Investment in PPU could pay for itself

Independent Practitioner Today’s series reviewing the NHS private patient unit (PPU) sector shifts its gaze to the West Midlands. Philip Housden analyses private patient revenue growth for 15 NHS acute trusts across Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and the cities of the West Midlands conurbation.

For this group of trusts, the accounts show that total private patient revenues declined in 2016-17 after a period of growth.

ppu-image-1Total revenues were £17.95m in 2016-17, up 4.1% from £17.2m in 2014-15, but a drop of £0.4m and 2.2% on the previous year (Figure 1, see right).*

This now represents 0.32% of these trusts’ total revenues, with an accelerating declining trend over the last few years, down from 0.37% four years ago. This is below the combined national average outside of London of 0.5%.

These 15 acute trusts vary significantly by turnover and private patient revenues (Figure 2).