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IHPN responds to CQC "State of Care" report

Date of publication: 22nd Oct 2021

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Responding to the publication of the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) State of Care report, Dawn Hodgkins, Director of the Regulation at the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), said:  “We welcome the CQC’s State of Care report which shows that almost 90% per cent of independent acute services are now rated good or outstanding - demonstrating the sector’s clear commitment to providing the best possible patient care.” “As the CQC rightly highlights in their report, NHS and independent providers have worked...

IHPN wins “Best Covid-19 Crisis Response” at the Association Excellence Awards

Date of publication: 14th Oct 2021

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The Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) has been announced as the winner of the “Best Covid-19 Crisis Response” at this year’s Association Excellence Awards which took place in Central London. The Association Excellence Awards “salute, celebrate and encourage the vital work that associations, trade organisations, unions and industry bodies do for and on behalf of their members to ensure their voices are heard and their causes are championed.” Seeing off competition from trade associations and membership groups across the entirety...

IHPN responds to latest NHS performance stats

Date of publication: 14th Oct 2021

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Responding to the latest NHS performance figures published today, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), said:   “Despite the hard work of healthcare staff across the country, today’s record NHS waiting list of 5.7 million underlines the ever growing challenges patients are facing in accessing NHS care and why recovering NHS performance must now be the government’s top priority. “As we await the government’s plan for bringing down waiting lists, it is critical that local...

IHPN statement on the Covid-19 partnership with the NHS

Date of publication: 8th Oct 2021

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In March 2020, as Covid-19 first took hold in the UK, NHS England announced a historic partnership with the independent hospital sector. This meant that almost 30 independent hospital groups made their entire capacity (staff, estate, and equipment) available to the NHS on an at-cost basis. A recent report[1] has led to media reporting that contains some important misconceptions about this partnership. This statement is intended to provide further context and information to promote better understanding of the issues. Claim...

Should private providers sit on Integrated Care Boards?

Date of publication: 20th Sep 2021

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

Under the new Health and Care Bill working its way through Parliament, Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) will replace CCGs in planning and commissioning health care services in local areas. In a way that CCGs are not, ICBs will also be directly accountable for NHS spend and provider performance in their local area. The composition of ICBs is currently a matter of debate. And this debate matters because these Boards will have a really important job to do, both to meet...

IHPN marks third annual World Patient Safety Day

Date of publication: 17th Sep 2021

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

Patient safety remains the number one priority for independent healthcare providers, and IHPN are delighted to mark the third ever World Patient Safety Day – set up by the World Health Organisation to bring about global solidarity and concerted action to improve patient safety. Over the past few years the entire healthcare sector has seen a change in the approach and understanding of patient safety, with safety experts from across different industries coming together in the interests of patients and...

Community health services – are you ready for your close up? 

Date of publication: 10th Sep 2021

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

Much of what is written about healthcare in England understandably tends to focus on what is happening in hospitals and GP surgeries. We hear a lot less about the provision of community health services despite the fact that shifting more care out of hospital and into the community is one of the ambitions outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan. NHS England state that community health services will “meet the changing needs of the country over the coming decade”. It is fair to say that community health services are poorly understood - so, to correct that balance, here is a brief but close up look...

IHPN responds to latest NHS performance figures

Date of publication: 9th Sep 2021

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Responding to the latest NHS performance figures published today, David Furness, Director of Policy at the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), said: “Today’s figures show the largest ever NHS waiting list on record at 5.6 million and the government has said that this could potentially rise to 13 million. It’s clear that the entire healthcare system has a mammoth challenge ahead of it in ensuring that people can get the treatment they need. “Alongside the important funding boost announced this...

IHPN responds to record NHS waiting list figures

Date of publication: 12th Aug 2021

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Responding to the latest NHS performance figures published today, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “Today’s figures show a significant increase in the number of people waiting for care, with the largest ever NHS waiting list on record at 5.5 million. And with 7.5 million “missing” people from the list who will need treatment, the Government must urgently set out a clear plan on how patient access to NHS care will be restored. “The scale...

IHPN responds to appointment of new NHS Chief Executive

Date of publication: 28th Jul 2021

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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...