Provider bulletin: 14 December

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


New video explaining how patient safety incidents are recorded

Our Patient Safety team has produced this short animated film to explain how incidents recorded on the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) are used to develop the patient safety alerts we issue to raise awareness of risks to the safety of patients. The video is part of our work to encourage the recording of all incidents and to increase understanding of why reporting is vital to improving patient safety.

Please consider sharing the video across your organisation to support the reporting and learning culture.


For information


Providers’ first full segmentation now published

This first full segmentation follows the ‘shadow’ segmentation we published in October 2016 which provided an indicative outline of providers’ support needs.

From now on, once you have been informed by your regional lead at NHS Improvement, we will update our website as and when individual providers’ segments change in line with support needs.

National tariff consultation now concluded

Working with NHS England, we concluded the 2017/19 National Tariff consultation on Tuesday 6 December. Many organisations and individuals responded to the consultation and your time and effort is much appreciated. We are now analysing the consultation responses in detail. However, we can already confirm that the objection thresholds for the tariff have not been met. 

During the consultation, we also received feedback on tariff changes and allocations from some commissioners. These are currently being addressed by NHS England in a separate exercise.  

The finalised tariff will be published later this month, alongside the feedback we’ve received and objection rate numbers.

Supporting nurses from overseas to achieve their registration

In response to delays that providers raised in regards to obtaining registration for overseas nurses, our Executive Director of Nursing, Ruth May, shared a briefing paper with Jackie Smith, Chief Executive of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), highlighting three main areas of concern:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE)
  • Processing applications

This update briefly outlines the concerns raised and the NMC response.

If you would like more information or to raise a query, please email  Zoë Packman, our Head of Professional Development: zoepackman@nhs.net.

Regional updates


North update

Executive senior manager (ESM) approval process

If you are looking to hire at ESM level on an interim basis, please refer to the policy previously circulated and submit an application form to NHS Improvement.

If you have any queries about the policy or the application please email nhsi.agencyrules@nhs.net.

Chairs networking event: 19 January, Leeds

Midlands and East update

Supporting you to go #Red2Green this winter

In partnership with NHS England and NHS Elect, we have put together an online resource for Midlands and East trusts to implement Red2Green. This web page includes links to tools and resources that can help, and will be updated on a regular basis. 

To find out more about the programme please email delicia.egboh@nhs.net.

London update

Chairs networking event: 16 February, London

South update

Chairs networking event: 2 March, Reading


Updates from our partners


From NHS England: NHS Standard Contract 2017/18 and 2018/19 – National Variations

The National Variations for 2017-19 (for full length and shorter-form contracts), guidance and a simple National Variation Agreement template have been published on the NHS Standard Contract 2017/18 web page.

Email queries on using the contract to nhscb.contractshelp@nhs.net.

From the Royal College of Physicians (RCP): chief registrar launch

The RCP has launched its chief registrar recruitment campaign for 50 junior doctors to join the 2017/2018 cohort of the scheme. Continuing in frontline clinical practice, chief registrars carry out the role for 2 days per week and are responsible for bridging the gap between trainees and senior clinical decision makers, as well as improving patient care and service quality. The chief registrar scheme supports future leaders by equipping them with the skills, attitudes and behaviours to develop their medical career.

If your trust would like to recruit a chief registrar please register your interest by emailing future.hospital@rcplondon.ac.uk.

From the Florence Nightingale Foundation (FNF): 2017 annual conference masterclass programme announced

The seventh FNF annual conference and gala dinner will take place in London on 3 February 2017. The Conference is aimed at nurses, midwives and healthcare professionals, across all aspects of healthcare delivery, seeking to enhance their continuing professional development or continuing medical education.

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