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Lord Patel of Bradford OBE announced as new IHPN Chair

Date of publication: 16th Nov 2020

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The Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) has today announced the appointment of Lord Kamlesh Patel of Bradford as its first ever non-executive chair. Lord Patel replaces current chair and Spire Healthcare CEO, Justin Ash, who has served in this role since 2018. As the only membership organisation representing independent healthcare providers across the UK, IHPN has played a key role in supporting the response to the coronavirus pandemic. This includes brokering the historic deal which saw the entire independent hospital...

IHPN welcomes news of no change to CQC fees

Date of publication: 29th Oct 2020

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Responding to the CQC’s announcement that the CQC fees scheme will not change in 2020/21, Dawn Hodgkins, Director of Regulation at the Independent Healthcare Provider Network’s (IHPN), said: “We welcome today’s announcement from the CQC that fees for providers covering registration, monitoring and inspection will be held at the same level next year. This will provide welcome certainty for independent providers who are making plans and setting budgets in a challenging external environment.”

IHPN responds to GMC National Training Survey

Date of publication: 22nd Oct 2020

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Responding to the GMC’s 2020 National training survey report, Dawn Hodgkins, Director of Regulation at the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), said: “We welcome today’s report from the GMC which provides a valuable insight into the experiences of medical trainees during the pandemic. Responding to covid has of course caused disruption to the training of many NHS junior doctors, however the GMC is right to emphasise the work that has gone in recent months to enable trainees to work more...

IHPN responds to CQC State of Care report 2019/20

Date of publication: 16th Oct 2020

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Responding to the publication of the Care Quality Commission’s State of Care 2019/20 report, Dawn Hodgkins, Director of 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 rated good or outstanding with clear improvement over the last year in all of the CQC’s key domains - demonstrating the sector’s commitment to providing the best possible patient care.” “As the CQC...

IHPN responds to Sir Mike Richards review of diagnostics services

Date of publication: 1st Oct 2020

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Responding to the publication of Sir Mike Richards’ review into diagnostics services, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network said: “We welcome Sir Mike Richard’s review into diagnostics services, which rightly calls for the NHS to maximise the use of independent sector capacity to help clear the backlog of delayed and cancelled tests. “The report makes important recommendations including the need to double CT scanning capacity over the next five years and significantly expand capacity in other...

IHPN responds to Health Select Committee report into delivering core NHS services during the pandemic

Date of publication: 1st Oct 2020

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Responding to today’s Health and Social Care Committee report into “Delivering core NHS and Care services during the pandemic and beyond”, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “We welcome today’s Commons Health and Social Care Select Committee’s report which highlights the significant contribution that independent healthcare providers have made in ensuring vital NHS treatment, notably cancer care, could continue during the start of the pandemic. “The Committee also rightly emphasises the importance of setting out...

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.”