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Open or closed? Decision time for NHS integration, says private health chief

Date of publication: 15th Nov 2018

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It’s decision time for NHS integration, Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) Chief Executive David Hare warned today, as he addressed his organisation’s annual Partnerships Summit in London. In his speech, Hare outlined the choice the NHS faces over whether integrated care systems are open; joining up the services of a wide range of providers and welcoming innovation - or closed; ringfenced local monopolies where the public NHS providers attempt to do everything themselves. Integrated care is gathering pace around the world and...

NHS Partners Network rebrands itself as the “Independent Healthcare Providers Network”

Date of publication: 16th Nov 2018

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Following the expansion of its remit earlier this year to cover both NHS and privately funded healthcare in the independent sector, the NHS Partners Network has announced that from 16th November, the trade association will be known as the “Independent Healthcare Providers Network”. Having widely consulted with both members and external stakeholders in the health sector, the decision was made to change the name to ensure the trade organisation’s brand identity fully reflects the wider remit in representing the entire...

Learning lessons from the last NHS 10 year plan

Date of publication: 1st Oct 2018

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This article was originally published in the HSJ IHPN Chief Executive, David Hare, explores the lessons the NHS needs to retain from the last 10 year plan as it embarks on the new Plans by definition are about the future, and about change and difference. But why do so many plans, including those in the NHS, too often disregard the past and resort to a “Year Zero” approach where the often hard won lessons from previous plans are forgotten? “Progress,...

IHPN responds to CQC State of Care report 2018

Date of publication: 11th Oct 2018

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Responding to the CQC’s State Of Care report, Dr Howard Freeman, Clinical Director of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “We welcome the CQC’s State of Care report which shows that over 70 per cent of independent acute hospitals are rated good or outstanding, with the responsiveness and caring nature of services highlighted as a particular strength. “The CQC’s report also highlights the significant number of independent hospitals which are providing outstanding care for children and young people. We want...

IHPN responds to Paterson inquiry terms of reference

Date of publication: 27th Mar 2018

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In response to the publication of the Paterson Inquiry's terms of reference, Dr Howard Freeman, Clinical Director of the IHPN said: “The horrific criminal actions of Paterson, which caused untold pain and suffering for his victims, brought to light failings across the healthcare system in both the NHS and independent hospitals. We welcome today’s publication of the Paterson Inquiry’s terms of reference, which rightly puts the voices of patients and families at the heart of the inquiry and we look forward...

IHPN responds to CQC report on independent sector hospitals

Date of publication: 11th Apr 2018

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Responding to the Care Quality Commission's analysis of the quality and safety of care provided by independent acute hospitals across England, Dr Howard Freeman, Clinical Director at Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “We welcome the CQC’s report which highlights that 70 per cent of independent acute hospitals are rated good or outstanding, and play a significant role in delivering caring and responsive services for both NHS and private patients. Providing safe and high-quality care for patients is the top priority for independent...

Latest NHS stats mark two years since 18 week RTT target last met

Date of publication: 12th Apr 2018

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In response to NHS England’s latest performance figures which show it has been exactly 2 years since the NHS last met its target to treat 92% of elective patients within 18 weeks, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network said: “Today’s figures marks two years since the NHS last met its constitutional target to treat 92% of elective patients within 18 weeks, with millions of patients being forced to wait ever longer for vital procedures such as...

IHPN expands its team with two new senior appointments

Date of publication: 4th May 2018

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The Independent Healthcare Providers Network has made two new senior appointments to the team following the recent announcement that the Network will represent the entire independent health sector, including both NHS and privately funded care, from 1st June. David Furness will join the team as Director of Policy and Delivery from his role at NHS Improvement where he is currently a Senior Policy Adviser, covering areas such as choice and competition; acute care policy and community services. David has experience...

IHPN responds to Jeremy Hunt letter to private hospitals

Date of publication: 8th May 2018

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In response to the Secretary of State’s for Health's letter to private hospitals regarding safety in the sector, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “The Care Quality Commission recently found that the overwhelming majority of care in the independent hospital sector is high-quality with nearly three-quarters of all independent sector hospitals rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’, which compares favourably to similar services in the NHS. “However, the report also identified areas for improvement and as responsible...

IHPN responds to Secretary of State letter on safety in independent hospitals

Date of publication: 23rd May 2018

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The Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) has today published its response to the Secretary of State for Health’s recent letter to IHPN where he sought assurances that safe care is being consistently provided across the independent hospital sector. Building on existing work that IHPN and its members have been doing to identify the areas where safety and quality standards can be further improved in the independent acute sector, IHPN’s response stresses the importance to all independent hospitals of delivering high quality...