The Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) has published information on which providers are making the most progress in the collection and publication of health outcomes data.

Spire is currently leading the way, with five of its hospitals making ‘good’ progress and a further 31 embarking on the process. Circle has also been awarded an interim ‘good’ rating, with all three of its sites, collecting and providing outcomes data for 20% of all eligible procedures.

The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, a specialist orthopaedic NHS hospital which treats private patients, has collected and provided data from the highest proportion of eligible patients (28%). However, due to the lack of post-operative questionnaires, it currently appears on PHIN’s website as having made ‘some’ progress.

PHIN chief executive Matt James said: ‘Health outcome measures help patients to understand the extent to which they might benefit from surgery, for example, through reduced pain or increased mobility. We have an ambitious programme of outcomes measures potentially covering 13 common procedures. It has taken the hospitals a while to get started, and we’re not yet ready to publish statistical results, but we want to recognise those hospitals that are making good progress and, hopefully, encourage others to do the same.’

Under order of the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA), all hospitals treating private patients are required to collect data and report health outcomes for 13 common procedures to PHIN. The NHS has two mandatory outcome measures for planned hip and knee replacements, and typically more than 50% of patients complete both questionnaires.

In a separate move, PHIN has also released new information on patient experience to work alongside the current recommendation score which mirrors the NHS Friends & Family Test. Private hospitals scored well on treating patients with respect and dignity and giving patients privacy (both around 98%), but less well on ensuring staff are available to answer patients’ questions around areas such as medication (around 90%).

‘We require data from private hospitals that enable direct comparison with the NHS wherever possible. The six patient experience questions were selected from the NHS Inpatient Survey as that most relevant to elective care. Overall, 94% of patients report that their needs were met,’ added James.

PHIN will publish the first performance measures for individual consultants in private practice this summer, and information on fees will be published next year. In advance of publication, over 10,000 consultants have already been invited to begin checking their data and providing feedback on data quality, with over 2,500 having done so in the first few weeks.