NHS PP Service – National Conference 2019

Housden Group joined Trusts from across the NHS at the annual PPU conference hosted by Derby Private Health.

The event provided a range of useful information to delegates who benefited from the sharing of successful PPU case studies from Derby, Nash Basildon and Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, with representatives from each providing practical insights on both the do’s and don’t’s of implementing a PPU. A recurring theme being the importance of buy-in from the parent Trust and addressing internal culture towards private units.

Attendees received updates on the impact on the growing sector from CMA and PHIN and senior representatives from the four main insurers; Bupa, Aviva, AXA PPP and Vitality answered questions and offered advice at a lively round-table session.

Delegates were shown around the high quality private patient facilities at Royal Derby Hospital and heard great examples of best practice from the Derby PPU team.

The event concluded with a summary of the key sector trends driving growth, principally patient safety and self-pay patient access and choice.

Housden Group’s Managing Director, Philip Housden closed the conference with a call for colleagues to seize the £billion a year opportunity that private patients now present to the NHS. He said: “PPU growth is a win not only for NHS Trusts and their patients, but also to consultants in fee growth.  Looking more widely, the potential renaissance in NHS PPU provision across the NHS – as every Trust should have one – is now a route for insurers to develop their product offer to their existing and new members as expanded geographical access and depth and range of service could finally stimulate the stagnant insurance take-up rates.”