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New report demonstrates the importance of independent sector partnerships in delivering the NHS Long-Term Plan

Date of publication: 19th Jun 2019

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The Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) has today launched a new report, Working together to deliver the NHS Long Term Plan, demonstrating how the independent sector is already helping to deliver the healthcare priorities outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan.

The Long-Term Plan promised to “increase the focus on NHS organisations working with their local partners” to plan and deliver services that meet local needs and this report shows this commitment in action. Since its inception in 1948, the NHS has always been a partnership between publicly-owned providers and independent organisations – including GPs, pharmacies, charities, social enterprises and the independent sector – with non-statutory bodies currently delivering a range of vital NHS services from innovative and accessible primary and community services, through to integrated diagnostics services, and high-quality and accessible elective and specialist surgery.

As the NHS looks ahead to the next decade with the publication of its Long Term Plan, IHPN are calling for NHS and independent sector partnerships to be strengthened. Independent providers are part of the solution to fulfil the Plan’s ambition to save up to half a million lives through more focus on prevention, early diagnosis and the delivery of cutting edge treatment, and more needs to be done to enable and promote partnership working across more areas of the country to benefit patients and tax payers alike.

This report shows how innovative, integrated services can be provided through partnerships between different providers – a key learning point for the development of integrated care systems.

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

“I’m delighted to be launching this report at Confed19 which showcases just some of the many exciting independent sector/NHS collaborations which are delivering real benefits to both patients and the NHS.

“Whether it’s delivering innovative and accessible primary and community services, providing integrated diagnostics services supporting early diagnosis of cancer and other diseases, to delivering high-quality and accessible elective and specialist surgery, this report demonstrates that these partnerships make a real difference to millions of NHS patients every year.

“And as the NHS moves into the next decade, it’s vital this collaboration continues and the NHS utilises the capital, capacity and capability that the independent sector delivers to ensure our NHS is fighting fit in the years to come.”