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IHPN responds to new study on "NHS privatisation" and mortality rates

Date of publication: 30th Jun 2022

Categories: Latest news

Responding to the new study from the University of Oxford on "Outsourcing health-care services to the private sector and treatable mortality rates in England", David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), said:  "It was disappointing to read the new research from the University of Oxford where the authors of the study themselves acknowledge that they found absolutely no link between the use of independent providers by the NHS and mortality rates. Indeed, looking at the research...

Battle of the backlog - how can the NHS maximise use of the independent sector to bring down waiting lists?

Date of publication: 24th Jun 2022

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

The 1st April 2022 marked one year since the end of the national covid hospitals contract, and the move within the NHS to the ‘recovery’ phase of the pandemic response. The latest round of Referral to Treatment Time (RTT) data published by the NHS which is for April 2022 gives us a clear insight into the state of the recovery one year on, and whether the NHS’ aim of maximising the usage of independent sector capacity is being realised. Headline...

IHPN responds to latest NHS performance figures

Date of publication: 16th Jun 2022

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Responding to the latest NHS performance figures out today showing a record 6.5 million people are waiting for NHS treatment, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), said: “Despite patients facing ever longer waits for treatment, a recent IHPN survey of our members has found that local NHS systems are asking the majority of independent providers to deliver the same or even less NHS activity in 2022/23 than pre-pandemic, with a quarter of independent providers not...

IHPN responds to record NHS waiting lists

Date of publication: 12th May 2022

Categories: Latest news

Responding to the latest NHS performance figures, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), said: “With today’s figures showing yet another significant jump in the number of people waiting for care with NHS waiting lists at a record 6.4 million, it’s vital that the clear commitments in the recent NHS elective recovery plan to ramp up activity and give patients more choice and control of their care are now translated into concrete action to improve access...

Five key tips to improving workforce planning through data-driven rostering

Date of publication: 4th Nov 2021

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

Paul Walker, Chief Technical Officer at Skills for Health, looks at how data-driven rostering can help improve workforce planning The effective deployment of the workforce underpins all care services. The challenges of ensuring people are in the right roles, with the right skills, crucially at the right time, cannot be understated. To create flexible, sustainable services against the backdrop of the challenge to restore care services, meeting new demands and reducing elective backlogs, we must first understand how best to...

Speaking up for safer care

Date of publication: 29th Apr 2022

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

The ability of staff in the healthcare sector to speak up when they have concerns, and to have those concerns taken seriously, is of paramount importance not only for staff wellbeing, but also for patient safety. The recently published Ockenden Report and the inquiry into Paterson clearly illustrate this point. In the former, the inquiry into maternity services at the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust (SaTH) found many examples where staff were at best ignored when they raised concerns about...

Clearing the air – how healthcare providers can cut emissions from anaesthetic gases and inhalers

Date of publication: 22nd Apr 2022

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

Today, Earth Day 2022, is a good moment to reflect whether we are all doing what we can in the race to achieving net zero. The challenge is huge, particularly in healthcare, and the activities to reduce carbon footprint are wide ranging. But one particular area where healthcare providers can make a real difference in reducing their emissions is around the use of medicines, notably anaesthetic gases and inhalers. Medicines make up a large chunk of the emissions within healthcare,...

Time to take our temperature again…

Date of publication: 16th Feb 2022

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

Back in September 2021, IHPN produced an Industry Barometer which provided a snapshot of how our members view their current business environment. The questions focussed around four areas:  the market; relationships with the NHS, commissioners and systems; the impact of the coronavirus pandemic; and safety, quality and the workforce. The responses captured a moment in time and told a fascinating story of what the key issues are facing independent healthcare who deliver both NHS and privately funded services.  This all...

IHPN responds to record NHS waiting lists

Date of publication: 14th Apr 2022

Categories: Latest news

Responding to the latest NHS performance figures, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), said: “With today’s figures showing yet another record NHS waiting list of 6.2 million, it’s vital that the clear commitments in the recent NHS elective recovery plan to give patients more choice and control of their care are now translated into concrete action to improve access to treatment. “Polling continues to show that patients are willing to travel beyond their local hospital...

New report shows positive “speaking up” culture in independent healthcare

Date of publication: 6th Apr 2022

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Independent healthcare providers have seen a greater improvement in the “speaking up” culture in their organisation over the last year compared with other parts of the healthcare sector, according to the latest report from the National Guardian’s Office (NGO). Surveying over 300 Freedom to Speak Up Guardians, the report found that almost four fifths (78%) of respondents from independent healthcare providers said their organisation’s “speaking up” culture had improved over the last twelve months. This compared to 74% for respondents...