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Chief Executive Bulletin

15th September 2006

Chief Executive bulletins are published weekly on the Department of Health website at www.dh.gov.uk.  Here we provide a brief weekly summary, with a direct link to the bulletins.

Editor note: This feature is currently being enhanced to make it more user-friendly.

Issue 335, 9 - 14 September 2006

Policy news
1. Health inequalities: revised list of Spearhead Group Primary Care Trusts

Consultations and evaluations
No news this week

2. Use of LIFT standard documentation
The NHS Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) standard documentation has been revised. Version 5 of the documentation was introduced on 9 August 2006.

Conference and events
i) what's new
No news this week

ii) places still available
No news this week

Issue 334, 1 - 8 September 2006
Policy news
1. Productivity Metrics Distribution
The Productivity Metrics will be published by the NHS Institute this month.

Consultations and evaluations
2. Continuing Care - Consultation on Transitional Arrangements
3. Community Hospitals and Services

4. Modernising Nursing Careers: Setting the Direction
Patricia Hewitt launched this initiative at the Chief Nursing Officers Business Meeting on 4 September. It is a UK wide programme aimed at getting nursing ready for the future, and sets out a series of priorities and major actions that will be progressed over the coming months.
5. Professional Executive Committees
Guidance arrangements for Professional Executive Committees (PECs)
6. Model byelaws to regulate the practice of acupuncture and businesses providing tattooing, semi-permanent skin-colouring, cosmetic piercing and electrolysis
7. Outsourcing of NHS supply chain services
A contract has been awarded to DHL to manage the supply chain services currently managed by the logistics division of the NHS Business Services Authority and part of NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency. 
8. National framework for implementing Pharmacists with Special Interests (PhwSIs)
A framework to support commissioners and pharmacists in developing the new role of PhwSI has been published. 

Conferences and events
i) what's new
9. Respect Summit - 19 October 2006
Exploring how the NHS can engage with the Respect agenda to deliver improved health outcomes. Health minister Caroline Flint is expected to deliver the keynote speech.
10. Joining Forces to Deliver Improved Stroke Services – 19 October 2006
The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London, with keynote address from Health minister Rosie Winterton.

ii) places still available
No news this week

Issue 333, 25 – 31 August 2006

Policy news
1. New Director General of Workforce for the NHS appointed
Clare Chapman, currently the Group Personnel Director of Tesco, will take up the post at the Department of Health from the beginning of 2007.
2. Commissioning a Patient-led NHS

Consultations and Evaluations
No news this week

3. Guidance on data sets to support commissioning
This guidance covers the actions that Trusts and PCTs should take to ensure datasets are correctly addressed following PCT reconfiguration in October 2006; to prepare for the closure of the NHS-Wide Clearing Service (NWCS) in December 2006; and adopt e-government standards for data flows.
4. Use of mobile phones in hospitals and other NHS premises
Guidance has been issued by MHRA and they do not recommend a ‘blanket ban’.

 Conferences and Events
i) what’s new
5. Reducing MRSA - increasing quality and productivity
DH is working closely with the NHS Confederation, running a series of presentations on ‘Increasing productivity, efficiency and reducing MRSA’.
6. Preparing Critical Care Services for an Influenza Pandemic conference, London, 13 October 2006
Designed for clinicians, acute trust managers, emergency planning officers and ambulance services.

ii) places still available
No news this week

Issue 332, 18 - 24 August 2006

Policy news
1. Commissioning a Patient-led NHS
2. Teaching status for re-configured PCTs
Newly-reconfigured PCTs did not automatically inherit the right to the "teaching" title and logo of any of their constituent organisations. Ministers have expressed the view that new PCTs wishing to retain the title should be allowed to do so providing they meet appropriate criteria.

Consultations and evaluations
3. Feedback requested from healthcare professionals on draft electronic prescribing functional specification
NHS Connecting for Health has developed a draft functional specification for electronic prescribing (ePrescribing) systems following a series of workshops with staff from acute and mental health trusts. It is now seeking feedback.
4. Site sought to pilot IT specification for blood safety
NHS Connecting for Health, supported by the National Patient Safety Agency, is looking to work with one or more NHS acute trusts in England to pilot a national IT specification for blood tracking.

5. Guidance for Phase 3 of Choice of Scan
From April 2007, patients waiting for diagnostic imaging tests who do not have an appointment within 13 weeks are to be offered the choice of having their scan at another provider.
6. Strategic Commissioning Tool – Children, Young People and Maternity Services
This draft self-assessment tool is based on the PCT ‘fitness for purpose’ programme.
7. Your health, your care, your say: Evaluation Report
An independent report evaluating the Your health, your care, your say listening exercise on the future of community health and social care services has been published.
8. Improving the physical health of people with mental illness
Guidance has been published to help commissioners design and plan services that improve the physical well-being of mental health patients.
9. National Programme for Information Technology (NPfIT) – responsibilities and information governance
Sir Ian Carruthers' letter to SHAs following the recent NAO report and PAC hearing restates key NPfIT responsibilities and accountabilities.

Conferences and events
i) what's new
No news this week

ii) places still available
No news this week

Issue 331, 12 - 17 August 2006

Policy news
1. Commissioning a Patient-led NHS

Consultations and evaluations
2. Feedback on Health Impact Assessment Gateway (hiagateway) website
As part of the public health Information and Intelligence Strategy, Informing Healthier Choices, the Department of Health is now consulting users on their needs for resources available on the hiagateway website.

3. Payment by Results in 2007/08
Sir Ian Carruthers issued a letter to the NHS on 18 July headed Independent Review of the Tariff Setting Process in 2006/07. It also included information on proposals for the national tariff in 2007/08.
4. ProCure21: Community Hospitals
The Department of Health has announced a further £750m in extra funding for the development of community hospitals.
5. Making the shift of hospital care into the community
The University of Birmingham’s Health Services Management Centre, commissioned by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement’s Long Term Conditions programme, have produced two documents examining how the NHS is making the shift of hospital care into the community.
6. GMS Standard Contract
7. Agenda for Change and NHS Contractors’ Staff – implementation of the joint statement for soft facilities management staff
Lord Warner has written to SHA Chairs asking for their help in re-emphasising the importance of implementing this initiative.
8. Lebanon evacuees
UK nationals evacuated from Lebanon may register with NHS general practices either temporarily or, if appropriate, permanently. 

Conferences and events
i) what's new
No news this week
ii) places still available
No news this week 

Issue 330, 4 - 11 August 2006

Policy news
1. Commissioning a Patient-led NHS
2. Pay Framework for Very Senior Managers
Appendix E of this Framework has been updated and now shows pay levels for Nurse Directors in strategic health authorities and primary care trusts.
3. Interim Chief Executive for NHS London
NHS London announced, yesterday, the appointment of Ruth Carnall OBE as interim Chief Executive to oversee the new Strategic Health Authority. Mrs Carnall will take up her new post from 1 September, which means David Nicholson can take up his new post as NHS Chief Executive with the Department of Health from 4 September. 

Consultations and evaluations
4. NHS Care Records Service – Summary Record Early Adopters
NHS Connecting for Health is seeking a number of PCTs to participate in the early adopter implementation of the NHS Summary Record.

5. NHS Financial Performance 2006-07: Quarterly Report 
6. RTT Measurement - Approaches launched by 18 week Pioneers
Duncan Selbie wrote to SHA chief executives on 4 August to explain how DH has been working with 18 weeks Pioneer sites to develop ‘Tactical Approaches’ to RTT measurement.
7. Guidance on Regulations for Social Services Complaints Procedures for Adults
Guidance to support the regulations for social services complaints procedures for adults, due to come into force on 1 September 2006.
8. National Blood Transfusion Committee Fourth Annual Report (2005/06)
This report indicates there has been recent progress in safe and effective blood transfusion practice in line with the action plan in HSC 2002/009. However, the report also highlights that this work needs to be maintained and extended.
9. Announcement of Self-assessment pilots
11 pilot sites have been chosen to test self-assessment, allowing people with long-term health and social care needs to assess their own support requirements and apply directly for services to help them.
10. Essential steps to safe, clean care
Providing safe, clean, reliable healthcare is a priority for the entire NHS. This delivery programme provides PCTs, Mental Health, Ambulance Trusts and GPs’ practices with the framework to reduce infections rates and increase quality, safety and productivity. 
11. Code of Practice for Reduction of HCAIs
The draft Code of Practice for the prevention and control of HCAIs was published on 28 July 2006. The Code is to help NHS organisations plan and reduce healthcare associated infections.
12. Revised Guidance for Infection Control in Nursing Homes
13. The HPA annual report on Mandatory Surveillance of Healthcare Associated Infection (HCAI) data
This showed a national improvement and reduction in the number of MRSA bacteraemias but an increase in the number of infection with Clostridium difficile.
14. Factsheet outlining process to be followed for recognition of Local Dental Committees (LDCs)
15. Care and Respect in Death: Good Practice Guidance for NHS Mortuary Staff
Mortuary staff can use this guidance to review their practice and protocols against best practice, and so minimise opportunities for adverse incidents.

Conferences and events 
i) what's new
16. Government development of national Action Plan to tackle Sexual Violence and Abuse
17. Modernising Medical Careers - NHS Employers Roadshow
In Birmingham, London and Leeds on 4, 5 and 6 September respectively. Targeting HR, medical and clinical directors.

ii) places still available
No news this week.



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