Provider bulletin: 26 July 2017

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

For action

Supporting you to learn from deaths that occur in your care

We've published a resource for non-executive directors and non-clinical executive directors explaining how to meet the requirements set out in the National Guidance on Learning from Deaths.

We've also published preventable incidents, survival and mortality (PRISM) materials to help you develop your approach to case record reviews. 

We're working with the Royal College of Physicians to offer training in structured judgement review methodology to two representatives from each provider using a 'train the trainer' approach. This is in line with NQB guidance which recommends that all providers take a consistent and evidence-based approach to reviewing case records of adults who have died in acute hospitals. Find out more and sign up.

Medical directors and directors of nursing, please share this information with relevant colleagues.

Costing regional forums

We're launching costing regional forums  with the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) to help you maximise how you use your costing information. The forums are for acute, mental health, community and ambulance services to share good practice in using costing information to improve operational effectiveness and support decisions.

Forum dates

  • Leeds Tuesday 29 August
  • London Wednesday August and Friday 1 September
  • Manchester Monday 4 September
  • Birmingham Monday 11 September
To confirm your place, or to find out more, please email

Sugar-sweetened beverages: voluntary sales reduction scheme

NHS England announced in April that following public consultation, the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages will be banned in shops on all NHS premises from July 2018, unless suppliers voluntarily take decisive action to cut their sales over the next 12 months.

Your organisation’s support is essential to helping us achieve this goal and we ask that you promote this scheme within your organisation.

Please promote this scheme within your organisation, and return, by cop 31 July 2017, the supplier commitment document included in this letter from us and NHS England, confirming your full list of supplier contracts by 31 July 2017.

For the attention of safeguarding staff: vulnerable missing person

Stansted police have asked all providers to check whether they have treated Janis Martinovas, 29. He was last seen arriving at Stanstead airport on Friday 7 July 2017 but did not board his intended flight.

If you have treated Janis since 7 July 2017 or if you have any further information on his whereabouts please call 0300 333 4444 quoting EP2017 - 0716 - 1195.

For information

The incidence and costs of inpatient falls in hospitals

The evidence from successful and sustainable falls prevention programmes suggests there are broadly five key factors in reducing the number of falls in hospital. See our report for further information on the scale of inpatient falls and the benefits to the NHS if the rate of falls is reduced.

Regional updates

Midlands and East update

Executive talent pool

We've designed this scheme to develop a diverse talent pool of individuals who can be appointed to executive-level posts in providers across the Midlands and East region, either on a stretch assignment or secondment basis.

Providers can submit their interim vacancies to fill and if you're working at an executive-level or ready to step up to executive-level, you can apply to join the pool. 

Chairs networking event: Wednesday 1 November, location tbc

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

North update

Chairs networking event: Thursday 14 September, 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

Seven day hospital services: Friday 15 September, Manchester

The event is for medical directors, managerial and clinical leads for seven day services, and workforce leads.

This letter provides an overview of the event and requests that you:

  • think about successes and challenges to share at the event
  • identify which of your colleagues you would like to attend, and email their name, designation and contact details to by cop Tuesday 15 August 2017

London update

Chairs networking event: Friday 29 September, central 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

Updates from our partners

From the Department of Health: National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

Please note the following changes to the 2015 Regulations:

  • mandate the use of the ‘flag’ on the patient record (from 21 August 2017)

  • exclude assisted conception services from the free services available to those who pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (from 21 August 2017)

  • introduce upfront charging of overseas visitors for non-urgent care (from 23 October 2017)

  • bring into scope charging of non-exempt patients by non-NHS providers of NHS-funded care and secondary and community care delivered outside a hospital setting (from 23 October 2017)

From Health Education England (HEE): how to become a GP

There has been an increase in the number of enquiries about how to become a GP from trainees across all specialties, consultant, trust and staff grade doctors. The GP National Recruitment Office website provides details on switching careers in these case studies and frequently asked questions

Please email if you would like to be put in contact with someone who has retrained as a GP.

The next training application round is now advertised on NHS Jobs, Oriel and Universal Jobmatch with applications open between 1 and 17 August.

From NHS England: Mesh Oversight Group - final report

For many women suffering the distressing effects of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP), vaginal mesh devices have provided an effective treatment. The campaigning by women who experienced complications from vaginal mesh surgery highlighted the need for better information, and a multi-disciplinary approach to caring for women. 

NHS England set up the Mesh Working Group to address these concerns and produced an interim report with recommendations in 2015. During 2016/17 the working group implemented the recommendations, and has now published a final report for provider medical directors and chief executives.

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