Jim Easton may join Care UK as MD

It is understood Jim Easton, director of the NHS Commissioning Board may be leaving to become managing director of Care UK, the Health Service Journal has revealed. A spokesman has said: We can confirm Jim Easton has been approached about a job opportunity by an organisation in the independent health sector.

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ISCAS stuck on non-member complaints

The Independent Sector Complaints and Adjudication Service (ISCAS), the complaints management framework in the independent healthcare sector, has revealed in its annual report for 2011-12, that complaints about non-members have increased. This means a quarter of the complaints it received were about non-member organisations and, therefore, complainants have nowhere to access an independent complaint review stage. Despite this membership of ISCAS has increased from 60 to 68 members and it also established a governance board to ensure the independence of its Code of Practice and effective implementation. Lady Fiona Hodgson was appointed chair and said: The establishment of the ISCAS governance board demonstrates a commitment by the independent healthcare sector to ensuring a fair and effective route for complaints in the private sector.’

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Consultant joins the London Clinic

The London Orthopaedic Clinic has welcomed Dr Deane Halfpenny to itsWimpole Street premises. Dr Halfpenny is a consultant in musculoskeletal pain medicine with experience and specialist knowledge in particular areas of expertise including spinal pain and injury, acute back, neck and shoulder pain, myofascial pain syndromes and neuropathic pain.

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Mentors gathered to help health start-ups

Healthcare entrepreneurs in London are being offered assistance by a start-up scheme launched by Healthbox, the business accelerator focused exclusively on supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in healthcare and founded in 2011 by business incubator and venture capital firm Sandbox Industries.

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