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AIHO News & Review February 2017


CEO Update - AIHO highlights the contribution of independent healthcare to the work and health agenda 

african woman working on laptop with healthyafrican woman working on laptop with healthyThis month AIHO has responded to the government's Green Paper on Health and Work. AIHO is very supportive of the aims of the Green Paper and the Government's recognition of the positive impact timely access to healthcare can have for employees, employers and the wider economy through increased workforce productivity. The independent sector has a crucial role to play in ensuring that patients have swift access to innovative treatment and care that enables them to return to work sooner.

Our response to the Green Paper sets out a number of recommendations as to how investment in workplace health and wellbeing can be incentivised and supported, including through greater use of health insurance. The independent sector is a willing partner for the Government and employers to help bring about the reforms patients and employers need to create a healthy, productive workforce. We all need to work together to make the aims of the Green Paper a reality.

The recently published IPPR Report 'Working well: A plan to reduce long-term sickness absence' explores the same agenda and advocates a major shift in incentives with greater obligations on employers to support employees to stay in work. Look out for AIHO's article in the March edition of Healthcare Markets on the independent healthcare sector's contribution to workplace health and wellbeing.

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Fiona Booth, AIHO Chief Executive


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Results of AIHO’s Member Forums Survey

AIHO members identified the three things they most value about the forums they attend:

  • Opportunities to network
  • Opportunities to hear from guest speakers
  • Information learned from attending the meetings.

AIHO members rated the benefit of their involvement in an AIHO Member Forum to their work in their own organisations as being 8 out of 10. Overall, most of AIHO members would like the Member Forums to proceed in 2017 as they are, although a few would like to consider face-to-face meeting alternated with teleconferences.

Member quotes included:

  • “Having worked in the NHS for over 12 years I have found AIHO very useful to help me with the transition into the private sector. The website has a lot of useful information and so far the meetings are extremely helpful to network.”
  • “An excellent forum to ensure legal compliance is fully understood and implemented as intended in the private sector. A united voice to ask questions.”

AIHO is taking all member feedback into consideration for the future developments of AIHO Member Forums.

See the full list of AIHO Member Forums and email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to join a forum.


Follow AIHO on Twitter @aiho_uk

AIHO launched into Twitter-sphere in November and have been tweeting and retweeting ever since! We are using Twitter to highlight the work of both AIHO and our members, to comment on healthcare policy developments that affect the sector and showcase the contribution of independent hospitals to the UK healthcare economy.


AIHO letter to the Financial Times regarding growth in NHS hip and knee operations in independent sector

AIHO letter calls for a strategic partnership between the NHS and independent healthcare sector.


AIHO's letter calls for a strategic partnership between the NHS and independent healthcare sector

AIHO’s letter makes the point that amid increasing pressures on the NHS, the independent healthcare sector helps to alleviate NHS capacity demands at no extra cost to taxpayers.





cqc logoAIHO report back from CQC Independent Expert Advisory Group

cqc logoAIHO attended the CQC Independent Health Expert Advisory Group meeting held on 24 January 2017. If any AIHO member would like a copy of the notes and slides, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


AIHO response to CQC Strategy consultation

AIHO’s response to the CQC Next Phase consultation is published on the AIHO website.


CQC January Update

This month’s update includes an item on registration for providers who are, or who are considering, providing new care models.


Healthcare News


PHIN – January and February Member Update

phin logophin logoPHIN’s latest member update includes the following:

  • PHIN delayed consultant publication
  • Data specification pack – June 2017
  • New advice in PHIN’s Member Manual
  • Patient consent approved
  • New website release
  • PHIN’s portal officially launched


PHIN – New PHIN website is live

The latest version of the website is now live and currently includes over 200 hospitals and more will be added over the coming weeks. Patients can now search for facilities by location or name, refine their results and view more detailed information about individual hospitals. Patients can also save a list of their preferred providers.


GMC news – Revised Confidentiality Guidance from April

The revised GMC guidance for all doctors practicing in the UK comes into effect on 25 April 2017.


ABI: Health Insurance Explained

abi logoThe ABI (Association of British Insurers) has published this guide showcasing the value of private medical insurance and cash plans to consumers. The guide outlines that with pressures on the NHS to meet the demands of an ageing population and with increasingly stretched resources, there is a role for health insurance to complement these services. It emphasises that health insurance is designed to work alongside, not to replace, the services offered by the NHS.


Department of Health consultation on Fixed Recoverable Costs in lower value clinical negligence claims, closes 1 May

The consultation sets out proposals to introduce a system of Fixed Recoverable Costs (FRC) for lower value clinical negligence claims. The FRC scheme will apply across the NHS, not-for-profit and private healthcare providers in England and Wales.



Unless stated otherwise, all conferences are held in London.


The King’s Fund, Great place to work, 23 March 2017

This event is designed to help leaders build a culture of trust and engagement that attracts and retains employees and creates an environment which drives creativity and optimises organisational performance.


Duty of Candour in Practice Masterclass, 24 April 2017

This course covers the legal framework surrounding the Duty of Candour and what it means in practice. The training includes sessions on meeting and communicating with patients and families.


Head First Conference, Negotiating the challenges of life after brain injury, 4 May 2017


Healtheurope Amsterdam Congress, 28–29 June 2017

AIHO are supporting the Healtheurope Amsterdam Congress and have free delegate tickets for AIHO members. The congress is in Holland so AIHO members will have to pay for travel and accommodation.  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the personalized booking code.


IDF London Healthcare Conference, 4 July 2017

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london healthcare conference

The IDF (Independent Doctors Federation) is launching a new clinically-led, multi-specialty conference designed to highlight all that London and the rest of the UK has to offer in terms of medical innovation and excellence in patient care.

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Tle Miad 2017 Regional days, various locations

Tle Miad has a number of courses on offer including: new appraiser training, serious clinical incident investigation training and clinical supervisor training.


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