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NHS Partners Network rebrands itself as the “Independent Healthcare Providers Network”

Date of publication: 16th Nov 2018

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Following the expansion of its remit earlier this year to cover both NHS and privately funded healthcare in the independent sector, the NHS Partners Network has announced that from 16th November, the trade association will be known as the “Independent Healthcare Providers Network”. Having widely consulted with both members and external stakeholders in the health sector, the decision was made to change the name to ensure the trade organisation’s brand identity fully reflects the wider remit in representing the entire...

Open or closed? Decision time for NHS integration, says private health chief

Date of publication: 15th Nov 2018

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It’s decision time for NHS integration, Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) Chief Executive David Hare warned today, as he addressed his organisation’s annual Partnerships Summit in London. In his speech, Hare outlined the choice the NHS faces over whether integrated care systems are open; joining up the services of a wide range of providers and welcoming innovation - or closed; ringfenced local monopolies where the public NHS providers attempt to do everything themselves. Integrated care is gathering pace around the world and...

Workforce Culture – Bringing Safety from Board to Ward

Date of publication: 15th Nov 2018

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

Ahead of our IHPN summit breakout session on “Safety in hospitals: Building cultures of success", Jodie Sinclair, Head of Employment Immigration and Pensions at Bevan Brittan, looks at the issues surrounding patient safety in the independent sector Driving up standards of safety, clinical governance and accountability rightly continue to be priorities for the healthcare sector. However, with many of the recommendations of the Francis Inquiry still to be fully embedded and the current Bishop of Norwich Inquiry ongoing, it is clear...

Integrated or insular? What the integration agenda means for patients and the independent sector

Date of publication: 13th Nov 2018

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

Ahead of our IHPN Summit this week, IHPN Policy Director David Furness tells us what we need to know about the health and care integration.  The BBC’s superb documentary “Ambulance” is about much more than flashing blue lights. In a recent episode an ambulance crew was dispatched to an elderly couple in distress. The ambulance had been called because the elderly gentleman was complaining of severe pain and his wife was worried. While the crew were there, the true picture of that...

Will the future ever arrive? The promise of the digital revolution in healthcare

Date of publication: 9th Nov 2018

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

Ahead of our independent Healthcare Provider Network summit breakout session on "The promise of the digital revolution in healthcare", Vincent Buscemi, Partner and Independent Health lead at Bevan Brittan, looks at the issues surrounding digital tech in the health service There’s been an expectation of a digital future in the NHS for many years, but there’s wide acceptance that the sector has been to slow to adopt new technologies and innovation in connected care. Health and Social Care Secretary Matt...

IHPN responds to CQC State of Care report 2018

Date of publication: 11th Oct 2018

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Responding to the CQC’s State Of Care report, Dr Howard Freeman, Clinical Director of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “We welcome the CQC’s State of Care report which shows that over 70 per cent of independent acute hospitals are rated good or outstanding, with the responsiveness and caring nature of services highlighted as a particular strength. “The CQC’s report also highlights the significant number of independent hospitals which are providing outstanding care for children and young people. We want...

Learning lessons from the last NHS 10 year plan

Date of publication: 1st Oct 2018

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

This article was originally published in the HSJ IHPN Chief Executive, David Hare, explores the lessons the NHS needs to retain from the last 10 year plan as it embarks on the new Plans by definition are about the future, and about change and difference. But why do so many plans, including those in the NHS, too often disregard the past and resort to a “Year Zero” approach where the often hard won lessons from previous plans are forgotten? “Progress,...

Population health for the 21st century

Date of publication: 21st Aug 2018

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

This article was originally published in National Health Executive Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) chief executive David Hare discusses the themes covered at his organisation’s Confed18 panel debate on population health management and integrated care. Population health management and integrated care was the key theme at this year’s Confed18 in Manchester, with no fewer than nine events looking at this issue over two days. It’s the issue of the day for the NHS, and there wasn’t a spare seat to...

No. of patients waiting more than 18 weeks for surgery set to double to almost 1 million

Date of publication: 10th Aug 2018

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New analysis of NHS waiting times in England has found that the number of people waiting over the government target of 18 weeks for elective surgery will almost double by 2024 to nearly one million if current trends continue. The target for 92% of people to be treated within 18 weeks of referral has not been met for over two years and unless action is taken to halt the decline more NHS patients will be forced to wait longer for...

Why the NHS’s 10 year plan must grasp the nettle of plural provision within integrated care systems

Date of publication: 8th Aug 2018

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

This article was originally published in the Health Service Journal The NHS needs to be open towards plurality, preserving benefits of a diverse range of independent providers. By David Hare and Jo Pritchard (Social Enterprise UK) A diverse provider market in the NHS is a fact of life (67 per cent of out of hours services delivered by social enterprises; 40 per cent+ community services by non-statutory providers) and as the NHS looks to develop its 10 year plan, these providers...