Provider bulletin: 26 May 2017

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


For action


Seven day self-assessment: submission deadline extended to midnight today

The deadline for submitting data for the 7 day services self-assessment tool (7DSAT) has passed but for trusts experiencing difficulties following the cyber-attack, NHS England has extended the deadline to midnight today, Friday 26 May. 

Access further details, resources, FAQs, and the submission portal here.

If you have any queries please email england.si-7ds-support@nhs.net or call 0870 840 8033.

Clinical learning event for directors of nursing - Wednesday 26 July London

Join us at this event which we're facilitating with the Royal College of Nursing.

You'll receive updates on a number of patient safety and patient care issues and Ruth May, our Executive Director of Nursing, will provide a national update. 

Find out more and book your place. 

2016/17 pathology data collection

As part of the next phase of our programme to improve pathology efficiency in the NHS, we need to collect all trust data for 2016/17. We’ve listened to your feedback and have made this year’s collection simpler by upgrading the submission form to an online format.

We're also holding regional workshops in June to support you through this process.

Please submit your data by 5pm Tuesday 20 June 2017.

Find out more 

/resources/2016-17-pathology-data-collection-guidance/

and sign up for a workshop.

Annual performance reviews of chief executives

NHS trust chairs, please read this letter from Jim Mackey about performance returns for your chief executives.

Please complete and email your appendix one template to nhsi.vsmcases@nhs.net by 5pm Friday 23 June. 

Please email any queries to our trust resourcing team at nhsi.vsmcases@nhs.net

Expert panels: do you want to represent your provider?

We're putting together expert panels across the seven corporate services functionsand would like you to get involved. 

The panels will help us improve our data collection through consistent definitions of the data, and ensure that our future metrics and benchmarks are consistent, comparable and robust so that we can understand what a good corporate service looks like. 

Responsibilities

We anticipate the panels will meet every quarter but but potentially more regularly as we set up.. 

You'll also work closely with the Model Hospital team to ensure that the data we’re collecting is presented clearly and accurately so trusts and STPs can identify opportunities to improve.

Find out more and get involved.

The Q Community: latest round of applications now open

The Q community is now inviting people based in Wales, Wessex, Greater Manchester, Kent, Surrey and Sussex, and the East of England to apply to become a member.

Q is a community connecting a diverse range of people with health and care improvement expertise from across the UK, including frontline health and social care staff, patient leaders, managers, commissioners, researchers, policymakers, and others. The initiative is led by The Health Foundation and supported and co-funded by us.

Find out more and apply to join by 23:59 Monday 12 June.

Employment support scheme: get involved

The Francis Freedom to Speak Up review made a recommendation that we establish a support scheme for NHS workers and former workers who are having difficulty finding NHS employment as a result of having made protected disclosures. 

Francis advised that the scheme should include:

  • training or work experience and advice and assistance on employment applications for former whistleblowers
  • setting up and providing guidance for a pool of NHS employers prepared to offer trial employment

Following a workshop with whistleblowers earlier in the spring, we're now developing a pilot scheme with representatives from the whistleblower community and NHS Employers. 

If you're interested in becoming involved please email nhsi.vsmcases@nhs.net.


For information


Secondary Uses Service (SUS) update

The Secondary Uses Service (SUS) is the single, comprehensive repository for healthcare data in England which enables a range of reporting and analyses to support the NHS in the delivery of healthcare services. In April 2017 NHS Digital replaced SUS with SUS+.

Working with NHS England and NHS Digital we've produced this document which explains how you should manage any financial impact of this transition.

Elective care: guidance and training

This guide is for NHS staff involved in the delivery of acute elective care who want to understand how best to manage and deliver referral to treatment (RTT) pathways and standards.

This elective care e-learning programme aims to provide teams with the knowledge and guidance needed to help them manage elective care processes and standards at key stages along the patient pathway.

Criteria led discharge masterclasses: hold the date

Our Nursing Directorate is planning a programme of work to support you to improve patient flow by increasing the number of patients who are being discharged by a nurse or therapist using a criteria led discharge process.

This programme will begin with two masterclasses exploring barriers and enablers to criteria led discharge. The masterclasses will provide an opportunity to learn from experts in the field and NHS organisations who have implemented different approaches to criteria led discharge.

We'll be also be sharing an overview of improvement skills, with the additional option for attendees to join a 90 day improvement collaborative supported by NHS Improvement starting in August 2017.

Please hold these dates.

09:30-16:00, Friday 30 June 2017 – London (venue to be confirmed)

09:30-16:00, Friday 7 July 2017 – Birmingham (venue to be confirmed)

We'll provide details on how you can register shortly. 

NHS efficiency map updated

We've updated the NHS efficiency map with a new case study on theatre management savings from the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

The map brings together efficiency guidance, tools and examples to help provider finance teams produce cost improvement plans.


Regional updates


Midlands and East update

NExT Director Scheme

We’ve designed the NExT Director scheme to help find and support the next generation of talent, with the Midlands and East region focusing on supporting women. 

Do you know someone who you think has what it takes to be a non-executive director in the NHS and has the motivation to commit to a placement as a NExT Director?

Could you and your organisation take part in the scheme by hosting a NExT Director placement?

Find out more and get involved.

Chief executives networking event: Wednesday 21 June, Leicester

This event will feature a range of speakers and topics for discussion.

Please save the date - registration details coming soon.

Masterclass - review of referral to treatment (RTT) tools: Thursday 22 June, Leicester

Places are limited to two per trust and we recommend you use both of the allocated spaces. 

Sign up here or email delicia.egboh@nhs.net for further information.

Chief operating officer networking event: Tuesday 4 July, Leicester


North update

Mental health and learning disability event: Friday 23 June, Leeds

This event aims to support the continuing improvement of mental health and learning disability services across the North by bringing together many of the key individuals and teams responsible for the management, delivery and improvement of these services.

Jim Mackey, our Chief Executive, is confirmed as a guest speaker.

To register, please email keely.howard1@nhs.net.

South update

Chairs networking event: Tuesday 6 June, central London

Anne Eden, our South Executive Regional Managing Director, will provide a regional update followed by a Q&A session.

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

London update

NExT Director scheme

We’ve designed the NExT Director scheme to help find and support the next generation of talent, with the London region focusing on supporting people from local BAME communities. 

Do you know someone who you think has what it takes to be a non-executive director in the NHS and has the motivation to commit to a placement as a NExT Director?

Could you and your organisation take part in the scheme by hosting a NExT Director placement?

Find out more and get involved.

Chairs networking event: Friday 16 June, central London

Steve Russell, our London Executive Regional Managing Director, will provide a regional update followed by a Q&A session.

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

Diagnostics optimisation action learning event - radiology: Thursday 29 June, central London

This event is aimed at radiology clinical leads, radiology managers, CT, MRI and US superintendents, cancer programme managers, vanguard diagnostic leads.

Find out more and sign up.


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