A head for business

Huntercombe Group CEO Valerie Michie has steered the company through huge changes since she took over in 2014. As parent company Four Seasons embarks on a major capital restructure, she talks to Tim Barsby, business development director at Carter Schwartz, about harnessing brilliance and staying…...

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Thousands leave PMI schemes following IPT hike

Steep rises in IPT are forcing thousands of people to abandon private medical insurance, according to a study by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr). The study, commissioned by Bupa ahead of next week’s budget, analysed the insurer’s monthly customer data from 2003…...

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Consultants urged to engage with PHIN on data publication

Consultants working in private practice can now review their entire clinical data on the Private Healthcare Information Network’s (PHIN) secure online portal. This is first time consultants have been able to review data across both their NHS and private practice and it is hoped the…...

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Priory Group expands specialist education offering

The Priory Group has agreed to acquire specialist children’s care and education provider Aspire Scotland for an undisclosed sum. Under the deal, North Ayrshire-based Aspire will become part of Priory’s Education and Children’s Services division, which currently operates 45 day and residential schools and 95…...

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Soft international demand hits the London Clinic

Reduced embassy business from the Middle East has continued to impact on admissions at The London Clinic. London’s largest standalone hospital reported flat revenue growth of £143.4m for the year ended 31 December 2016 (2015: £141.7m) as total admissions dropped to 22,823 from 23,999 a…...

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HM meets… Fiona Booth

Getting positive messages about independent healthcare into the public arena involves a delicate balance between celebrating the sector’s successes and not appearing to criticise the NHS. But in a year where the headlines have been dominated by Paterson, profits-before-patients and Panorama, AIHO CEO Fiona Booth…...

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Time to move on?

Stakeholders from across the independent sector and the NHS gathered in London last month for LaingBuisson’s Annual Private Acute Healthcare Conference. With discussion ranging from commissioning and diagnostics to PMI and the international private patient market, there was one question that dominated the day –…...

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Busting the myths on revalidation

In a bid to ensure that doctors working across all sectors have an equal experience of appraisal and revalidation, AIHO has adapted the Royal College of GPs ‘Mythbusting’ guide for its members Revalidation is vital to the continued registration of medical professionals currently in practice…....

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HCA central London hospital revenues remain flat

Revenue at HCA’s central London hospital businesses was flat in 2016 as the drop in international patients seeking treatment in the capital continued. The opening of its new three-storey outpatient facility at The Shard in London boosted revenue at HCA International, which also comprises the…...

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Regional disparity and variability for NHS private patients services

The latest estimates from LaingBuisson have revealed regional disparities in the growth of private patient revenues generated by NHS trusts, as well as variable demand performance within regions. Early findings from LaingBuisson’s Private Acute Medical Care 5th Edition indicate that NHS private patient revenues in…...

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Elysium expands with Broadham Care acquisition

Elysium Healthcare remains on the acquisition trail after buying boutique residential care provider Broadham Care for an undisclosed sum. The company, which was launched last year when BC Partners acquired 22 former Priory/Partnerships in Care sites from US healthcare giant Acadia, now has more than…...

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Sleep-in shift compliance plan receives cool reception from the sector

The Government has launched a new compliance scheme for care providers to tackle the thorny issue of sleep-in shifts. Supported by HMRC, which has been cracking down on providers who have historically paid workers below the minimum wage for these shifts, the voluntary Social Care…...

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DLCG announces plans for a ‘sheltered rent’

Following Prime Minister Theresa May’s announcement last week that the Government is to drop a proposed cap on housing benefit, it has set out proposals for a ‘sheltered rent’ for sheltered and extra care housing. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) said this…...

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Profitability declines across the care home spectrum

Profit margins have declined in residential care, nursing and specialist care homes, according to Colliers International’s Healthcare Market Review. The most noticeable drop was in residential care which saw profit levels remain static in the six-month period to H2 2016 but then showed a marked…...

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Families facing long waits for CAMHS, says CQC

Children and young people are being denied access to mental health services because of an overly complex and fragmented system using incomprehensive and out-of-date data, according to the CQC. In the first phase of its government-commissioned review of child and adolescent mental health services, the…...

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Acquisitions perform ahead of expectations for CareTech

With the performance of acquisitions made in the past few years performed ahead of expectations, CareTech told its shareholders in a pre-close trading statement that it now plans to invest further in some of these businesses.   Around a third of the 248 beds added to its portfolio…...

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NHS work drives Benenden

Benenden Hospital Trust has reported an 11% jump in income to £32m for the year ended 31 December 2016. The Kent-based hospital said admissions were in line with the previous year despite redevelopment work at the site, while outpatient consultations increased by 4% to 46,519…....

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