Good rostering guide

NHS Employers | May 2018 |Good rostering guide

Aimed at both employers and doctors, the guidance sets out ways in which good rostering practice can be used to develop rotas. It aims to support and create an effective training environment that also meets the needs of the service, while enabling flexibility for doctors and employers, both of whom have a stake in the process.


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The full guide is available from NHS Employers 


Approved Costing Guidance: standards

NHS Improvement | Approved Costing Guidance: standards | April 2018

NHS England has produced costing standards for acute, ambulance, mental health and community services. It includes the refreshed ambulance costing standards, ambulance technical document, acute costing approaches and acute technical document. The development version of the mental health costing standards was published on 6 April.


For each sector there are up to four different types of standard:

  • information requirements: describe the information you need to collect for costing
  • costing processes: describe the costing process you should follow
  • costing methods: focus on high volume and high-value services or departments
  • costing approaches: focus on high volume or high-value procedures and procedures that can be difficult to cost well
    (NHS Improvement)

    The documents available are:

  • mental health costing standards, technical document, costing manual template and information and standards gap analysis templates
  • ambulance costing manual template and refreshed costing standards and technical documents
  • refreshed acute costing approaches and technical document
  • glossary for the Approved Costing Guidance.

Full details are available from NHS Improvement

New data protection legislation affecting all NHS organisations

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to replace the existing Data Protection Act on 25 May 2018. It will require all organisations, which process personal data – including CCGs, to meet higher data protection standards.

Some of the new requirements of GDPR will be appointing a data protection officer, the ability to demonstrate that you are complying with the new law and higher penalties for those not following the rules.

The Information Commissioners Office has produced a package of tools and resources to help you get ready. These resources include:

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Further information can be found on the Information Commissioner’s Office’s website.

National A&E Dashboard User Guide

The National A&E Dashboard has been developed by NHS Improvement  to provide a consolidated view of A&E information and can be shared between various central NHS bodies.

The dashboard provides a consistent understanding of A&E performance through the collection of daily situation report (SitRep) data, and enables the NHS to identify pressure points in the system and intervene accordingly.


Data is submitted by trusts on a daily basis for the previous 24 hours and snapshots of the data are taken at 8am. Trusts submit this data in the morning and submissions close in the afternoon for reporting purposes.

It takes the user through:

  • how to access the A&E dashboard
  • a quick overview and explanation of key functions
  • details of each screen with screen shots
  • descriptions about metrics
  • easy navigation tips
  • commonly asked questions


Full information from  NHS Improvement

Integrating care

Integrating care: contracting for accountable models | NHS England

This guidance provides support for early accountable care organisations (ACOs) and outlines the new contractual framework for ACOs and how to establish the care model in practice.

The guidance covers the following:

  • New models of care
  • A new contractual framework
  • Establishing the care model in practice
  • Supporting documents
  • Key changes made in the Contract and supporting documents
  • Planned changes to regulations to support the development of ACOs
  • Further development of the Contract – and its use in practice

The document can be downloaded here

Updated revalidation standards and guidance

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has updated its revalidation standards and guidance in line with a planned review and stakeholder feedback | NHS Employers

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Key changes

All documents except the Code have been revised. The standards and guidance includes:
  • New examples of circumstances which would not count towards practice hours,
  • Changes in How to revalidate and the guidance sheet to explain why the reflective discussion partner must be a registrant and why the discussion must be a single discussion with one other person.
  • Changes to the continuing professional development (CPD) examples to clarify that CPD is separate and different from everyday learning.
  • An explanation on how confirmation differs from appraisal.
  • Amendments to the alternative support arrangements guidance sheet.

More detail at NHS Employers

Download the revised guidance documents via NMC

Managing Conflicts Of Interest In The NHS: Guidance For Staff And Organisations

This guidance is intended to protect patients, taxpayers and staff covering health services in which there is a direct state interest. It comes into force on 1 June 2017 | NHS England 

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This guidance aims to strengthen the management of conflicts of interest within the NHS and to ensure transparent and accountable health care. The guidance permits NHS staff to receive small tokens or gifts but will require them to decline anything that could be seen to affect their professional judgement. It will also be standard practice for NHS commitments to take precedence over private practice, and for any member of staff – clinical or non-clinical – to declare outside employment and the details of where and when this takes place although not earnings at this stage.

Read the full guidance here