Provider bulletin: 27 April 2016

In this edition: new resources for developing strategy; patient safety incident reporting and responding to alerts; transforming costing; STP data packs to include quarter 3 data; Aspiring Chief Executive Programme; challenges across finance roles and our first board meeting on YouTube.

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New resource to support you develop your local system’s strategy

We’ve developed a new guide ‘In it together: developing your local system strategy’ after meeting with health and social care leads across the country and hearing what the biggest challenges are for organisations developing and implementing strategies at the front line. 

Using your feedback, experiences, advice and guidance, we created ‘In it together’ for you to use alongside our strategy development toolkit. The booklet also provides insights from the service and signposts to recommended resources and case studies. It should be useful to all systems at any stage of working together.

Patient safety incident reporting and responding to alerts: clarification of processes

Having assumed the statutory patient safety functions previously delivered by NHS England, we wanted to clarify that as providers of NHS-funded care you should continue to follow the existing processes and policies to report incidents. The way you receive and act on national patient safety alerts will also remain the same.

If you have any questions then please email

Transforming costing: your questions answered

Following the publication of our costing guidance, which includes the draft healthcare costing standards, we’ve answered some of your frequently asked questions. We’ll publish answers to further questions on a regular basis as the costing transformation programme evolves.

If you have any questions then please email

Sustainability and transformation plan data packs to include quarter 3 data

As part of the support that we, NHS England, the Care Quality Commission and Public Health England are providing to sustainability and transformation plan (STP) footprints, we will be sending out a data pack to the leader of each STP.

Finance directors; please be aware that these data packs will include the quarter 3 2015/16 surplus/deficit results of providers and commissioners within each footprint.

Are you an aspiring chief executive?

Alongside NHS Leadership Academy and NHS Providers, we launched the first ‘Aspiring Chief Executive Programme’ in October 2015 after boards told us that not enough is being done to invest in developing the pipeline of potential senior leaders.

Following its success we’re now taking applications for the second programme. Through an open selection process, the programme will identify a group of 14 aspiring chief executives and offer them a demanding, assessed learning programme that is designed to ensure that they are ready for the job when the opportunity arises.

If you’re in an executive role and would like the challenge of being a chief executive, then read more about the programme and apply or alternatively share with anyone on your executive board whom you believe would make a strong candidate.

Applications close at 10am, Tuesday 3 May.

Finance directors and aspiring finance directors: what are the biggest challenges of your role?

We’re one of the organisations supporting the Future Focused Finance (FFF) programme and helping with a number of projects, which includes working with the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) to support aspiring, recently appointed and existing finance directors. 

Existing and aspiring finance leaders, please share the challenges that you are facing by completing our surveys. Your feedback will used to develop a sustainable programme to support you to achieve your maximum potential, and create a talent pool that will increase the number and improve the quality of applicants for future NHS finance leadership vacancies.   

The surveys should take no more than 10 minutes to complete: 

The deadline for completion is 5pm, Friday 13 May 2016.

If you have any questions about the surveys please contact

Sign up to our YouTube channel to watch our first board meeting

Our first NHS Improvement board meeting is taking place on Thursday 28 April and you’ll be able to watch a recording of the public session from Friday afternoon, 29 April.

To view this and follow other updates about our improvement work, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Events and webinars



We’re running a series of webinars on capitated/whole payment budgets for finance directors and managers. 

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