The week: issue 226

This week’s edition includes a link to the updated NHS Outcomes Framework 2012/13, the consultation response on proposed increases for employee pension contributions and the Any Qualified Provider Map of Services. Also, find out more about the bowel cancer awareness campaign and the JSNA and joint health and wellbeing strategies.

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On the agenda

1. NHS Outcomes Framework 2012/13
The updated NHS Outcomes Framework 2012/13, published on 7 December 2011, describes the changes made since the December 2010 edition. It also contains a technical appendix which provides detailed information about each of the indicators in the Framework.

2. NHS Pension Scheme – employee contributions
The Government has now responded to the consultation on proposed increases to employee contributions. Revised contribution rates for 2012/13 are set out in the response. Almost half of scheme members will see no rise in their contributions next year. The NHS Pensions Agency is producing communication products to support NHS employers.

Download the draft NHS Pension Scheme regulations which will implement changes to contribution rates.

More information and a copy of the consultation response

3. Any Qualified Provider Map of Services
An online interactive map was published on 7 December 2011 outlining what services are going to be opened up to Any Qualified Provider (AQP) from April 2012. It will allow patients, commissioners and providers to see the local health services where there will be a choice of provider for patients.

Also available are a range of materials to support AQP implementation, including service implementation packs for commissioners.

Policy news

1. Bowel cancer awareness campaign to launch

Consultations and evaluations

2. Draft Specialist Palliative Care Measures
3. Assessors required for the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme

Publications

4. JSNAs and joint health and wellbeing strategies explained
5. National Cancer Peer Review Programme: Annual Report 2010/2011
6. Reducing violence and aggression in A&E

Conferences and events

i. what’s new

7. Expert on Call: Leading large scale change
8. Healthy Places, Healthy Lives Online: Joined-up care, delivering seamless care
9. Patient Safety Leaders’ programme open for applications
10. Web seminars on leading large scale change

ii. places still available

No news this week

Patient safety alerts

11. Minimising risks of mismatching spinal, epidural and regional devices

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. Bowel cancer awareness campaign to launch
(Gateway reference number: 16973)
This letter from the National Cancer Director, Professor Sir Mike Richards, informs about the Department’s national bowel cancer awareness campaign, which will launch on 30 January 2012 and run for nine weeks. The letter provides details of the campaign and the expected impact on secondary care, particularly endoscopy services.

Action: NHS chief executives will wish to continue to encourage secondary care services to prepare for the campaign particularly endoscopy and pathology.

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Consultations and evaluations

2. Draft Specialist Palliative Care Measures
(Gateway reference number: 16833)
A draft version of the revised Specialist Palliative Care Measures for inclusion in the Manual of Cancer Services has been issued for consultation.

Action: NHS chief executives are invited to submit comments on the draft measures by 27 February 2012.

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3. Assessors required for the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme
(Gateway reference number: 16992)
NHS chief executives and senior managers may wish to bring their valuable experience and understanding of leadership in the NHS, and become Assessors of applicants to the award-winning NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme. Assessors of 2012 applicants can join and take an active part at interview stage (January and February), or at a candidate assessment centre (March).

Action: NHS chief executives and senior managers who are interested in this opportunity can find out more at NHS Assessors and register.

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Publications

4. JSNAs and joint health and wellbeing strategies explained
(Gateway reference number: 16731)
This document aims to support the NHS, local government and emerging health and wellbeing boards as they engage with the refresh of Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) and develop their preparatory joint health and wellbeing strategy.

Action: NHS and local authority chief executives will wish to discuss this document with relevant colleagues and use it to inform the development of health and wellbeing boards.

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5. National Cancer Peer Review Programme: Annual Report 2010/2011
(Gateway reference number: 16797)
The Department has published the National Cancer Peer Review Programme for 2010/2011, which provides information on a national overview of the findings. It focuses on compliance with specific measures included in the Manual for Cancer Services, which supports quality assurance of cancer services and enables quality improvement and the implementation of NICE Improvement Outcomes Guidance.

Action: NHS chief executives and commissioners will wish to consider this peer review when planning cancer services.

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6. Reducing violence and aggression in A&E
(Gateway reference number: 16996)
Can design help improve the patient and staff experience in emergency departments? The Department of Health and Design Council recently showcased a series of cost-effective and easy to implement design solutions specifically to reduce violence and aggression towards staff in A&E.

Action: NHS chief executives will wish to review the toolkit and discuss with emergency care leads. For further information or a hard copy please contact: Ranjit Soor at the Department of Health on 0113 254 6052 or Chris Howroyd at the Design Council on 0207 420 5218.

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Conferences and events

i. what’s new

7. Expert on Call: Leading large scale change
(Gateway reference number: 16984)
In the next Expert on Call, Helen Bevan, Chief of Service Transformation at the NHS Institute, will give an overview of the theory, tools, and approaches to delivering change at scale, pace and across organisational boundaries. Helen will introduce Leading large scale change: A practical guide, which tells of the experiences from the NHS Institute’s Academy for Large Scale Change.

Action: NHS chief executives and their colleagues can register for this free web seminar, taking place on 15 December 2011.

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8. Healthy Places, Healthy Lives Online: Joined-up care, delivering seamless care
(Gateway reference number: 16985)
In this seminar, Carolyn Robertson, Associate at the NHS Institute, will talk about Joined-up care – an NHS Institute programme designed to help integrate services as patients pass through boundaries within and between organisations on their healthcare journey, reducing waste and improving productivity and patient experience.

Action: NHS chief executives and their colleagues can register for this free web seminar, taking place on 15 December 2011.

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9. Patient Safety Leaders’ programme open for applications
(Gateway reference number: 16994)
The NHS Institute’s Patient Safety Leaders’ (PSL) programme provides practical guidance on safety improvement tools and techniques. Accredited by the University of Derby, it helps PSLs identify, implement and measure improvement projects and successfully achieve the aims of the Safety Express QIPP workstream. The next wave of the programme starts in February 2012.

Action: NHS chief executives will wish to discuss with patient safety leaders within their organisations.

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10. Web seminars on leading large scale change
(Gateway reference number: 16993)
This series of six seminars, starting in January 2012, will provide NHS chairs, chief executives and senior leaders with an insight into the latest theories and practices of large-scale change drawn from the healthcare and corporate worlds. Led by expert speakers they will offer techniques to support transformational QIPP work streams.

Action: NHS chief executives, senior leaders and local authorities engaged in large scale change are encouraged to register and participate in the free web seminars.

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ii. places still available

No news this week

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Patient safety alerts

11. Minimising risks of mismatching spinal, epidural and regional devices
(Gateway reference number: 16815)
The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) has issued a Rapid Response Report for NHS organisations in England and Wales, aimed at ensuring that effective controls are in place to minimise the risk of mismatching spinal, epidural or regional devices with incompatible connectors.

Action: NHS chief executives will wish to ensure that the actions in the alert are implemented accordingly.

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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