Provider bulletin: 4 January

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

For action

Interactive workshop: tell us what you think of our new website

Join us at our interactive workshop and provide feedback on our new website, developed to make it easier for you to access ideas, learnings and resources from others, and to share your own. The new features include:

  • a hub for improvement offers
  • new features and functionality designed to enable greater collaboration 
  • re-designed website pages 
  • changes to help you search for information more easily and with greater security

We’re holding the workshop on Tuesday, 17 January between 10am-1.30pm at our offices in London. We’ll capture all your comments and feedback to ensure the site is as comprehensive as possible. 

If you’d like the opportunity to help shape this platform then please email Andrew Lewis, to register your interest.

Webinar - safe staffing

24 January, 10:30-11:30am

Join this webinar for a discussion of our draft improvement resource on safe, sustainable and productive staffing for adult inpatient wards in acute hospitals.

Regional updates

North update

Chairs networking event: 19 January, Leeds

Midlands and East update

Webinar - meeting the agency spending challenge

17 January, 11:30am-12:30pm

This webinar is aimed at providers in the midlands and east region.

London update

Chairs networking event: 16 February, London

South update

Chairs networking event: 2 March, Reading

Updates from our partners

From NHS England: NHS Standard Contract 2017/19 - sub-contracts

The NHS sub-contracts for 2017-19 and guidance have been published here. The changes have been summarised in section 3 of the NHS Standard Contract Technical Guidance and in the summary of key changes document.

Please email queries on using the sub-contracts to

From NHS England: free online improvement course

NHS England is running a new free online course in the principles of health and care improvement and delivered in the form of learning resources.

Please email any queries to

From the Department of Health (DH): central alerting system (CAS) guidance on the use of antiviral medicines

DH is encouraging medical directors to share with staff this CAS alert which provides advice on the prescribing and supply of antiviral medicines for the prevention and treatment of influenza with staff. The advice recommends that it is appropriate for antiviral medicines to be prescribed for people presenting with flu-like illness in line with regulations that govern the prescribing and supply of antiviral medicines in the community and current NICE guidance.

From DH: cost recovery support team (CRST) - vacancies

DH’s visitor and migrant NHS cost recovery programme is recruiting to form a CRST, a small group of highly-experienced and skilled NHS staff who will give NHS providers with on and off-site bespoke and intensive support to improve their overseas visitor identification and cost recovery processes. Further details on the three vacancies:

From NHS Digital: National Data Services for Development (NDSD) programme - ‘Where we are now’ events

The NDSD programme is hosting events in London on 7 February and in Leeds on 10 February to provide delegates with an opportunity to hear about the progress made as well as help shape the future systems and services so they meet your requirements.

Find out more and sign up to London or Leeds

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