- How can seven day services
- Improvement conference, 14
- Financial Improvement
- Draft guidance on good
governance across local health economies
- How to make NHS mergers work
better for patients
- Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch update
- Would you like to help
develop digital services for outpatients?
- Transformational change
through system leadership (TCSL)
- Non-executive roles
- 2015/16 acute patient-level
costing data collection
- Events and webinars
- Out and about
- Other healthcare updates
How can seven day services benefit patients?
Provider chief executives and medical directors received a letter on 23 May from our Executive Medical Director, Dr Kathy McLean, which sets out our expectations on implementing seven day services, particularly in light of ongoing planning work and your role in developing Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs).
The ‘NHS Services, Seven Days a Week Forum’, chaired by Prof Sir Bruce Keogh, set out ten clinical standards to improve the quality of care and which define what seven day services should achieve for patients admitted to hospital in an emergency. Four of these are priority standards which must be fully implemented by 2020/21.
We’ve published a series of resources which explain how seven day services can benefit patients and includes examples of seven day services working now in the NHS.
We’ve previously asked for your support in establishing a robust baseline for the four priority standards and thank you for your continuous work in helping to achieve this.
Improvement conference, 14 July 2016 – save the date
On 14 July, we’ll be holding a conference in central London where our Faculty of Improvement will launch an approach to sharing improvement good practice.
We’ll send you an invitation with more details shortly; in the meantime please keep the date free.
Financial Improvement Programme launch
We've launched the Financial Improvement Programme (FIP) to offer intensive financial support to trusts and help them make difficult savings. We’ve chosen the 16 trusts on the basis of where we think intensive support will have the most impact, and we will bring more providers into the programme as part of a second wave later in the year.
The programme follows recommendations from the Carter review and shares innovative approaches, tools and lessons learnt with the NHS.
Have your say: draft guidance on good governance across local health economies
An important route to better outcomes for patients is for providers to collaborate across local health economies (LHEs) to improve the quality and sustainability of services, as set out in the Five Year Forward View.
We’ve published new draft guidance which sets out what we expect as a matter of good governance for providers working in an LHE context, for example when developing or implementing your STP.
How to make NHS mergers work better for patients: advice from your colleagues
Many NHS providers are considering merging in pursuit of better integrated, higher quality and more cost effective care.
We’ve published a series of resources based on advice from senior executives and clinicians with experience of planning and implementing mergers to help you decide whether a merger is the right choice to deliver improvements for patients, and if so how to ensure it is successful.
Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch update
An expert advisory group, chaired by NHS National Director of Patient Safety, Dr Mike Durkin, has published a report making a series of recommendations to the government on the scope and the principles of the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB).
As announced by Jeremy Hunt last year, the patient safety investigation function will offer support and guidance to NHS organisations on investigations, and carry out certain investigations itself to support learning and improvement.
Recruitment is also underway for a chief investigator to lead the Branch.
Would you like to help develop digital services for outpatients?
Jim Mackey wrote to chief executives last week inviting you to be involved with our improvement team in developing digital services for outpatients.
Transformational change through system leadership (TCSL)
Are you part of a senior team, within a healthcare system, that is actively engaged in delivering system-wide transformational change?
Our TCSL programme offers teams the opportunity to build personal and team capabilities in transformational change and is based on proven concepts, tools and techniques you need when working within complex healthcare environments. It covers a wide range of topics and allows you to put theory into practice.
Are you interested in taking up a non-executive role?
The acute patient-level costing data collection 2015/16 opens in August
We're looking for more providers than ever to submit patient-level costing data to our voluntary collection this year, using our Approved costing guidance and the HFMA acute clinical costing standards.
If your trust participates, we’ll give you detailed feedback and analysis of your data, and you’ll have access to a bespoke benchmarking tool which now offers greater depth of analysis and a wider range of metrics for you to use when comparing cost and activity data against other providers.
Submitting to this voluntary collection is a valuable way for you to help implement the forthcoming standards. This year's collection window runs from 1 August to 31 October 2016 so register your interest now.
Events and webinars
This webinar is aimed at colleagues who work with the national tariff and need to understand how prices are developed.
We’re running a series of webinars on capitated/whole payment budgets for finance directors and managers.
Find out more and register for:
the budget, Wednesday 1 June, 1pm to 2pm
and loss sharing, Wednesday 6 July, 1pm to 2pm
Out and about: other events where you can find us
NHS Confederation annual conference: 15-17 June, Manchester
We’ll be at this conference next month where you can hear our speakers addressing a range of topics including:
- Adam Sewell-Jones,
Executive Director of Improvement, talking about the sustainable transformation
- Suzie Bailey, Director
of Development, talking about how to transform organisational effectiveness
- Jim Mackey, Chief Executive, in a keynote speech on NHS Improvement
You can also visit us at our stand, which we’re sharing with the Care Quality Commission, to find out more about our current projects.
Health+Care show: 29-30 June, London
We’re hosting a theatre space at this event which focuses on integrated care and is aimed at NHS providers. We’ll be running sessions on our culture and leadership work, and you can find out more about how we’re developing the payment system to support integration.
Other healthcare updates
From HSCIC: secondary uses service consultation
The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) is developing a replacement for Secondary Uses Service (SUS) which is scheduled for release in April 2017 and will be called SUS+.
The new service should aim to:
- deliver existing
functionality with greater efficiency and transparency
- enable the development
of extended functionality
- improve experience for
As this change in service will impact the majority of NHS providers, HSCIC is giving you the opportunity to feed back and help shape the future of this service.
From NHS Providers: Volunteers’ week, 1-12 June
NHS Providers is raising awareness of the role and importance of NHS governors who give their time voluntarily to achieve good governance within foundation trusts.