Provider bulletin: 9 August 2017

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


For action

Updates to the Single Oversight Framework: share your views

We're updating the Single Oversight Framework (SOF) to reflect your feedback, changes in national policy priorities and developments in our oversight approach. 

This is your opportunity to tell us what you think of our proposed updates and whether they are clear, reasonable and practicable. 

We're not proposing any changes to the underlying framework itself, ie the five themes under which we assess performance, the approach to monitoring, identifying and responding to support needs and the segmentation of providers.

In the draft 2017/18 version we have:

  • edited and revised the format and presentation of the framework
  • made a small number of changes to the information and metrics we use to assess providers’ performance under each theme, and to the indicators that suggest that additional support may be required

Find out more and feed back by midnight, Monday 18 September.

Very Senior Manager (VSM) update

The Department of Health has published new guidance on re-employing staff who have retired and are receiving NHS pension scheme benefits. Please note how this impacts your organisation.

NHS trusts: where the applicant is a VSM and their post-retirement salary is £142,500 or over (when calculated on a full-time basis) the pay of re-appointments require ministerial approval. NHS trusts should refer to paragraph seven of our Guidance on senior appointments where chief executives or executive directors are seeking reappointment after taking pension benefits.

NHS foundation trusts: where the applicant is a VSM and their post retirement salary is £142,500 or over (when calculated on a full-time basis) the pay of re-appointments requires ministerial opinion.  


For information


Use of Resources assessments to start this September

We’ve been working with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to develop an assessment of providers’ use of resources (in line with the Secretary of State for Health’s request in June 2015).

Following a period of consultation, sector wide feedback, and testing, we’ve developed the Use of Resources (UoR) assessment framework. This will help you evaluate how you’re using resources to deliver high quality, sustainable services to patients, including where there are opportunities to improve.

In alignment with the CQC’s inspection timetable, we’ll begin the first wave of assessments with a selection of non-specialist acute trusts in September 2017. We’ll let you know in the next week if you’re part of this first wave.

If you've any questions about the UoR assessment, please refer to the UoR assessment framework document or email NHSI.UoRenquiries@nhs.net.

‘Getting It Right First Time’ (GIRFT) programme – general surgery report

This report found that reducing unwarranted variations between hospitals in areas such as effective procedures, length of stay, infection rates and procurement costs will improve patient outcomes and help the NHS save £160 million in efficiencies each year. The report was chaired by Professor Tim Briggs, GIRFT programme Chairman, and led by Colorectal Surgeon Mr John Abercrombie, and makes a number of key recommendations for hospital trusts to follow.


Events


Seven day hospital services: September events

We're running a series of events for people working on the seven day hospital services programme to share and learn from colleagues across their region. You'll hear about latest developments in the national programme from Dr Kathy McLean, our Executive Medical Director, and from senior clinicians and leaders who have led the implementation of seven day hospital services within their trusts.

The events are for senior clinicians and managers involved in the operational delivery of seven day hospital services within providers and system stakeholders.

North region: Manchester, Friday 15 September

Sign up or email linda.todd7@nhs.net to find out more.

Midlands and East region: Birmingham, Wednesday 13 September

Sign up or email ian.hall9@nhs.net or m.tarplee@nhs.net to find out more.

Midlands and East region: Cambridge, Wednesday 27 September

Sign up or email ian.hall9@nhs.net or m.tarplee@nhs.net to find out more.

South region: London, Thursday 7 September

Sign up or email sue.barrow@nhs.net or sue.cottle@nhs.net to find out more.

London region: London, Thursday 21 September

Sign up or email fran.davies1@nhs.net or r.pike1@nhs.net to find out more

Join TEDxNHS livestream on Tuesday 15 August

We're supporting this NHS event which has a theme of ‘inspired by people’ and will celebrate the ideas and experiences of colleagues and patients. It will feature stories on rising to the challenge, learning from failure, empowering the mind and embracing the unknown.

The event is full but if you'd like to give your staff an opportunity to benefit from this unique experience, please sign up via http://www.tedxnhs.com/livestream/ to receive a simple guide and link to access the livestream. 

Find out more about TEDxNHS and subscribe for updates with an @NHS.net or @NHS.uk email address. 

NHS demand and capacity training events

The latest round of these introductory events is running until December 2017 and will introduce you to the principles and methodological approaches of demand and capacity.

Regional updates


Midlands and East update

Chairs networking event: Wednesday 1 November, location tbc

This event is for chairs to discuss issues and challenges and network. Dale Bywater, our Midlands & East Executive Regional Managing Director, will provide a regional update followed by a Q&A session.

To register or find out more please email keely.howard1@nhs.net.

North update

Chairs networking event: Thursday 14 September, Leeds

This event is for chairs to discuss issues and challenges and network. Lyn Simpson, our North Executive Regional Managing Director, will provide a regional update followed by a Q&A session.

To register or find out more please email keely.howard1@nhs.net.

London update

Chairs networking event: Friday 29 September, central London

This event is for chairs to discuss issues and challenges and network. 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 keely.howard1@nhs.net.


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