Provider bulletin: 9 November

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


For action


What do you think of our 2017/18 and 2018/19 national tariff proposals?

We’ve now published the final set of documents that make up the full consultation for the 2017/18 and 2018/19 national tariff.

Please read the documents and tell us what you think by using the online response form. The consultation closes on 6 December 2016.

If you would like to sign up for national tariff updates, please register here.

Mental health payment options

To support the objectives outlined in the Five Year Forward View and the proposed 2017/19 local pricing requirements for mental health, alongside NHS England we are proposing that mental health providers and commissioners adopt transparent and robust payment approaches linked to outcomes. This includes the use of either a capitated or episodic payment approach.

To help deliver this, we’ve published two detailed guidance documents to support providers and commissioners develop either a capitated or an episodic payment approach for mental health. We have also published technical guidance on how providers and commissioners can link locally agreed quality and outcome measures to payment. 

These new payment approaches can help providers and their local health economies to better understand what care service users need and how best to deliver those services in the most effective, efficient and patient-centred way possible.

Patient safety alert: risk of death and severe harm from error with injectable phenytoin

We’ve issued a patient safety alert to support you in reducing the risk of harm to patients when prescribing, preparing, administering and monitoring injectable phenytoin. 

The alert asks if there’s anything more you can do to reduce the risk of error by strengthening local guidance and training.


For information


Helping to raise parents’ awareness of sepsis

The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, is launching a national campaign around diagnosis of sepsis in young children later this month which is expected to run until February 2017.

The campaign will support earlier diagnosis of sepsis by improving knowledge of sepsis and its symptoms, and when parents and carers of children aged 0-4 should seek urgent healthcare advice, directing them to 999 and A&E if they have concerns.

You can get involved and support the campaign by distributing the messages and campaign resources, (eg posters), in areas where young children and their carers are present, available from the Public Health England sepsis website.

How are we working to improve outcomes and reduce the incidence of deterioration in acutely ill children?

Earlier this year we published a safe system framework for recognising and responding to children at risk of deterioration as part of a wider suite of resources on deterioration. By following this system, national organisations and local services can make a difference to the recognition and response to children at risk of deterioration.

Provider examples of Local Safety Standards for Invasive Procedures (LocSSIPs)

To help you develop your trust’s Local Safety Standards for Invasive Procedures (LocSSIPs) we’ve published some examples submitted by other providers.

All trusts have been asked to create their own LocSSIPs based on the principles of the National Safety Standards for Invasive Procedures (NatSSIPs) that were published in September 2015. 

World Antibiotic Awareness Week: 14-20 November

If you need help raising awareness of World Antibiotic Awareness Week at your trust, take a look at Public Health England’s resources for 2016. You can also register your planned activities with Public Health England.  


Regional updates


North update

System-wide leadership seminar: Thursday 8 December, Leeds Town Hall, 10am to 5pm

Join the North team to find out how leaders in the region can collaborate to help address the challenges and concerns currently facing all leaders in the NHS. 

Executive Regional Managing Director for the North, Lyn Simpson will lead the seminar at which a number of keynote speakers will present interactive sessions.

The seminar will cover topics including: the role of boards in developing sustainable plans; working within the STP framework; financial and cultural turnaround.

We believe that you will benefit from attending this event, as well as the three further seminars planned for next year. 

To register, please email your full name, job role, organisation, phone number and dietary requirements to events@good-governance.org.uk.

Chairs Networking Event: 19 January, Leeds

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

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

Midlands and East update

Chairs Networking Event: 8 December, 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.

To find out more or to register, please email our Non-Executive Development Manager Keely Howard

London update

Chairs networking event: 16 February, London

This event is for provider chairs to discuss issues and challenges. Steve Russell, our new London Executive Regional Managing Director, will also give an update on what’s happening in the region.

There will also be time to network with your peers to share learning and best practice.

To find out more or to register, please email our Non-Executive Development Manager Keely Howard


Important updates from our partners


From The National Guardian’s Office: Freedom to Speak Up Guardian

You should by now have nominated a Freedom to Speak Up Guardian as detailed in the NHS Standard Contract 2016/17.

If you haven’t done so already, please email the National Guardian’s Office to let them know who is the guardian at your trust.

From NHS England: Think Sepsis seminar, 22 November, London

Medicine, nursing and pharmacy clinical leads, sign up to NHS England’s Think Sepsis seminar to hear from Sir Bruce Keogh on early detection and treatment and how we can reduce anti-microbial resistance.

Find out more and register.

From NHS England: NHS Standard Contract

Following a consultation, NHS England has published the NHS Standard Contracts for 2017/18.

Providers and commissioners are required to agree and sign contracts by 23 December 2016.

From NHS Digital: Data Quality Maturity Index

NHS Digital has published Data Quality Maturity Index (DQMI) data covering April-June 2016 to help you understand more about your data quality performance and how your trust compares to other providers.

NHS Digital will contact providers with lower DQMI scores to help support data quality improvement.

From the NHS Litigation Authority: Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts contribution notices

The NHS Litigation Authority has issued you with contribution notices for its Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts (CNST) to help you with your 2017/18 financial planning.

Please email Contributions@nhsla.com by Wednesday 30 November to confirm that you have received and accepted the contribution notice.

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