Provider bulletin: 25 October 2017

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

For action

Join the 121 trusts working together to get the best deals

Knowing what other trusts are paying for the same products gives you greater purchasing power as you can collaborate, negotiate and save money. 

You now have until Thursday 30 November to raise a purchase order for your discounted licence for the Purchase Price Index and Benchmarking (PPIB) tool so you can take part in national online price comparison.

Find out how in our 6 September bulletin.

Help prepare your staff for a board role

There are just over two weeks left for women in senior leadership roles to apply for a tailor-made internship in a non-NHS industry.

We'll be at the Health and Care Women’s Leaders Network Conference on Wednesday 1 November to talk about this award and discuss the benefits of secondments. Register now to join us

Applications for the scheme close on Monday 13 November 2017.

For information

Our approach to patient safety

We want the NHS to be the safest healthcare system in the world. Find out how we are enabling and encouraging continuous learning and improvement to reduce the risk of harm to people while they use healthcare.

Use of Resources assessments now underway

We carried out the first Use of Resources assessment on 6 October and we'll assess all acute non-specialist trusts by the end of 2019. 

The Use of Resources framework was developed to help you evaluate how you’re using resources to deliver high quality, sustainable services to patients, and to identify opportunities to improve.

Find out more about the assessments in our new brief guide

Finance directors: corporate services data collection template this Monday

To help you understand your costs and potential efficiencies in the way you deliver your corporate services, we'll email you the request for 2016/17 data on Monday 30 October. You will have three weeks to complete this for all the seven corporate service functions including: finance, human resources, governance and risk, information management and technology, legal, payroll and procurement. 

The submission deadline is Friday 17 November.

Supporting how you evaluate learning from deaths policies: new video

The National Quality Board (NQB) guidance explains that you're required to publish your own learning from deaths policies. 

This video provides support about what information your policies should include. Further resources are also available on our website.


NHS Providers annual conference and exhibition

7 - 8 November 2017

The conference will examine how providers are responding to the pressures they face, focusing on themes of workforce, quality and money. We’ll be there with a number of speakers and an exhibition stand where you can find out more about our Model Hospital, and our new emergency flow improvement tool. Keep an eye out for our schedule of demonstrations on the stand. 

Jim Mackey will share his thoughts on where the provider sector is heading. Also speaking from NHS Improvement are Monique Duffy Brogan, Chief Pricing Officer and Luke Edwards, Director of Sector Development. 

Workshops: benefits of moving to a measurement for improvement approach

These workshops are for clinicians, analysts, improvement leads and decision-makers interested in making better use of data to improve patient care.

Find out more and sign up.

Conference: Infection Prevention & Control at Patient First

21 - 22 November

Excel London

Ruth May, our Executive Director of Nursing, will open this conference with an overview of the national agenda for Gram-negative blood stream infections.

Although the ticket price is £399 + VAT, Patient First has offered us a number of education grants for IPC leads and their teams to attend for one and/or two days for free using the code below.

Find out more and sign up now using the code NHSIMPR17 when prompted for payment.

For more information please email

Regional updates

Midlands and East update

Chairs networking event

Wednesday 1 November


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

London update

Chairs networking event

Friday 19 January


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

Updates from our partners

From the Department of Health (DH): implementing the ten data security standards recommended by the National Data Guardian

DH has shared the ten steps (PDF) that all health and care organisations will be expected to take in 2017/18 to demonstrate you are implementing the recommended data security standards, prior to a new assurance framework coming into place from April 2018.

From NHS England: webinar series launched to support leaders of large scale change

This free webinar programme is for all those working in health and care organisations who are facing large scale change challenges and are interested in developing related skills. 

From the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA): Mental Health Finance Conference

Wednesday 8 November


Professor Tim Kendall, National Clinical Director for Mental Health fro NHS England and NHS Improvement, will open this conference with an overview of the opportunities for mental health deriving from the development of STPs. The conference brings together expert speakers from throughout the NHS. It's a great opportunity to share knowledge and experience with NHS finance colleagues and learn from other practitioners in the field.

Other NHS Improvement speakers will provide an update on: our review into community and mental health trusts, building on the approach of the Carter report on operational productivity and performance in NHS acute hospitals.

You'll also hear how work on the national mental health improvement model is progressing, a collaborative project facilitated by NHS Improvement, which supports partners to improve services using a pathway approach.  

From the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC): English language requirements update

The NMC has published the outcome of its consultation alongside the changes to the English language policy and guidance. The changes will increase the options available to nurses and midwives to demonstrate their English language capability.

From the National Maternity and Perinatal Audit (NMPA): annual report launch

The NMPA will shortly publish its first clinical findings. You can hear to hear the results and recommendations of this evaluation of maternity services in England, Scotland and Wales by attending a free event on Thursday, 9 November 2017 at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in London.

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