The week: issue 218

Read about the appointments of non-executive directors to the SHA clusters, the launch of the Government’s call to action on obesity and find out how to participate in a consultation on implementing a duty of candour in this issue of ‘the week’.

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On the agenda

1. Non-executives appointed to new SHA clusters
The Appointments Commission has announced the appointments of non-executive directors to the SHA clusters following the introduction of cluster arrangements on 3 October 2011.

See the appointments


2. Call to action on obesity in England
The Government has launched a call to action on obesity setting out the need for concerted action across society to achieve a downward trend in excess weight by 2020. NHS and local authority chief executives and directors of public health particularly will be interested to see the envisaged leadership role around developing comprehensive local strategies.

Read about the call to action

Policy news

3. New senior responsible officer appointment for Health Education England (HEE)

Consultations and evaluations

4. Implementing a duty of candour

Publications

5. Signals – emerging patient safety issues
6. Leading large scale change

Conferences and events

i. what’s new

7. Webchat with David Behan on 18 October 2011
8. Symposium on Quality and Safety in Emergency Care
9. A breath of fresh air – oxygen in the home
10. Working in partnership for better business and health outcomes

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

3. New senior responsible officer appointment for Health Education England (HEE)
(Gateway reference number: 16762)

Christine Outram has been appointed Senior Responsible Officer for Health Education England (HEE) to develop the new organisation that will take on accountability for leadership of the education and training system by April 2013. She will combine this with her role as Managing Director of Medical Education England (MEE).

Action: NHS chief executives will wish to be aware of this appointment

Read more about Christine Outram’s appointment

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Consultations and evaluations

4. Implementing a duty of candour
(Gateway reference number: 16501)
A consultation has been launched on implementing a duty of candour, a contractual requirement on NHS providers to be open with patients when things go wrong with their healthcare. This forms part of the Government’s plans to modernise the NHS by making it more accountable and transparent.

Action: NHS chief executives and their colleagues who wish to contribute can respond via email to dutyofcandour@dh.gsi.gov.uk or via post to:

The Patient Safety team,
Room 422, Wellington House,
133-155 Waterloo Rd, London,
SE1 8UG by 2 January 2012

Read more about the consultation

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Publications

5. Signals – emerging patient safety issues
(Gateway reference number: 16752)
The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) has published its latest set of Signals – emerging patient safety issues identified from a review of serious incidents. Topics include risk of harm from ingestion of Vernagel, risk of harm from retained guidewires following central venous access, prevention of harm with alfacalcidol preparations and rapid deterioration in patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. The NPSA would be pleased to receive comments and anonymised local investigations.

Action: NHS chief executives are encouraged to consider whether these incidents could happen in their organisation and what action could be taken locally to reduce harm

Read more about the review of serious patient safety incidents

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6. Leading large scale change
(Gateway reference number: 16746)
Leading large scale change provides an overview of theory, tools and approaches to delivering change at scale, pace and across organisational boundaries. This guide describes the experiences of NHS Institute’s Academy for Large Scale Change. A learning programme is also available to support this guide.

Action: NHS chief executives can find more information and purchase this important new guide for leaders of large scale change at Leading large scale change

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Conferences and events

i. what’s new

7. Webchat with David Behan on 18 October 2011
(Gateway reference number: 16754)
David Behan, Director General of Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships, will be answering live questions about the social care engagement exercise, Caring for our future, at 3:30pm on Tuesday 18 October.

Action: Directors of adult social services, among others, may wish to take part by registering for the webchat

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8. Symposium on Quality and Safety in Emergency Care
(Gateway reference number: 16736)
The College of Emergency Medicine (CEM), in conjunction with the International Federation for Emergency Medicine, is hosting a two-day symposium at the British Museum in London on Quality and Safety in Emergency Care on 15/16 November 2011.

Action: NHS chief executives and their colleagues who wish to attend can register at the CEM website

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9. A breath of fresh air – oxygen in the home
(Gateway reference number:16753)
Primary Care Commissioning (PCC) is organising two national events in London and Manchester to consider the commissioning and use of home oxygen assessment and review services.

Action: NHS chief executives and their colleagues who wish to attend can register for the events at:

London – 31 October 2011
Manchester – 1 November 2011

Book before 21 October 2011 using code EBHOS11 and get 50 percent off.

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10. Working in partnership for better business and health outcomes
(Gateway reference number: 16754)
With practice mergers increasing pressure on practices to think and behave collectively in the transition to clinical commissioning groups, practice managers and partners need to be aware of the consequences of change. The event will take place in London on 17 November 2011.

Action: NHS chief executives who wish to attend or nominate a colleague can register free of charge before 21 October 2011 using code TWWIP11 at PCC events

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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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