Update to guidance on IR35, agency and locum rules
Following feedback from nurses about our latest agency rules on substantive staff, until further notice we're pausing our instruction that you should ensure staff employed through an agency are not substantively employed elsewhere in the NHS.
This new rule will not start from 1 April 2017 and your normal processes can remain in place.
Due to HMRC regulations, the IR35 rules remain in
place and applied from 1 April 2017.
Changes to support arrangements for NHS Safety Thermometer
As of 1 April, the NHS Safety Thermometer is managed on our behalf by NHS South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit (SCW). SCW has taken over responsibilities for supporting the ‘classic’ data set previously managed by NHS Digital.
For support, email email@example.com or call 0300 123 6260.
SCW will launch enhancements
to the web tool and data submission process in the near future.
Midlands and East update
Chairs networking event: Wednesday 26 April, Leicester
Referral to treatment (RTT) masterclasses
- RTT and patient tracking lists: Wednesday 26 April, Leicester
- Review of RTT tools: Thursday 22 June, Leicester
Places are limited to two per trust, and we recommend you join both.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Chairs networking event: Thursday 4 May, Leeds
To find out more or to register your attendance, please contact email@example.com
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 register your attendance or find out more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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 register or find out more please email email@example.com.
Updates from our partners
Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) begins operating
The HSIB will investigate up to 30 safety incidents every year to provide safety recommendations and share learnings.
From the Department of Health (DH): General ophthalmic service fees and voucher values
From 1 April there is no change to the current hospital eye service maximum charge and optical voucher values. Both remain at the same level as 2016/17.
From DH: independent reconfiguration panel (IRP) vacancies – three managerial members
The IRP provides independent expert advice to the Secretary of State on disputed proposals for changes to clinical services in the NHS in England.
Members will assist in providing formal advice to the Secretary of State and advice and support to the NHS, local authorities and other interested parties, and will develop and disseminate good practice.
From DH: NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA)
This new, independent organisation is dedicated to tackling fraud, bribery and corruption within the health service in England.
The NHSCFA is starting in shadow form from 1 April 2017 and will be established as an independent special health authority from July 2017. It replaces NHS Protect.