The Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) and the Association of Dental Groups (ADG) have strengthened their ties after agreeing a new ‘memorandum of understanding’ that will see the two organisations work more closely on policy development.
Both organisations will retain separate boards and identities but from 1 April, IHPN will host the ADG’s policy and business management functions. The move, which will ensure NHS and privately-funded dentistry services are fully included in wider independent sector activity, follows the extension of IHPN’s remit to include the entire independent health sector.
The two organisations are currently recruiting for the position of a policy and business manager, which will be part of the current IHPN team, and will be responsible for ensuring the effective running of ADG business within the wider IHPN.
IHPN CEO David Hare said:‘We are delighted to announce our new partnership with the ADG at what is an incredibly exciting time for dentistry, particularly as part of the Secretary of State’s prevention agenda.
‘In welcoming the ADG into the IHPN family, we look forward to supporting them in their fantastic work in representing independent dental providers who play a pivotal role in delivering high quality dental care across the UK.’
ADG chair David Worskett was CEO of the IHPN’s predecessor, the NHS Partners Network, for six years prior to Hare’s appointment in 2013.
Commenting on the agreement, Worskett said: ‘The ADG is very pleased to have agreed these new arrangements with the IHPN and NHS Confederation. From a patient perspective it is high time that dentistry is properly reconnected with the rest of healthcare and these arrangements are a valuable step in the right direction.’