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IHPN launches new animation for patients on what to expect from independent healthcare

Date of publication: 24th Jan 2020

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The Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) have today launched a new animation for patients on what to expect from independent healthcare.

With almost 2 million acute patient journeys across the independent sector every year, it’s vital that patients who choose to either self-fund their care or use private medical insurance, are as fully informed as possible when receiving independent health. With the support of the Patients Association, IHPN have therefore developed a short film setting out their rights around being treated safely, receiving the highest professional standards of care, and having a good patient experience.

This follows the recent launch of IHPN’s Medical Practitioners Assurance Framework, also developed with the support of the Patients Association, as well as the Care Quality Commission (CQC), General Medical Council (GMC), and medical Royal Colleges, which aims to improve consistency in medical governance in the independent health sector and sets out the responsibilities of both doctors and independent healthcare providers in delivering safe and effective care. This animation seeks to build on this work and empower patients seeking independent treatment with the information they need to make informed decisions about their care.

David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said:

“All independent healthcare providers have a duty to ensure patients are treated safely, receive the highest professional standards of care and have a good patient experience. We were therefore delighted to work with the Patients Association on developing this animation to help patients better understand their rights in this area, which we hope will empower people to make the best possible decisions about their treatment.”

Rachel Power, Chief Executive of the Patients Association, said:

“We believe any effort to improve patient care must seek to incorporate an understanding of patients’ experiences. It was a privilege to be invited to represent the patient voice during the development of IHPN’s Medical Practitioners Assurance framework, and we hope that that this animation, will empower patients to fully engage with their care.”

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