Medical Practitioners Assurance Framework (MPAF) refresh

IHPN have launched a “refresh” of its Medical Practitioners Assurance Framework (MPAF), designed to further improve the safety and quality of care independent providers deliver to patients.

Initially launched in October 2019, the MPAF – led by former National NHS Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh – contains key principles to strengthen and build upon the medical governance systems already in place in the sector and sets out expected practice in a number of key areas.

Care Quality Commission (CQC) now uses the framework’s principles in assessing how well-led an independent service is, with the framework a requirement of the NHS’ 2022/23 Standard Contract which all independent sector providers of NHS-funded care must adhere to.

The MPAF was always designed to be a “live document” and IHPN’s refresh strengthens the framework to ensure it remains in-keeping with current best practice in the health system.

Read the MPAF refresh