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Our work


17 / 6 / 2014 Midnight

Our work 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.

Our key work areas for 2014/15 include:

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.  

We are looking at what publically available information can be drawn upon to benchmark provider performance, as well as collecting new data and case studies from our member organisations. 

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

Supporting commissioners

We are working on a series of projects, aimed at improving commissioners’ understanding of the role of the independent sector.  This includes working with commissioners to look at different contracting models, to explain what they can do to help support integrated care pathways, and to explore how the independent sector can add value to out of hours care provision. 

We are also working to ensure that our members are engaged in planning for specialised services, and to improve the commissioning of community and primary care contracts.  

Market development

We support the implementation of the Fair Playing Field review recommendations.  As part of this, we help our members to understand the new pensions scheme and offer guidance on the choice and competition framework.  

We help our members to access the market.  We are looking at how we can support commissioners to improve the use of choose and book, as well as exploring other models that can improve patient choice. We also support the independent sector’s involvement in delivering elective care, and in its role in relieving winter pressures in the system and wider capacity issues.  

We also regularly respond to a number of policy consultations on our members' behalf.


We are engaging with Monitor and NHS England on pricing strategy and costing structures, to ensure that they fairly reflect independent providers’ circumstances and needs.  We are also helping members to understand the data that they will be required to collate and submit from 2015/16.   

Other current projects in this area include collecting data to demonstrate the role of the independent sector in reducing NHS expenditure whilst also improving care. 

Our finance forum meets regularly to support this work.

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