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Our members' work


The work of NHSPN and its members’  focuses on supporting patients, commissioners and wider audiences to understand the benefits brought by independent sector involvement in the NHS and to move towards a system where patients receive the highest possible levels of care, no matter who provides the service.

Case studies

The independent sector delivers a wide range of NHS clinical services across the UK, including:

  • Acute elective
  • Clinical home healthcare
  • Community
  • Dentistry
  • Diagnostic
  • NHS 111 and out of hours
  • Primary
  • Prison health
  • Self-care
  • Specialised
  • Urgent care and walk-in centres

STP Portal

In December 2015 NHS England released its planning guidance for 2016/17. Part of the planning round was the requirement for local health areas’ to create a plan for accelerating the implementation of the Five Year Forward View. These ‘Sustainability and Transformation Plans’ (STPs) are place-based, multi-year blueprints for their local areas and are designed to avoid the additional funding secured in the Spending Review simply ‘propping-up institutions’.

NHSPN has since worked with its members to produce case studies showcasing their partnerships with the NHS, worked with the NHS Confederation to produce the guidance document “Capital, capacity and capabilities” and set up a brokering service to encourage further partnerships. Access the STP portal to read more.


We regularly respond to consultations on behalf of our members, to ensure that our members' views are represented and the voice of the independent sector is heard. Please find a log of our most recent consultation responses.

Information and statistics

For patients to receive the highest quality care they need to be treated by the best provider, and therefore commissioners, clinicians and patients need to be able to access current, accurate and comparable data that facilitates appropriate healthcare decisions.  

Look at our latest data work or read about our recent call for evidence looking at how the independent sector is supporting the NHS.

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At a time when the NHS is struggling with a perfect storm of workforce challenges, Dr Crystal Oldman CBE hopes Health Education England’s forthcoming workforce strategy will be one that attracts people back into nursing.

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