Refreshing NHS Plans for 2018/ 19

NHS England & NHS Improvement | Refreshing NHS Plans for 2018/ 19


This publication  responds to the November 2017 Budget announcement of additional NHS funding of  £1.6bn for 2018/19, which will increase funding for emergency & urgent care and elective surgery.


It outlines how additional funding will impact on frontline services such as primary care and A&E services. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is making a further £540 million available through the Mandate over the coming financial year.

It also sets out plans for the development of accountable care systems into integrated care systems. The guidance is accompanied by revised clinical commissioning group allocations for 2018/19.

The publication Refreshing NHS Plans for 2018/19 is here

A link to the revised CCG allocations is also available

Infographic to show CCG allocations are here


New approach to NHS clinical assessment could save thousands of lives

NHS England is asking every hospital trust to adopt the Royal College of Physicians’ new clinical assessment system, The National Early Warning
Score (NEWS) 

The National Early Warning Score (NEWS) has been produced by the Royal College of Physicians and is backed by the Royal College for Emergency Medicine, NHS Improvement, the Association of Ambulance Chairs and Sir Bruce Keogh, National Medical Director for NHS England.

The system was developed by the Royal College of Physicians with the aim of creating a standardised approach to clinical assessment across the country.

It is estimated that the NEWS is now being used in over 70% of trusts but NHS England is setting the goal of having the system in place across every acute and ambulance setting by 2019.

Having the NEWS adopted as the standard system will mean NHS staff who move between trusts are using a consistent set of measures for diagnosing patients.

Full story at NHS England

NHS leaders unveil action to boost flu vaccination and manage winter pressures

NHS England, Public Health England, the Department of Health and NHS Improvement have unveiled measures to boost the uptake of flu vaccinations along with a package of new contingency actions to respond to pressures on frontline services this winter. | NHS England



Preparations include:

  • Providing free flu vaccines for hundreds of thousands of care home staff at a cost of up to £10m as well as increasing the number of jabs for young children
    in schools and vulnerable people
  • Directing NHS trusts to ensure they make vaccines readily available to staff and record why those who choose to opt out of the programme do so
  • Writing to doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers reminding them of their professional duty to protect patients by being vaccinated
  • Setting up a new National Emergency Pressure Panel to provide independent clinical advice on system risk and an appropriate regional and national response
  • The biggest expansion in training for A&E consultants ever with hundreds more doctors over the next four years and other healthcare staff

Full news story at NHS England

NHS and leading suppliers join forces to cut sugary drinks

The NHS is stepping up the battle against obesity, diabetes and tooth decay by announcing that sugary drinks will be banned in hospital shops beginning from next year unless suppliers voluntarily take decisive action to cut their sales over the next 12 months | NHS England


NHS England is announcing that leading retailers have agreed to continue voluntarily reducing sales of sugary drinks to 10 percent or less of their total drinks sales within hospitals over the coming year.

In addition, NHS England is from this month, April 2017, introducing new national incentives for hospitals and other NHS providers to go further to improve food on their premises. Progress has already been made in 2016/17 to cut all price promotions on sugary drinks and foods high in fat, sugar or salt (HFSS), end advertisements of these foods on NHS premises, stop sales at checkouts and ensure healthy food options are available at all times, including for those working night shifts.

But to build on this, by April 2018 hospitals must make further efforts, including:

  • 60 per cent of confectionery and sweets stocked do not exceed 250 kcal, rising to 80 per cent of confectionery and sweets in 2018/19.
  • 60 per cent of pre-packed sandwiches and other savoury pre-packed meals to contain 400 kcal or less per serving and do not exceed five grams of saturated fat per 100g, moving to 75 per cent in 2018/19.

Read the full news story here

Knowledge transfer partnership programme announced

Knowledge Transfer Partnership announced at CSO Conference ‘Bringing Science and Innovation to the Heart of the NHS’


NHS England is set to launch its first Knowledge Transfer Partnership Programme, a 12 month development programme, aimed at clinical leaders in healthcare science.  Successful applicants who secure a place will work with other leading healthcare scientists and build long-term collaborations across clinical, research and industry sectors, whilst identifying new approaches to measuring improved outcomes, ultimately for NHS patients.

NHS England announces £101 million of new funding for new care model vanguards

£101 million of new funding to support and spread the work of the new care model vanguards | NHS England


The vanguards are partnerships of NHS, local government, voluntary, community and other organisations that are implementing plans to improve the healthcare people receive, prevent ill health and save funds.

Considerable progress has been made since the vanguards were launched in 2015 and there is emerging evidence that they are making significant improvements at a local level. This includes reducing pressure on busy GP and A&E services.

In addition to the funding, the vanguards will continue to receive support from NHS England and other national bodies to implement their plans, including how they harness new technology including apps and shared computer systems. They are also receiving help to develop their workforce so that it is organised around patients and their local populations.

Read the full overview here

National NHS campaign urges people to stay well this winter

A national campaign to help people prepare for winter weather has been launched today by NHS England and Public Health England.

Image source: NHS England

The message is to Stay Well This Winter and to encourage people most at risk from cold weather, including those with long-term health conditions and the over 65s, to prepare for the lower temperatures.

Around 25,000 more people die over the course of each winter compared to other times of the year and there are a range of conditions worsened by the cold weather – 80 per cent of these deaths are accounted for by people with circulatory diseases (such as heart disease, lung illnesses and stroke), dementia and respiratory diseases (such as asthma).

Exposure to cold indoor or outdoor temperatures increases blood pressure, thereby increasing the risk of heart failure, kidney disease, stroke or dementia. Cold temperatures can also make blood more likely to clot, which can lead to heart attacks and stroke. In addition, cold can also affect the respiratory system, which reduces the lung’s ability to fight off infection explaining why lower temperatures are linked with bronchitis and pneumonia.

Read the full overview here

Read the full campaign here