Westminster Health Forum

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The role of the independent sector in healthcare delivery

Morning, Friday, 22nd March 2024

This conference focuses on the independent sector and its role in healthcare delivery into the future.

Stakeholders and policymakers will examine next steps for collaboration on capacity and innovative approaches to addressing backlogs in elective care, following the Government’s Elective recovery taskforce: implementation plan, which incorporates the independent sector as a key component in moving services forward.

The agenda also looks at the outlook for commissioning services, looking at the opportunities and issues following the recently launched Provider Selection Regime.

Those attending will consider options for wider collaboration between the NHS and independent providers, and priorities for the independent sector in tackling elective care backlogs and supporting recovery moving forward. They will also discuss the relationship between independent sector and integrated care systems.

Further sessions in the agenda focus on patient choice and accessibility, and supporting the workforce, as well as priorities for regulation and standards.

There will also be discussion on alternative options for policy on the scope and nature of independent sector involvement in healthcare, and implications for the NHS, private providers and patients.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with: David Hare, Chief Executive, Independent Healthcare Providers Network; and James Roach, Managing Director, Conclusio.

Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • elective recovery backlogs: examining the progress of the Elective recovery taskforce: implementation plan - capacity of the independent sector to meet key targets
  • collaboration: innovative approaches and options - best practice - case studies - priorities going forward
  • commissioning: changes to commissioning - navigating ICSs and local models of healthcare - impact of the Provider Selection Regime on the independent sector
  • regulation: next steps for risk assessment - approaches to regulating independent provider care services - continuity of quality care
  • workforce: addressing retention and recruitment challenges - options for apprenticeships, training and education - priorities for long-term national workforce planning
  • patients: choice and accessibility - improving patient understanding of their choices - addressing inequity of care provision
  • next steps: future policy outlook for the independent sector and its role in healthcare delivery - policy options going forward

Keynote Speakers

David Hare

Chief Executive, Independent Healthcare Providers Network

James Roach

Managing Director, Conclusio

Keynote Speakers

James Roach

Managing Director, Conclusio

David Hare

Chief Executive, Independent Healthcare Providers Network


Will Quince MP

former Minister of State, Department of Health and Social Care


Rachel Power

Chief Executive, Patients Association

Andy Howlett

Director of Strategy, Community Diagnostic Centres

Professor Kieran Walshe

Professor of Health Policy and Management, Alliance Manchester Business School

John Forrest

Chief Operations Officer, Spire Healthcare

Patrick Parkin

Partner, Burges Salmon

Sarah Maling

Chair of the Training Committee, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists