The week: issue 217

In this issue of ‘the week’, read about the appointments of directors for the four SHA clusters across England, learn about materials trusts can use to support European Antibiotic Awareness Day and access the latest MHRA medical device alerts.

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On the agenda

SHA cluster directors appointed
Following the appointments of chairs and chief executives, directors for the four Strategic Health Authority (SHA) clusters across England have been announced.  Other senior appointments, including non-executive directors, will be made in due course.

See the appointments at: Directors appointed to SHA clusters

Policy news

1. Product pricing project report

Consultations and evaluations

2. Making Open Data Real

Publications

3. Update on PbR package for 2012-13
4. European Antibiotic Awareness Day – 18 November 2011
5. QIPP LTC digital technology implementation scheme

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. Product pricing project report
(Gateway reference numbers: 16717, 16716)
In April 2011, Jim Easton, National Director of Improvement and Efficiency, wrote to NHS chief executives inviting them to join a product pricing project. This pilot benchmarking exercise, conducted to examine the prices paid by individual trusts for the same goods, has now been completed. This letter from Jim Easton highlights the findings of the pilot and provides a link to see the full report.

Action: NHS chief executives will wish to consider how the report can be used to improve pricing transparency.

Read more about the product pricing project and access the letter

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Consultations and evaluations

2. Making Open Data Real
(Gateway reference number: 16718)
The Cabinet Office recently launched a public consultation called ‘Making Open Data Real’. It was one of the commitments outlined in the Prime Minister’s letter on transparency to his Cabinet colleagues on 7 July 2011. Through this consultation, the Government are inviting views from the public and interested parties on how we can best embed a culture of openness and transparency in our public services.

Action: NHS and local authority chief executives who wish to respond (either in person or as a representative of an organisation) should submit a formal response to the consultation before the closing date of 27 October 2011. This can be online, via email (opendataconsultation@cabinet-office.gsi.gov.uk) or by post to:

Open Data Consultation,
Transparency Team,
Cabinet Office,
1 Horse Guards Road,
London SW1A 2HQ.

Read the consultation and the Number 10 letter

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Publications

3. Update on PbR package for 2012-13
(Gateway reference numbers: 16600, 16645)
A letter from David Flory has been published on the DH website to update the NHS on work to prepare the Payment by Results (PbR) package for 2012-13 and to outline a provisional timetable for the rest of the process.

Action: NHS chief executives will wish to discuss content with appropriate colleagues to plan for road test of the PbR package and subsequent implementation from 1 April 2012.

Read more about the update and access the letter

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4. European Antibiotic Awareness Day
(Gateway reference numbers: 16689, 16679)
The Chief Pharmacist has written to all trusts seeking support for European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) on 18 November 2011 and help in tackling one of the most significant threats to patient safety in Europe – the rise of antibiotic resistance. Materials promoting the responsible use of antibiotics are available on the DH website for local use.

Action: To help make EAAD a success, NHS chief executives will wish to ensure European Antibiotic Awareness Day is highlighted on their trust intranet/website and take the other actions set out in the relevant letters.

Read more about the day and access the letters and materials

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5. QIPP LTC digital technology implementation scheme
(Gateway reference number: 16655)
This letter from Sir John Oldham, invites expressions of interest from QIPP LTC (long term conditions) ignition and operational phase teams to participate in a scheme to help overcome challenges to implementing LTC drivers.

Action: NHS cluster chief executives will wish to discuss with their local QIPP LTC ignition and operational phase teams the opportunity to be part of a scheme to help accelerate the delivery of their local LTC initiatives through their use of digital technology.  Expressions of interest for taking part in the scheme should be submitted by 28 October 2011.

Read more about the launch and access the letter

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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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