AIHO News & Review August 2017
Traditionally August is a quiet month with politicians on their annual break, however Brexit policy developments have kept AIHO staff busy this month.
AIHO has joined the CBI (Confederation of British Industries) under its new trade association category. We have already had constructive meetings sharing intelligence on Brexit, government relations, regulation and the Industrial Strategy.
Meetings are planned to cover proposals around immigration policies and continued UK access to EU science and innovation funding. AIHO will be an influential healthcare voice at the CBI as the CBI has taken a decision to shift its focus away from the NHS procurement agenda.
Immigration policy will be a particularly important policy area for AIHO to influence in the next year and we are ensuring that our messages align with both the Confederation of British Industries (CBI) and the Cavendish Coalition of which we are an active member. AIHO will be responding to the call for evidence from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) on EEA workers in the UK labour market.
Fiona Booth, AIHO Chief Executive
Save the date – AIHO Members Seminar – Wednesday 29th November, 2:00pm- 6pm, The Royal Society of Arts, London
The seminar is open to all AIHO members – full details will follow soon but we are pleased to announce that speakers will include:
- Heidi Smoult, Deputy Chief Inspector – Hospitals, Care Quality Commission
- Matt James - CEO, PHIN
- Ted Townsend – LaingBuisson
- Leadership and Organisational Development Team - The King’s Fund
The seminar will be followed by the AIHO Christmas Reception at the same venue.
AIHO joint badges the LaingBuisson 2017 Survey of Private Acute Healthcare Providers
AIHO is supporting the 2017 Survey of Private Acute Healthcare Providers from LaingBuisson, the leading healthcare market intelligence provider. Hospital directors and PPU managers will have received the survey which will feed into LaingBuisson’s respected annual market report on Private Acute Healthcare.
LaingBuisson has achieved official recognition from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) as the chosen provider for data collecting in the independent healthcare sector. The data from this survey will give an overview perspective on the sector and better inform the government in decision making.
If you have not already done so, please complete the survey and return it to LaingBuisson in the pre-paid envelope provided by 31 August 2017.
AIHO working with Kings Fund on clinical leadership
AIHO and The Kings Fund have recently collaborated and introduced a clinical leadership programme starting in spring 2018.The Programme will be suited for matrons and directors of nursing and will cover all aspects of their roles including quality, safety, operational management, culture and strategy.
A recent article from the King’s Fund examines the challenges that independent hospitals face in data collecting and improving clinical quality. The King’s Fund argues that programmes such as Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) are significant to the improvement of the health sector, they are however NHS-based. Making it harder for the independent health sector to emulate the same process, due to the clear difference in how the NHS and the Independent health sector is run.
Hence why The King’s Fund and AIHO feel it is necessary for the Independent sector to recognise the challenges it faces and make vital progress in making good leadership its core value.
AIHO, CBI and BEIS – Making Industrial strategy work for Britain
AIHO are meeting with CBI and BEIS (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) and inputting into the Industrial Strategy on workplace health, which is in line with the recently published EEF report. BEIS will be publishing more on the Industrial Strategy in September and AIHO will be raising how employee health policy needs to be factored into proposals. EEF The Manufacturers’ organisation recently published a report making this connection too. BEIS has also published Good work: the Taylor review of modern working practices. It sets out seven principles to address the challenges facing the UK labour market and within these, states that the best way to achieve better work is not national regulation but responsible corporate governance, allocating responsibility with the employer.
Make it easier to go private!
Fiona Booth is currently featured on the front cover of July–August Independent Practitioner Today discussing how to “Make it easier to go private!”. She argues the need for the independent health sector to break down barriers to make it easier for patients entering private health to access consultants and treatment information.
It’s an ill wind...
Healthcare Markets included a quote from Fiona Booth in their piece on “It’s an ill wind…” The article examines the growing demand for self-pay private acute medical care.
First incident reported by independent sector provider on NRLS
Healthcare Markets article on the “First incident reported by IS provider on NRLS” highlights the work done over the years by both AIHO and NHS Partners Network for the NHS National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS).
An extract from Lene Gurney, Practice & Policy advisor at AIHO:
"Independent hospitals’ contribution will add to the national body of knowledge on patient safety and complete the picture for the whole healthcare system, enabling NHS and independent hospitals to learn from each other."
Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES): reporting template
WRES was mandated in 2015 to ensure employees from black and minority ethnic backgrounds have equal career opportunities and receive fair treatment in the workplace. This year, for the first time, WRES data will be submitted by independent healthcare organisations and submissions published. The WRES independent provider reporting template is now available to all independent health care providers for submission of their WRES data by 20 October.
Stay up to date: @WRES_team #equalNHS
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh publishes plans for safer working environment
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has published several recommendations on how to improve safety in the delivery of surgical treatment, patient care, improving morale and recommendations for best practice.
The College recommends that hospitals revert to traditional structures such as safer handovers and structured ward rounds for safer surgical care adjustments.
Unless stated otherwise, all conferences are held in London.
The 21st Century Private Sector Healthcare Forum, LaingBuisson Private Acute Healthcare conference, The Royal Society of Medicine, October 12th, 2017
LaingBuisson Private Acute Healthcare conference will focus on the opportunities for growth as well as examine the continuing challenges. Carefully timed in mid-October, this event appeals to hospital operators, insurers, investors/lenders, clinic managers and suppliers as they aim to make sense of their current year and start to forecast next year and beyond.
Topics to be discussed include - Changes in the NHS - The latest from the PMI sector - Ways to increase revenue from self-pay patients - Plus the changing face of London, in terms of overseas patients and new entrants.
Underlying all the issues are trends to outcomes-based commissioning, either public or private, changes in technology, different ways to remunerate consultants, and more.
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