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Independent Healthcare Voices is a platform for healthcare and other industry leaders to share their views, observations and insight on the independent health sector and wider health and social care issues with the aim of sparking debates, spreading learning across the system and sharing solutions to tricky and common challenges facing local services.

Please note that all views expressed are those of the individual author, not of the NHS Confederation.

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What does "NHS privatisation" really mean to the public?

Date of publication: 30th Apr 2019

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

With current NHS proposals for legislative change being billed as necessary to "end NHS privatisation", IHPN Policy Director, David Furness, looks at the latest research on what the public really believe "NHS privatisation" represents.  Should Benjamin Franklin be around today, I’d invite him to update his famous aphorism, that in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes, and newspaper articles about NHS privatisation. Only last month, we heard that Matt Hancock is going “full...

Throwing the baby out with the bath water

Date of publication: 22nd Mar 2019

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

Following on from IHPN's event on "How will patient choice and personalisation work in Integrated Care Systems", Reform Director Andrew Haldenby gives his reflections on the future direction of the NHS Earlier this week I was lucky enough to speak at an event organised by the Independent Healthcare Providers’ Network, the body that represents private sector organisations working in partnership with the NHS. The event asked whether the NHS can do two things that look contradictory: deliver a more responsive...

NHS England's review into waiting times targets - how 11 can be much longer than 18

Date of publication: 18th Mar 2019

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

On 11 March, NHS England’s Medical Director, Steve Powis, published his clinical review of NHS access standards. The proposals to change the four-hour A&E waiting target grabbed the headlines, but the potential changes to the 18-week waiting standard could have a profound effect on potentially millions of patients argues IHPN's data analyst Graham Kendall. The case for change Digital appointments. The report argues that the NHS Long Term Plan’s proposal to introduce digital appointments will mean that “over the next...

What will be the effect of the NHS’ calls for new health legislation?

Date of publication: 1st Mar 2019

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

IHPN Chief Executive, David Hare, looks at what the NHS' call for new health legislation will mean for patients and taxpayers Yesterday NHS England and NHS Improvement provided further details of their proposals for NHS legislative change. Seasoned health policy observers will not have been surprised by the general direction of travel since moves towards greater ‘integration’ of services have been underway for some time, but the devil is usually in the detail, and on this occasion that certainly seems...

Unlocking the benefits of community healthcare

Date of publication: 26th Feb 2019

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

Professor Andrew Walton, Executive Chair of Connect Health, looks at what lessons can be learned from community healthcare when implementing the NHS Long Term Plan ambitions to deliver more patient centred care. “Bringing care closer to home” so that patients can access high quality services in their local communities has long been an objective of successive Governments. However too often when the NHS needs to make efficiencies, community health services are the first place to be hit - despite some...

The time is right for the private sector to apply global best practice to the UK market

Date of publication: 11th Jan 2019

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

Dr Mark Ratnarajah, UK Managing Director of CRAB Clinical Informatics, looks at how healthcare data is being used around the world to drive improvements in patient outcomes and value for money. Anyone with an eye on healthcare systems in the United States (US), Australia or New Zealand (ANZ) will know that healthcare companies are moving away from fee for service models towards value-based remuneration in recognition of the importance of measuring outcomes rather than process. The shift in emphasis in the...

Workforce Culture – Bringing Safety from Board to Ward

Date of publication: 15th Nov 2018

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

Ahead of our IHPN summit breakout session on “Safety in hospitals: Building cultures of success", Jodie Sinclair, Head of Employment Immigration and Pensions at Bevan Brittan, looks at the issues surrounding patient safety in the independent sector Driving up standards of safety, clinical governance and accountability rightly continue to be priorities for the healthcare sector. However, with many of the recommendations of the Francis Inquiry still to be fully embedded and the current Bishop of Norwich Inquiry ongoing, it is clear...

Integrated or insular? What the integration agenda means for patients and the independent sector

Date of publication: 13th Nov 2018

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Ahead of our IHPN Summit this week, IHPN Policy Director David Furness tells us what we need to know about the health and care integration.  The BBC’s superb documentary “Ambulance” is about much more than flashing blue lights. In a recent episode an ambulance crew was dispatched to an elderly couple in distress. The ambulance had been called because the elderly gentleman was complaining of severe pain and his wife was worried. While the crew were there, the true picture of that...

Will the future ever arrive? The promise of the digital revolution in healthcare

Date of publication: 9th Nov 2018

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

Ahead of our independent Healthcare Provider Network summit breakout session on "The promise of the digital revolution in healthcare", Vincent Buscemi, Partner and Independent Health lead at Bevan Brittan, looks at the issues surrounding digital tech in the health service There’s been an expectation of a digital future in the NHS for many years, but there’s wide acceptance that the sector has been to slow to adopt new technologies and innovation in connected care. Health and Social Care Secretary Matt...

Learning lessons from the last NHS 10 year plan

Date of publication: 1st Oct 2018

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

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,...