Private sector’s pandemic response wins national award

Life-saving work in the pandemic by the private hospital sector has been recognised with a major award for The Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN).

IHPN chief executive David Hare receives the award from Suzanne Singleton, Head of Associations at London & Partners

It has won the ‘Best Covid-19 Crisis Response’ at this year’s Association Excellence Award in Central London. 

The Association Excellence Awards ‘salute, celebrate and encourage the vital work that associations, trade organisations, unions and industry bodies do for and on behalf of their members to ensure their voices are heard and their causes are championed’. 

Seeing off competition from trade associations and membership groups across the entirety of the UK economy, IHPN’s award recognised the support it provided to members throughout the pandemic. 

This included the brokering of the historic partnership agreement between the NHS and independent hospital sector in England and Wales which led to the delivery of over 3.5m NHS procedures across the two nations as well as support for a similar partnership between the health service and independent diagnostics providers. 

Vital assistance

There was also recognition for IHPN’s work to ensure all independent healthcare sector staff had access to Covid-19 testing, PPE, vaccines, key worker status and other vital assistance.

IHPN also won silver in the ‘Best membership support during Covid-19’ category.

Thrilled chief executive David Hare said: ‘We were honoured to win alongside some incredible organisations representing so many different parts of British industry during a period which has demonstrated once and for all the value and importance of trade associations and the work they do with governments, regulators and the public.

‘It’s been a huge privilege for IHPN to support our members during the pandemic and ensure they could work hand in hand with the NHS to deliver care to millions of patients, and this award is testament to the incredibly hard work of the IHPN team over the last 18 months.’

Judges’ comments included: 

‘’It is an outstanding example of partnership, as stated and the scale of co-operation is really impressive. Top marks.’

‘This cannot be faulted. Well done and deserves full recognition for the solid work and effective cohesive action, resulting in so many saved lives.’