Independent Healthcare Providers Network

Working together since 1948: celebrating 70 years of partnership between the NHS and independent sector

05 / 07 / 2018

Since its inception in 1948, the NHS has always been a partnership between publicly owned providers and independent organisations – including GPs, pharmacies, charities, and social enterprises and the independent sector – all of whom are committed to delivering high quality care to NHS patients, free at the point of use.

This document showcases numerous examples of how the independent sector has worked in collaboration with the NHS over the past 70 years to deliver innovative and accessible health services to the public spanning elective, diagnostics, MSK (musculoskeletal), clinical home healthcare and children and young people’s services. And this dynamic domestic healthcare market has helped the NHS to increase overall provider capacity, reduce waiting times, invest capital as well as offering a greater choice of providers to patients.

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