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IHPN responds to Government White Paper on NHS reform

Date of publication: 11th Feb 2021

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Responding to the publication of the Government’s White Paper on NHS reform, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), said: “With today’s NHS performance figures showing record long waits with almost 225,000 people waiting over one year for vital NHS treatment, these proposals for NHS reform must be judged not only on whether they ensure that patients receive integrated, joined up care, but also that they ensure that patients have quick access to diagnosis and treatment....

Independent providers deliver over 135 000 cancer treatments during pandemic

Date of publication: 4th Feb 2021

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Independent healthcare providers have delivered over 135 000 cancer treatments to both NHS and private patients throughout the coronavirus pandemic, according to new data compiled by the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN). Published on World Cancer Day, the new data from IHPN shows that as part of the historic partnership agreement between the NHS and independent sector hospitals, almost 100 000 cancer treatments were delivered to NHS patients since the end of March 2020. This includes around: 50 000 chemotherapy...

New NHS framework to support patient discharge from hospital

Date of publication: 21st Jan 2021

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Following NHS England’s announcement  of a new national framework to enable independent sector providers of hospital at home and reablement/rehab services to support the NHS in discharging people home from hospital, Danielle Henry, Head of Primary and Community Health Policy at the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “We welcome the NHS’ new framework to help support local areas bolster their community health services and ensure patients can be more swiftly discharged from hospital and get the care they need closer...

IHPN welcomes establishment of new independent Patient Safety Commissioner

Date of publication: 11th Jan 2021

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Responding to the Government’s announcement on their plans to establish an independent Patient Safety Commissioner, Dawn Hodgkins, Director of Regulation at the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “We welcome the Government’s decision to establish a new Patient Safety Commissioner whose remit will include both NHS and privately delivered healthcare, following Baroness Cumberlege’s recommendation in her review earlier this year.  Patient safety is the number one priority for all independent sector providers and we look forward to working with the Patient...

NHS guidance confirms equitable access to covid19 vaccine for independent healthcare staff

Date of publication: 7th Jan 2021

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Following the publication of NHS guidance confirming that independent healthcare staff will have equitable access to the covid19 vaccine, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “Independent healthcare providers have played a key role in health system’s response to the pandemic, delivering care to millions of NHS and private patients. We therefore welcome the latest NHS guidance on rolling out the covid19 vaccine to healthcare workers which clearly states that staff working in the independent healthcare...

Patients and taxpayers set to benefit from NHS deal with independent care providers

Date of publication: 18th Dec 2020

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Patients will get access to more care thanks to the extension of a landmark deal which has already seen people in England benefit from more than two million tests, operations and chemotherapy treatments. Under the NHS deal with England’s independent providers – the first of its kind –the NHS has been able to take advantage of the vast majority of the sector’s operating theatres, beds, equipment and staff to support delivery of covid and non-covid care, during the pandemic. Analysis shows that over 2...

New report shines a light on “Working in the independent health sector”

Date of publication: 18th Dec 2020

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The Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) has today published a new report looking for the first time at the experiences of the more than 85,000 staff working in the independent health sector. Building on focus groups with staff working on the frontline in the sector, as well as leading HR Directors, the report looks at three key areas that the independent health sector has to “offer” to both current and prospective employers around “careers, control and culture”. This mirrors the...

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...