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Independent health sector anticipate strong growth in both NHS and private pay markets in 2021  

Date of publication: 24th Sep 2020

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Independent healthcare providers are anticipating strong growth in both their NHS and private pay markets in the coming year, according to a new survey conducted by the sector’s industry body. Findings from the Independent Healthcare Providers Network’s (IHPN) first ever “Industry Barometer” – which surveyed providers from across the independent health sector – show that while the impact of covid19 has proven extremely challenging for the sector, IHPN members feel positive around the future of their key markets and are...

NHS junior doctors to benefit from new training opportunities in independent hospitals

Date of publication: 8th Sep 2020

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Junior doctors in the NHS will now be able to undertake their training in independent hospitals thanks to a new agreement reached between independent healthcare providers and the NHS. Independent hospitals currently deliver around half a million NHS procedures every year and since the historic agreement to make available virtually all independent hospital capacity to support the NHS in tackling the coronavirus pandemic, hundreds of thousands of NHS patients (including those needing critical cancer care) have been treated in independent...

IHPN responds to new NHS People Plan

Date of publication: 30th Jul 2020

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Responding to the publication of the NHS People Plan, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “The covid19 pandemic has demonstrated just how critical healthcare workers, including those in the independent sector, are in keeping our nation safe. We therefore welcome today’s NHS People Plan which sets out some a clear vision to improve recruitment and training of the healthcare workforce, as well as improve the culture and day to day experience of staff across the...

IHPN responds to announcement on additional winter funding for NHS

Date of publication: 17th Jul 2020

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Responding to the Government's announcement of additional funding for the NHS this winter, an IHPN spokesperson said: “We welcome the government’s announcement of £3 billion of extra funding for the NHS over winter which they have indicated will include funding for independent sector capacity. Discussions are ongoing between government and the independent sector over the short and medium term arrangements for the deployment of that funding.”

IHPN responds to new Health and Care Visa

Date of publication: 14th Jul 2020

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Responding to the Government’s announcement of a new Health and Care Visa, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “The covid19 pandemic has demonstrated the vital contribution migrant healthcare workers, including those in the independent sector, make in keeping the country safe. We are therefore pleased that the Government has recognised this and have rightly granted overseas healthcare staff who work in independent providers delivering NHS services exemption from the Immigration Health Surcharge, as well as...

IHPN responds to independent safety review into medicines and medical devices

Date of publication: 8th Jul 2020

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Responding to the publication of Baroness Cumberlege’s Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review, Dr Howard Freeman, Clinical Director of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “At a time of rapid growth of implantable medical devices both in the UK and internationally, it’s vital that we have a more joined up approach to recording and regulating the use of medical devices across the whole healthcare system to keep patients safe. “The independent sector is committed to putting patients at the...

New report shows independent sector rising to the challenge during covid19

Date of publication: 6th Jul 2020

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The Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) has today launched a new report, "Working-together-during-covid19, demonstrating how the independent sector has been working with the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic to ensure that many hundreds of thousands of patients can get access to the treatment they need. While NHS and independent healthcare providers have been working together to deliver high quality NHS patient care for over 70 years, with the onset of coronavirus earlier this year these partnerships have strengthened and renewed...

IHPN responds to new NHS "Help us help you" campaign

Date of publication: 27th Apr 2020

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Responding to the NHS’ new “Help us help you” campaign to persuade the public to seek the urgent care and treatment they need, David Hare, Chief Executive of Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: "This new public information campaign to persuade people to seek the care and treatment they need is hugely welcome. “The NHS has gone to huge lengths to ensure that it has all the capacity it needs to treat both COVID19 patients as well as those with urgent...

Partnership established to increase NHS diagnostics capacity in the fight against COVID19

Date of publication: 23rd Apr 2020

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A new partnership between independent sector diagnostics providers and the NHS has been announced today which will increase the supply of state of the art scanners and expert radiographers, playing a key part in the accurate diagnosis of people with suspected Covid-19 infection. In total the partnership, brokered by the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), will see 33 scanners being made available to the NHS, along with 300 radiographers and clinical assistants who will operate the service across the country...

NHS Strikes Major Deal To Expand Hospital Capacity to Battle Coronavirus

Date of publication: 21st Mar 2020

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More beds, ventilators and thousands of extra healthcare staff will be made urgently available from next week to aid the NHS fight against coronavirus, thanks to a major deal agreed between NHS England and the nation's independent hospitals. Nearly 20,000 fully qualified staff will be joining the NHS response to the pandemic, helping manage the expected surge in cases. The extra resources now secured by the health service will not only be available to treat coronavirus patients, but will also...