Boost for multidisciplinary team meetings

Consultants in private practice are being recommended to supercharge their multidisciplinary team (MDT) meetings using a new toolkit from the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN). Designed with the help of senior doctors, hospital group medical directors and others, it aims to assist independent providers to further improve MDT working. The resource sets […]...

A record year for entry to hospital

Predictions of a record year for private healthcare sector inpatient admissions have been confirmed by the latest official figures – and now under a new Government the sector says it stands ready to help the NHS deal with its ever-rising waiting list. Independent hospitals still have spare capacity and have told the […]...

Healthcode dealt with 1m invoices in May

Healthcode processed over 1m invoices to insurers in a single month for the first time in May as a record number of patients received investigations and treatment.  Based on current trends, the UK’s online clearing service projects that providers will submit 11.5m invoices in 2024, compared with 10.2m in 2023.  Overall, invoice volumes were up […]...

Senior doctors relieved at pension tax U-turn

Labour will not re-introduce the lifetime pension allowance Senior doctors have declared relief at the news that the new Labour Government will no longer re-introduce the Lifetime Allowance on pensions.  The party had originally declared it would reverse the decision to abolish the pension savings tax once in power.  Originally the claims […]...

Spire to open new unit in Yorkshire

Eighty consultants are looking forward to taking up new private practice privileges at a £13m development in North Yorkshire.  And the hunt is on for other doctors to join them at the new Spire Healthcare Harrogate Clinic where building work has commenced to transform office space in the town’s Hornbeam Park.  Specialists […]...
 
 

Eye group looks to expand further

A visionary consultants’ group set up by surgeon entrepreneurs has announced plans to partner with independent practitioners as it extends its brand to new sites beyond its South-east heartland Consultants behind the fast-growing independent eye surgery provider OCL Vision have appointed a chief executive to lead a strategic expansion. Mr Nik Rudge brings extensive leadership […]...

Boss experiences care at first hand

OCL Vision surgeon Ms Laura de Benito (below, right) made her new chief executive a very happy man after giving him successful lens replacement surgery in June.  After 42 years of wearing glasses, the procedure gave him perfect vision for the first time in four decades. Mr Nik Rudge says: ‘I had spent most of […]...

Spire is first to get special CPR award

Commitment to excellence in high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation training for thousands of its clinicians has earned Spire Healthcare an internationally recognised resuscitation quality improvement excellence award. It is the first UK and European healthcare provider, and only the third globally, to be recognised for the achievement. The Resuscitation Quality Imp­rovement (RQI) Excellence Award […]...

Cheap beats efficacy when buying devices

Price is more important than long-term effectiveness when purchasing medical devices. That is the finding of research from Bath University School of Management, Finland’s Aalto University School of Business and Erasmus University Rotterdam. Researchers presented over 1,300 medical professionals, purchasing managers and general managers in the UK with a hypothetical choice […]...

More private surgery in Surrey?

PPU Watch Compiled by Philip Housden More private surgery in Surrey? Consultants could have a new private practice opportunity with the opening of a new elective surgery centre at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals in Surrey. The Surrey Heartlands Elective Centre, based at Ashford Hospital, fully opening this summer, includes a dedicated eye unit and […]...

Nuffield gets unique CT scanner

Patients with specialist health conditions are being scanned faster and more safely with two new innovative CT scanners at Nuffield Health’s Parkside Wimbledon and Cancer Centre London hospitals. The Revolution Apex Elite CT scanner at Parkside Hospital can capture an entire image of the heart within just one heartbeat, meaning CT scans are safer for […]...

New BMA consultant chiefs carry on fight for better pay

Improving consultants’ pay in their NHS jobs is a major aim of the BMA’s consultants committee new co-chairs, anaesthetist Dr Helen Neary and psychiatrist Dr Shanu Datta, who take over in September from Dr Vishal Sharma. Dr Datta said work to restore consultants’ pay and value was ‘far from over’ and both of them were […]...