The week: issue 211

In this issue, read about the upcoming NHS staff survey, the latest release of PROMs data and a supplementary FAQ on transfers of PCT-owned estate as well as the usual patient safety alerts from MHRA.

Download ‘the week’: issue 211, 19 – 25 August 2011 (PDF,36K)
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On the agenda

NHS staff survey

The NHS Staff Survey Co-ordination Centre yesterday published the detail of the 2011 national staff survey. Trusts now need to prepare for the launch of the survey in late September.

The Co-ordination Centre will make all the necessary documents available, as well as detailed guidance notes.

The annual survey is an important way of ensuring the views of NHS staff inform local improvements. It also enables the Department of Health to assess the effectiveness of national NHS staff strategies and policies, such as training and flexible working.

For more information read Sir David Nicholson’s letter to NHS leadership teams and go to the NHS Staff Survey Co-ordination Centre

Policy news

1. NHS transfer to social care – 2011/12 returns
2. Home Oxygen Services

Consultations and evaluations

No news this week

Publications

3. Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) latest data release
4. Transfers of PCT-owned estate – supplementary document

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. NHS transfer to social care – 2011/12 returns
(Gateway reference number:16527)

The Department made available £648 million in 2011/12 for transfer to local authorities for social care activities that also benefit health. This letter from David Flory, Deputy NHS Chief Executive and David Behan, Director General Social Care, asks PCT Finance Directors for information to establish how the social care funding is being used. Data returns are required by 23 September 2011.

Action: PCT chief executives will wish to ensure the data returns are completed, signed off and returned by 23 September 2011.
Read the letter NHS social care allocation return 2011-2012

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2. Home Oxygen Services
(Gateway reference number:16356)

This letter from Professor Sue Hill, the Chief Scientific Officer, provides an update on the re-procurement of Home Oxygen Services (HOS) in England, particularly the separately-commissioned assessment and review services and future arrangements for commissioning of the overall HOS contracts.

Action: NHS chief executives will wish to consider any implications and discuss with their HOS lead to ensure their region is fully prepared to discharge its responsibilities.
Read the letter Home Oxygen Services

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Consultations and evaluations

No news this week

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Publications

3. Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) latest data release
(Gateway reference number: 16541)

The Health and Social Care Information Centre published the latest release of PROMs data on 17 August. This twelfth monthly release comprises both post-operative health outcomes and pre-operative data broken down by provider, and contains finalised data for April 2009 – March 2010 and provisional data for period April 2010 – March 2011.

Action: NHS chief executives will wish to review the latest data available and contact proms@dh.gsi.gov.uk with any queries.
Read the release of PROMs data

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4. Transfers of PCT-owned estate – supplementary document
(Gateway reference number: 16480)

Further to the publication on 4 August 2011 of guidance relating to transfers of PCT-owned estate to aspiring community foundation trusts, foundation trusts and NHS trusts, the Department has received and responded to a number of questions. A supplementary ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ document has therefore been added.

Action: NHS and PCT chief executives will wish to review the supplementary ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ document.
Read the guidance and FAQs

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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 following alerts have recently been sent to NHS audiences by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA ). These are reproduced 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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