Fiona Booth (pictured), the former chief executive of the Association of Independent Healthcare Organisations, is to take up a position at Healthcode, an IT services provider for the private healthcare sector which handles £3bn of medical invoices annually.

As head of provider programmes and strategy, her initial focus will be on overseeing the launch and development of the private practice register (PPR) for use in independent hospitals.

Healthcare professionals and consultants can use the register, which is being rolled out in hospitals and hospital groups with an event launch of early September, to build and maintain a private practice profile.

Commenting on her new position she said: ‘The PPR is an exciting and significant initiative for everyone in the private healthcare sector at a time when we need to show that we are learning lessons from the Paterson scandal. A National Inquiry headed by the Bishop of Norwich is due to report next summer but it is likely to consider the systems in place for validating and monitoring hospital staff. The PPR directly addresses the challenge of governance and demonstrates how seriously the sector takes patient safety.’

Healthcode managing director Peter Connor added: ‘Fiona’s appointment is a coup for Healthcode as she brings unrivalled knowledge of the independent healthcare sector and is a well-known and respected figure within the industry. This means she is perfectly placed to collaborate with hospital groups, PMIs, industry leaders and consultants.’