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AIHO News & Review March 2017


CEO Update - AIHO showcases the innovative practices of its members

aiho showcasesaiho showcasesInnovation is crucial to the continuing success of any organisation. AIHO is delighted to be showcasing the successes of members to the sector and wider stakeholders on our website and through social media channels.

Innovative ideas cover a wide scope. They can be about direct improvements to patient care, increasing customer satisfaction, increasing productivity, improving environments, raising employee motivation/satisfaction, technological advancements or developing systems to improve organisational culture. This list is by no means exhaustive.

Some AIHO Member showcases already published on the AIHO website include:

AIHO is collating, writing up and publishing the showcases and would like to add more, please get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Health Foundation Innovating for Improvement – only one week left to apply!

fiona boothThe Health Foundation has £1.5 million available for up to 20 teams to test and develop innovative ideas to improve health care delivery in the UK. It is looking for projects that improve health care delivery and/or the way people manage their own health care. The Health Foundation is particularly interested in applications from teams who will be applying an innovative use of data. The deadline is 28 March 2017.

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AIHO Work Programme


Save the Date - AIHO members’ seminar - Monday 19 June, 2:30pm-6pm at Chandos House, 2 Queen Anne Street, London, W1G 9LQ

chandos housechandos houseThis free AIHO members-only seminar will cover the following:

  • CQC Factual Accuracy Stage
  • Key Principles around Consent and Confidentiality
  • Workforce Update
  • General Data Regulation.

The seminar will be followed by the AIHO Summer Reception at the same venue.

Invitations will be sent out in due course, but in the meantime feel free to reserve your place by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


AIHO latest Press Coverage

Read AIHO’s latest coverage on our website:


AIHO Infographic – AIHO in 2016

aiho infographic 2017

aiho infographic 2017We are proud of the work we do at AIHO on behalf of independent hospitals and in order to give members a flavour of it, we have produced an infographic covering: member services, media, influencing, regulation and representation.


AIHO members rated the following three areas as AIHO’s most important functions in our recent members’ survey. We will continue to prioritise these functions in our work programme for 2017:

  • Providing an effective voice for independent healthcare to key stakeholders, the media and government;
  • Informing members about policy, regulatory and political issues affecting independent healthcare; and
  • Producing AIHO documents on key issues e.g.  Duty of Candour, practising privileges.

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AIHO Policy Internship

Are you considering a change in career? Do you want to gain high level policy experience in the healthcare arena in London? AIHO are offering a voluntary Policy Internship.

In this role, you will join the AIHO team and work with them on the following:

  • complete a project on regulatory work in England;
  • fulfil ongoing policy work in the devolved nations;
  • assist with consultation responses and AIHO key principles documents.

The above list is not exhaustive and you may be asked to assist with some administrative and other tasks for the organisation.


Follow AIHO on Twitter @aiho_uk

Three months since we launched and we’re up to 115 followers. Follow us on twitter for the latest AIHO news, general healthcare updates and health policy comment.





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cqc logoCQC - Publication of the CQC Fees Scheme

CQC has published the 2017/18 fees scheme and a useful fees calculator.


CQC Monthly Update

CQC’s February monthly update includes Professor Sir Mike Richards’ column: Good leadership and Outstanding care.


Ridout Solicitors Report - Inconsistencies in Transparency - Disclosure of Inspection Notes by CQC


Clarification of regulatory methodology: digital healthcare providers

CQC has clarified existing guidance on primary care inspection and outlines how CQC will inspect and regulate providers of digital primary care services, by which it means companies selling medicines online.


Healthcare News


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PHIN – March Member Update

Publication of consultant fees on the PHIN website

phin logoConsultants fees will be published on the PHIN website from April 2019. Under the new timetable, pre-consultation letters outlining the fees and conditions must be sent to all patients considering treatment from 31 December 2017, with further letters outlining fees for any additional tests, investigations or treatment (by 28 February 2018). While the explicit obligation falls on consultants, hospitals are required to maintain an audit of this process.

These changes were outlined alongside a number of clarifications to the Private Healthcare Market Investigation Order in a notice published on the CMA website. This includes a confirmation that NHS Numbers (or equivalent in devolved nations) are required in the data submitted to PHIN.


GMC news – What contribution do European doctors make to UK practice?

The GMC have analysed data concerning EEA-qualified doctors in the UK in terms of their roles and numbers.



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.

  • Read more about Duty of Candour in Practice Masterclass


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


The King’s Fund, Seventh annual leadership & management summit, 9 May 2017


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The Private Healthcare Summit, 20 June 2017

private healthcare summit 2017The fourth annual Private Healthcare Summit will take place on June 20th, 2017 at the QEII Centre in the heart of Westminster. Around 200 of the country’s senior executives from the industry come together to listen, debate and network. The event has been praised for the quality of the speakers, the content and the networking opportunities. The Summit is supported by AIHO and the Independent Doctors Federation.


Healtheurope Amsterdam Congress, 28–29 June 2017, Amsterdam

AIHO are supporting the Healtheurope Amsterdam Congress and have free delegate tickets for AIHO members. The congress is in Holland so AIHO members would 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 personalised 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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Patient Safety Congress, 4-5 July 2017, Manchester


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