A nice place to work

A new report shines a positive light on working in the independent health sector. David Hare reports.

The Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) wants to raise awareness of the private sector as a place for doctors, nurses and other front-line staff to develop and enjoy their career – and ultimately to make a difference to millions of patients’ lives every year.

The UK independent health sector is home to world-renowned doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals whose expertise plays a key role in attracting millions of domestic and international patients every year. 

But with the NHS as the largest employer of healthcare staff in the UK – and indeed in Europe as a whole – there is often very little focus on the experiences of the sector’s 100,000 strong workforce.

At the end of 2020, the IHPN was therefore delighted to publish our first ever report looking at this issue.

It shines a light on what the sector has to offer to both current and prospective healthcare employees in terms of careers, control and culture and sharing the stories of many of those working in independent healthcare. 

Compassionate working culture