Provider bulletin: 26 September 2018

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


For action


Contribute your ideas, experiences and insights to the long-term plan for the NHS

The NHS is working on a plan setting out our ambitions for improvement over the next decade, and our plans to meet them over the five years of the new funding settlement. We are working with local and national system leaders and stakeholders to develop our plans and a vital part of this process is to find out what you think.


For information


Resources for nurses and allied health professionals (AHPs): Developing a clinically focused digital workforce

Our new resources are for nurses, AHPs and wider clinical staff to enhance the implementation of digital systems and support the development of digital and informatics career specialties. 

This includes a digital career framework, developed with engagement from Health Education England; NHS England; NHS Digital and the Royal College of Nursing, and a digital deployment toolkit.

Data on patient safety incident reporting and how we use incident reports to improve safety

We have published our latest bi-annual official statistics on patient safety incidents reported to the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) by each NHS trust between October 2017 and March 2018, and national patterns and trends on incident reporting between April 2017 and March 2018.

To show how we use these reports to identify and address ‘under-recognised’ safety issues between October 2017 and March 2018, we also published our fourth patient safety review and response report.

State of the nation report: implementing networked pathology services

Networked pathology arrangements lead to more responsive services, faster turnaround times for tests, better value and reduced unwarranted variation. They also support the future pathology workforce with professional skills development and collaboration between providers.

Last week, we published our ‘State of the nation’ report — an update on the first tranche of fully-operational pathology networks. We expect a third of all the networks to be fully-operational by the end of this financial year, and the rest to follow by 2021.

You can use our pathology networks toolkit if you need additional support in progressing your network.

Model Hospital new look and feel now live

Today we’ve launched the new look and feel of the Model Hospital, which includes new features and designs produced in collaboration with our user community — making the tool more intuitive and easier to use. We have also added support articles, videos and tips so anyone from board to ward can easily explore and compare productivity, quality and responsiveness data.

We’ll continue to evolve the tool in response to your ideas and feedback


Updates from our partners


Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)

The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 – new duty to refer

From 1 October you will need to ask any individual you think may be homeless, or threatened with homelessness, if they would like to be referred to a Local Housing Authority. The referral must include an individual’s contact details, consent, and the agreed reason for the referral.

Housing authorities are responsible for setting up local procedures for managing referrals, and have been asked by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to work with their partners on the protocols and procedures that will help to make new referral arrangements effective.  

Please check with your local authority partners that local arrangements are in place to meet requirements set out in this policy factsheet. Please contact Homelessness@dh.gsi.gov.uk if you have any questions.

NHS Providers/NHS Confederation

Survey into the role of non-executive directors (NEDs)

Henley Business School is conducting a survey supported by NHS Providers and NHS Confederation looking into the role of NEDs in the NHS.

Both executive and non-executive board members will be able to provide invaluable insight into the challenges of being a non-executive director in the NHS today, which will help to shape the role of NEDs in the future.

Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB)

New training videos for completing e-discharge summaries

Ahead of the upcoming NHS England deadline for implementing e-discharge summaries, the PRSB has released two new educational videos for clinicians to explain how they should be completed. The videos (an introduction and a training film) support plans to get trusts to start sharing discharge summaries digitally by the end of the year.


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