and patient tracking lists: Wednesday 26 April, Leicester
- Review of RTT tools: Thursday 22 June, Leicester
Places are limited to two per trust, and we recommend you join both.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Chairs networking event: Thursday 4 May, Leeds
To find out more or to register your attendance, please contact email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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
independent research reports, one of which involves families affected by