The week: issue 216

In this short issue of ‘the week’, read David Flory and David Behan’s winter letter setting out preparations for winter planning and reporting and find out details on the latest Expert on Call web seminar.

Download ‘the week’: issue 216, 23 – 29 September 2011 (PDF, 29K)
Download ‘the week’: issue 216, 23 – 29 September 2011 (RTF, 489K)

On the agenda

Winter reporting 2011/12
This year’s winter letter from David Flory and David Behan sets out preparations for winter planning and reporting, which will run from 1 November 2011 to the end of February 2012. This letter contains information about revised guidance to help timely and effective completion of the daily SITREP. SHA cluster chief executives will wish to assure that the necessary preparations are in place for the coming winter and encourage their local NHS organisations to review local winter plans and observe the timetable for daily SITREP reporting.

For further information, read preparations for winter planning and reporting 2011/12

Policy news

No news this week

Consultations and evaluations

No news this week

Publications

No news this week

Conferences and events

i. what’s new

1. Expert on Call: Leading integration – the new commissioning challenge

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

No news this week

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Consultations and evaluations

No news this week

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Publications

No news this week

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Conferences and events

i. what’s new

1. Expert on Call: Leading integration – the new commissioning challenge
(Gateway reference number: 16692)
In the next Expert on Call, Mark Jennings at the NHS Institute and Dr Robert Varnam, a GP in inner city Manchester and Interim Clinical Lead at the RCGP Centre for Commissioning, will talk about what integration means in practice for successful commissioning of quality healthcare, and how the NHS Institute can support developing clinical commissioning groups.

Action: NHS chief executives and their colleagues can register for this free web seminar at Expert on Call event information

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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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