Provider bulletin: 28 September 2016

This fortnightly newsletter is sent to NHS trust and foundation trust chairs, chief executives, finance, medical and nursing directors, and foundation trust board secretaries.

NHS shared planning guidance and proposed national tariff prices

We and NHS England have published this year’s NHS Operational Planning and contracting Planning Guidance three months earlier to help you plan ahead. For the first time, the planning guidance covers two financial years, to provide greater stability and support transformation.

Please note: NHS England updated the guidance on 28 September with the following:

  • the date for providers to respond to initial offers should read 11 November rather than 4 November
  • the submission of summary level 2017/18 to 2018/19 operational financial plans now says ‘Commissioners only’ in brackets

Technical Guidance for NHS planning 2017/18 and 2018/19 is also available to help you navigate the main document.

We’ve also published the proposed planning prices for 2017/18 and 2018/19. We’ll launch a consultation on the prices later in the year.

This explanatory note on the proposed national tariff prices, including how the planning prices differ from the relative prices released with the last national tariff and how we anticipate prices may change further, is also available.

Safe, sustainable and productive staffing: case studies

We've published a set of case studies exploring how providers and commissioners are finding innovative ways to ensure safe and sustainable staffing.

We’ll be sharing more case studies and we are keen to hear from you if you have any examples of improvement projects focused on safe staffing. Please contact if you have projects to share.

We’re also working with academics and other organisations such as the Royal College of Nursing and Royal College of Midwives to develop more safe staffing resources.

From October, we’ll begin to engage more widely with you through meetings and events, in addition to meetings with commissioners and professional bodies, to make sure our draft resources are fit for purpose.

Staff influenza vaccination

Medical and nursing directors, we want to support you in encouraging staff to have the flu vaccination.

We wrote to you last week to signpost you to NHS Employers’ digital resources and case studies which can help you with your campaigns.

We also drew your attention to the different payments your trust may be eligible for if you achieve a staff vaccine uptake of at least 65%.

If you require any specific support with plans on staff vaccination or any other winter arrangements, please contact your NHS Improvement regional relationship manager.

Operational Productivity data template

We’ll be updating the corporate services Operational Productivity data template tomorrow after we had questions from you asking how to fill in the template which we sent you on 23 September. Some trusts also pointed out errors in the template’s macros.

We’ll be sending you an updated template on Thursday 29 September.

We’ve also answered some of the FAQs we’ve had regarding the template.  

Top ten ways to find savings and cost improvements

We’ve put together the top ten ways to help you make savings and cost improvements. These were discovered by the 16 trusts working on the Financial Improvement Programme we launched in May.

Keeping people safer: event on 20 October

Join us at this interactive partnership event, hosted by NHS Improvement, The King’s Fund and Sign up to Safety, on 20 October at The King’s Fund, London.

You’ll have the opportunity to participate in structured conversations covering frontline improvement stories, governance and safety, and the patient’s role in safety, and we’ll be asking you to discuss the critical issues of keeping people safe.

Speakers include:

  •  Professor Don Berwick, President Emertius and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvemen
  •  Dr Mike Durkin, NHS National Director of Patient Safety, NHS Improvement
  • Dr Suzette Woodward, Sign up to Safety

Other events and webinars

Induction day for provider chairs and chief executives: 20 October, London

If you’re a newly appointed chair or chief executive for an NHS trust or foundation trust, join our induction day for an overview of our role as well as opportunities to network and build relationships with peers.

Capitated / whole population budget webinars

Join us and NHS England for the latest in this series of webinars on capitated / whole population budgets.

Pay for performance, 21 October, 12.20 - 1.30pm

Hear an overview of the national approach on pay for performance, learn more about linking payment to outcome measures and hear from a site that is making progress with pay for performance.

Leaders in Healthcare: 31 October – 2 November, Liverpool

Visit our stand at ‘Leaders in Healthcare’ to discuss our work with the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management on the National Improvement and Leadership Development Strategic Framework. Jim Mackey will speak on the role of clinical leadership in high performing trusts and our Executive Medical Director Kathy McLean will also speak.

Find out more and register now (discounts are available).

Midlands and East Chairs Networking Event: 17 November, Leicester

This event is for provider chairs to discuss issues and challenges. Dale Bywater, our Midlands and East Executive Regional Managing Director, will also give an update on what’s happening in the region.

If you wish to find out more or register, please email our Non-Executive Development Manager, Keely Howard.

London Chairs Networking Event: 8 December, London

This event is for all provider chairs to hear a regional update from Steve Russell, our London Executive Regional Managing Director. There will also be time to network with your peers and share learning and best practice.

If you wish to find out more or register, please email our Non-Executive Development Manager Keely Howard.

Other healthcare updates

From Private Healthcare Information Network: Meeting CMA legal requirements

All trusts providing privately-funded care should now be submitting data to the Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) as part of legal duties set out by the Competition and Markets Authority.

To find out how to engage and meet compliance with these legal obligations, please email PHIN at or read their online manual for hospitals

From NHS England: guide for teams developing Sustainability and Transformation Plans

NHS England has published a guide for teams developing Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) on how to best engage with patients and the public.

It also covers legal duties around engagement and consultation and will also be of interest to communication and engagement leads for STPs and footprint leaders.

From NHS England: transformation of seven day clinical pharmacy services in acute hospitals

NHS England has published a report on the benefits for patients and the NHS of seven day hospital clinical pharmacy services.

The report includes 13 key recommendations of how clinical pharmacy services in hospitals can be strengthened – particularly at the weekends – to benefit patients.

From NHS England: Managing conflicts of interest in the NHS – consultation

We’ve been working with NHS England and a group of experts (as part of a Task and Finish Group) to look at the issues around how conflicts of interest can be managed.

To test the group’s thinking, NHS England wants to hear what you think about the proposal.

From NHS England: NHS Standard Contract - consultation

NHS England wants to hear your feedback on their draft NHS Standard Contract for 2017/18 and 2018/19.

Comments on the proposal should be sent to by 21 October 2016.

From NHS England: guide to support local health and social care systems on discharge to assess models

A new guide has been published to support acute and community providers in reducing the time people spend in hospital once their acute care has ended and, where possible, support people to return to their home.

NHS England is also hosting a series of open day events where you can find out more about the examples of discharge to assess described in the guide.

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