Provider bulletin: 13 December 2017

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


For action


Rotas for doctors in training: new data collection

Medical directors and HR directors, our Executive Medical Director, Dr Kathy McLean, provides an update on data we'll be asking you to provide from January, to help improve the working lives of doctors in training by notifying them of new rotas in good time.

Survey: leadership arrangements for allied health professionals

As there is no current consensus regarding the most effective leadership structures for allied health professionals (AHPs) we have commissioned a survey from Kingston University and St George’s University of London to establish a snapshot of current senior professional leadership for AHPs within all providers. 

The evaluation will conclude in spring 2018 and the findings will provide an evidence base to support your work on quality and productivity by addressing two key questions:

  • what organisational leadership structures exist for AHP service provision, and what is the impact of them for quality and productivity of care delivery in NHS providers?
  • what are the characteristics, key skills and attributes of effective AHP leaders, and how are these gained through professional development during an AHP’s career?

Directors of nursing, please look out for an invitation to participate. 

If you would like to find out more please email E.Treadwell@sgul.kingston.ac.uk, Senior Lecturer, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Kingston University and St George’s, University of London. 

Together with NHS England, we're launching this refreshed online network as a safe space for NHS communicators to share information, good practice, views and resources. 

Email invitations to join CommsLink will be sent out from Thursday 14 December to Wednesday 20 December. If you don't receive one and would like to join, please email NHSI.CommsLink2@nhs.net.

Please forward this information to your director of communications.

Growing youth volunteering and social action across the NHS: #iwill campaign

We have teamed up with NHS England, the Prince of Wales’s #iwill campaign and the Pears Foundation to develop greater opportunities for more young people to make a difference in their communities.


For information


Seven day hospital services: sharing challenges and solutions

As part of our continuing support to help you ensure patients requiring emergency treatment receive high quality, consistent care every day of the week, we have published a summary of challenges and solutions shared by providers.

For more information about this publication, or about the support available, please email nhsi.medicaldirectorate@nhs.net


Regional updates


London update

Chairs networking event

Friday 19 January 2018, London

This event is for chairs to discuss issues and challenges and network. 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 keely.howard1@nhs.net.

North update

Develop internal capability and skills in demand and capacity modelling

This training programme will:

  • support your organisation to achieve delivery of reduced waiting times for patients
  • equip your staff to share demand and capacity knowledge at a local level

Chairs networking event

Friday 2 February 2018, Leeds

This event is for chairs to discuss issues and challenges and network. Lyn Simpson, our North Executive Regional Managing Director, will provide a regional update followed by a Q&A session. 

To register or find out more please email keely.howard1@nhs.net.

Midlands and East update

Chairs networking event

Wednesday 31 January 2018, Leicester

This event is for chairs to discuss issues and challenges and network. Dale Bywater, our Midlands & East Executive Regional Managing Director, will provide a regional update followed by a Q&A session. 

To register or find out more please email keely.howard1@nhs.net.


Updates from our partners


From the Department of Health (DH): Learning from Deaths – the National Health Service (Quality Accounts) (amendment) regulations 2017

In December 2016, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published its review of how providers respond to and learn from the deaths of their patients. 

As part of his response, the Secretary of State for Health announced new reporting arrangements for providers in relation to learning from deaths that occur in their organisation. These arrangements include the requirement for a new set of information to be published in all Quality Accounts (apart from ambulance trusts). 

Please note that following a recent legislative amendment this becomes a legal requirement from June 2018. 

Find out more about the new regulations and explanatory memorandum.

Find out more about NHS Improvement's programme to support learning from deaths.

From NHS England: Latest progress to offer people more choices in end of life care

NHS England has shared the latest updates from five areas around the country that are leading the way to offer personal health budgets to people in their last weeks and months of life. 

Following NHS England's announcement of the latest figures for the number of people benefiting from personal health budgets this year, this work supports the ambitions for palliative and end of life care and the government’s end of life choice commitments. There are ambitions for 50,000-100,000 people to benefit from a personal health budget or integrated personal budget by 2021.   


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