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IHPN responds to appointment of new NHS Chief Executive

Date of publication: 28th Jul 2021

Categories: Latest news

Responding to the appointment of Amanda Pritchard as the new Chief Executive of NHS England, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), said: “On behalf of our members, IHPN would like to congratulate Amanda Pritchard on her appointment as the new Chief Executive of NHS England. “Independent healthcare providers have played a pivotal role in supporting the NHS through the pandemic and we look forward to working with Amanda to build on these successful partnerships and...

IHPN responds to Government response to IMMDS review

Date of publication: 21st Jul 2021

Categories: Latest news

Responding to the Government’s response to the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review, Dawn Hodgkins, Director of Regulation at the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), said: “Today’s Government response to the “Independent Medicine and Medical Devices Safety Review” sets out a number of key steps to better ensure any patient concerns around medicines and medical devices can be identified and acted upon as quickly and effectively as possible, including through the appointment of a new Patient Safety Commissioner as...

The right diagnosis? What will Community Diagnostics Hubs mean for local healthcare systems?

Date of publication: 15th Jul 2021

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

It is almost nine months since Professor Sir Mike Richards’ report, Diagnostics: Recovery and Renewal, was approved by the NHS England & NHS Improvement Board. This report paved the way to reimagine what diagnostics provision could look like in England - not only to build up much needed capacity but also to take a more innovative and patient centred approach to service design. The subsequent strategic ambitions for NHS diagnostic services set this out clearly - to deliver services that...

Safety through regulation – how the independent sector is playing its role in improving patient safety and quality

Date of publication: 14th Jul 2021

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

Read IHPN's Director of Regulation, Dawn Hodgkins reflections on IHPN's recent "Safety through regulation conference"  With the covid pandemic unfortunately leading IHPN to delay our annual “Safety through regulation” conference in summer 2020, it was great to finally hold the event this year and share our experiences on how the independent healthcare sector can continuously improve patient safety and quality across the healthcare system. The event, attended by over 100 independent healthcare representatives, began with Prof Ted Baker, Chief Inspector...

The healthcare landscape is changing - can Interim Management help manage change and seize opportunities?

Date of publication: 12th Jul 2021

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

Andrew Vaux, Head of Independent Health and Social Care  at Practicus, looks at whether Interim Management help independent healthcare providers manage change and seize opportunities in a changing healthcare landscape  Today’s reality is COVID is endemic and will need to be factored into healthcare planning such as prevention measures, capacity management and sustained vaccination programmes. Indeed, the response to the pandemic by healthcare providers is causing seismic shifts in how and where care is provided. This is reflected in the...

IHPN calls on NHS to "lean on" independent sector for covid19 support

Date of publication: 8th Jul 2021

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

Responding to the latest NHS performance stats published today, David Furness, Director of Policy at the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), said: “With today’s figures showing the largest NHS waiting list on record at 5.3 million and well over 7.5 million “missing” people from the list who will need treatment, the time has come for the government to set out a clear plan on how patient access to NHS care will be restored. “The scale of the challenge is enormous...

IHPN welcomes new patient safety announcements in Health and Care Bill

Date of publication: 7th Jul 2021

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Responding to new safety measures announced in the Health and Care Bill, including the establishment of the Health Service Safety Investigation Body (HSSIB) and the role of Medical Examiners in law, Dawn Hodgkins, Director of Regulation at the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “With independent healthcare providers delivering care to millions of patients every year, IHPN have long been calling for a “whole systems” approach to patient safety and quality and we welcome the measures set out in the new...

IHPN responds to publication of new Health and Care Bill

Date of publication: 6th Jul 2021

Categories: Latest news

Responding to the publication of the Government's new Health and Care Bill, David Furness, Director of Policy at the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), said: “We welcome the publication of this Bill which signals the start of an important debate about the future direction of the NHS. "As the new Health Secretary rightly stated last week, tackling the growing backlog of NHS treatment will need to be an “absolute priority” for the Government in the coming months and years. While...

How can the independent sector support Sajid Javid’s burgeoning in-tray?

Date of publication: 30th Jun 2021

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

IHPN's Policy Director, David Furness, takes a look at what the key priorities will be for the new Health and Social Care Secretary, and how the independent sector can help him to deliver them Becoming Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and ultimately overseeing a £120bn+ health service which treats over a million patients every 24 hours is always a daunting task. But with a global pandemic that “has not thrown its last surprise at us”, an elective...

RTT data - a window on elective care recovery

Date of publication: 11th Jun 2021

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

IHPN’s Head of Acute Care Policy, John Hopgood, looks at why this month’s Referral-to-Treatment waiting times data carries particular significance for the independent sector. The monthly publication of data from NHS England this week carries more significance than usual. Not only is it our first chance to have a detailed look at activity since the start of the 2021/22 financial year (and the end of the National Hospitals Contract), but it’s also the biggest indication yet as to where recovery...