Horizon scanning 2016


11 / 7 / 2016 8.30am

Take a look at what activities are coming up across the NHS from July to September 2016, that impact on HR directors.

Our horizon-scanning page details events and activities that HR directors need to be aware of, or that require action, as well as useful information and resources to support you. 

Specific dates are included where known, however some events or activities may have dates that are not yet confirmed. 

The page will be updated regularly with any new information. If you have any suggestions for content, please email nationalengagement@nhsemployers.org 




Further information and resources

1 July Maximum wage rates take effect under NHS Improvement agency rules. Read the agency rules.
1 July BMA referendum on junior doctors’ contract closes. Result will be confirmed by 6 July.
Find out more about the contract. 
1 July NHS organisations can start submitting Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) data. Deadline for all submissions is 1 August.

Read about the WRES on NHS England’s website and read our key findings from the inaugural report.

1 July Local implementation of health and wellbeing plans starts, as linked to potential CQUIN payments for trusts who improving staff wellbeing.
Read about the CQUIN guidance
1 July New agency rules come into effect for ambulance trusts.
Read about the rules on the gov.uk website 
During July NHS Employers will meet with BMA Consultant Committee in July, to finalise details of the best contract available by negotiation and analyse more detailed local testing with sample trusts.

During July The National Guardian Office is running a series of regional events to support employers with the recruitment of freedom to speak up (FTSU) guardians.
Sign up to one of the events
During July Local digital roadmaps (LDRs) will be reviewed in July 2016 within the context of sustainability and transformation plans.  
More information on the LDRs
Durng July NHS Employers and NHS Providers will begin gathering evidence for the pay reviews bodies, for submission in September 2016.
Find out more about how to submit evidence
3 July Section 24 of the Enterprise Act 2016 comes into effect, allowing regulations to be made setting targets for the number of apprentices in public bodies. The targets will then come into effect in Autumn 2016. Read about the act on the gov.uk website
4-5 July First cohort begins the aspirant director of workforce career development programme, as part of the NHS HR professional development strategy. Further information on the programme
 21 July Medical staffing leads webinar on the implementation of the junior doctors' contract More details and how to book a place on the webinar
26 July Guardian of safe working hours event takes place in London, for newly appointed guardians to gain a better understanding of their role. Guardians should be appointed by this date. More detail and how to book a place at the event
31 July Government’s open consultation into the carers strategy closes at 11:45 pm. Find out more about the strategy on the Equality and Diversity Forum website
31 July Legal requirement comes into effect for all organisations that provide NHS or publicly funded adult social care to fully implement and conform to the NHS England Accessible Information Standard. Find out more about the standard on NHS England’s website, and read NHS Employers’ blog on the barriers to accessing healthcare for people with hearing loss or who are deafblind. 
31 July Deadline for assessment and review of sustainability and transformation plans (STP) to be completed by NHS England. More information on STPs from the NHS England website.
31 July Deadline for appointment of all guardians of safe working hours, as outlined in the junior doctors’ contract.
Read more about the contract and access the guardian job description.


Date Activity  Further information and resources 
1 August Deadline for NHS organisations to submit Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) data.
More detail on NHS England's website.  
3 August The new junior doctor contract is live for GP trainees and trainees in hospital training posts in England Read the detail of the contract 


Date Activity  Further information and resources 
During September NHS England and vanguards will co-produce frameworks for the new organisational forms that will help other areas to deliver new care models.  Read the latest updates on the new care models on the NHS England website.
During September NHS England will develop a set of indicators to help the local NHS benchmark and improve their maternity services. 
Read the results of NHS England’s national maternity services review from February 2016.
During September Applications will open for the second cohort on the aspirant director of workforce programme.
Find out more abut the programme. 
During September NHS England will begin to roll out a national system of cancer alliances.
More detail on NHS England's cancer strategy
1 September Deadline for 51,000 nurses and midwives to submit revalidation applications.  Employers advised to support individuals well in advance of this deadline.
Access our guidance on supporting your nurses and midwives to revalidate. 
21 September NHS Employers Diversity and Inclusion conference.
Find out more about the event and book your place.
31 September All trusts are expected to have a freedom to speak up guardian in post by 1 October 2016.
More detail on the guardian role.
End of Sept/start of Oct Trusts advised to begin flu vaccination campaigns.
Access information and resources about our flu fighter campaign.

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