The week: issue 228

This week’s edition includes David Flory’s report for the second quarter July to September 2011/12, further information on the NHS Pension Scheme reforms, new arrangements for the whistleblowing helpline and the provision of Health Care Chaplains. This week’s publications include technical guidance for the 2012/13 Operating Framework and guidance for the recovery of debt from overseas NHS debtors.

Download ‘the week’: issue 228, 16 – 22 December 2011 (PDF, 70K)
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On the agenda

1. The Quarter, quarter 2 2011/12
David Flory’s report for the second quarter July to September 2011/12 provides a summary of the NHS financial position and performance against the national priorities set out in the NHS Operating Framework 2011/12.

The report shows that the NHS has continued to perform strongly against the requirements of the NHS Operating Framework 2011/12 and has made good progress in beginning to make the savings and system transformation required to deliver the quality, innovation, productivity and prevention (QIPP) and reform challenge.

2. Pensions Announcement
The Health Secretary laid a Written Ministerial Statement (WMS), following the Chief Secretary to the Treasury’s announcement in Parliament on 20 December. Both the WMS and the detailed Heads of Agreement reached with the Health Unions, employers and the Department are available on the Department’s website. Subject to the TU process, these changes will deliver a reformed NHS Pension Scheme from 2015.

Further information

Policy news

1. The whistleblowing helpline is changing
2. New arrangements for provision of Health Care Chaplains

Consultations and evaluations

3. Autism Strategy – self-assessment exercise
4. Evaluation of extra care housing

Publications

5. Technical Guidance for the 2012/13 Operating Framework
6. Determinations of Cross-Border Ordinary Residence Disputes
7. Sharing information to recover debts from overseas NHS debtors
8. Allied Health Professions Referral to Treatment Revised Guide

Conferences and events

i. what’s new

No news this week

ii. places still available

No news this week

Patient safety alerts

Refer to website below

Extra notes

Chief executives are reminded that all communications requiring the attention of NHS and local authority management must include a Gateway reference number. In order to streamline the number of communications issued by the Department, these will continue to be summarised in ‘the week’ every Thursday.

Policy news

1. The whistleblowing helpline is changing
(Gateway reference number: 17053)
From 1 January 2012, the Government-funded whistleblowing helpline changes to a free-phone service. The new service encompasses all elements of the current service but, in addition, opens up availability for the first time to staff and employers in the social care sector. The helpline number will be 08000 724 725.

Action: NHS and local authority chief executives will wish to note the changes to the helpline service.

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2. New arrangements for provision of Health Care Chaplains
(Gateway reference number: 16628)
From 3 January 2012, there will be new arrangements for advising on the appointment of Health Care Chaplains. A panel made up of advisers from the religious and faith groups in England will recommend advisers to trusts seeking assistance in appointing chaplains to acute and mental health hospitals.

Action: NHS chief executives will wish to consider these new arrangements and any implications locally.

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Consultations and evaluations

3. Autism Strategy – self-assessment exercise
(Gateway reference number: 17031)
On 1 April 2011, the Department launched a self-assessment framework to support localities with the delivery of the Adult Autism Strategy and its accompanying statutory guidance. Information used to answer the questions in the framework should now be entered on to the Learning Disabilities Public Health Observatory’s website.

Action: Directors of Adult Social Services will wish to discuss with adult autism leads and ensure this part of the self-assessment exercise is completed by Friday 10 February 2012.

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4. Evaluation of extra care housing
(Gateway reference number: 17033)
This evaluation of the Department’s £227m Extra Care Housing Fund, by the University of Kent’s Personal Social Services Research Unit and the Housing Learning & Improvement Network, examines the local authority-led partnerships supported by the fund.

Action: Local authority chief executives will wish to review and discuss with relevant colleagues and local NHS partners.

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Publications

5. Technical Guidance for the 2012/13 Operating Framework
(Gateway reference number: 17047)
The technical guidance for the 2012/13 Operating Framework supports the Operating Framework for the NHS in England 2012/13. Its purpose is to list all the indicators against which the NHS will be held accountable nationally during 2012/13.

Action: NHS chief executives and PCT cluster chief executives will wish to review and discuss with performance colleagues.

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6. Determinations of Cross-Border Ordinary Residence Disputes
(Gateway Reference number: 17055)
The Secretary of State and Scottish Ministers have published arrangements setting out which ordinary residence disputes are to be determined by the Secretary of State and which are to be determined by the Scottish Ministers.

Action: NHS and local authority chief executives will wish to be aware of this agreement when carrying out their functions under Part 3 of the National Assistance Act 1948 and certain other legislation.

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7. Sharing information to recover debts from overseas NHS debtors
(Gateway reference number: 17038)
Guidance on charging overseas visitors for NHS hospital treatment has been updated in light of a recent change to the Immigration Rules to allow a person subject to immigration control with an outstanding debt to the NHS of £1,000 or more normally to be refused a new visa or extension of stay.

Action:  NHS chief executives and relevant staff will wish to consider sharing information as a way of trying to increase the recovery of those debts.

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8. Allied Health Professions Referral to Treatment Revised Guide
(Gateway reference number: 16604)
This revised guide provides additional clarity for measuring waiting times for patients accessing NHS Allied Health Professions (AHP) services. Nationally, data collection and flow of referral to treatment times for AHP community services will be via the Community Information Data Set (CIDS).

Action: NHS chief executives will wish to consider the implications and discuss with managers of AHP services, mental health services and Directors of IT.

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Conferences and events

i. what’s new

No news this week

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ii. places still available

No news this week

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Patient safety alerts

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has sent the NHS the latest medical device alerts in the link below. NHS Trusts are expected to take the specified action by the date given.

MHRA Medical Device Alerts

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Unless otherwise stated, guidance referred to in the bulletin has not been commissioned or endorsed by the Department of Health – it is evidence that organisations and professionals may find helpful in improving practice. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence is the Department’s provider of accredited evidence and guidance, which can be found on the Institute’s website

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