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Comprehensive Medical Indemnity launched for GPs

The IDF has been working with Bespoke Medical Indemnity (BMI) who can now announce a competitively priced Medical Malpractice insurance on an annually reviewable basis and underwritten on a claim made policy wording. It is a comprehensive package policy designed to meet the insurance needs of UK based general practitioners including:

• A 24-hour medico-legal helpline operated by specialists providing clinical assistance and support
• Assistance with complaints and claims notification
• Medical malpractice cover for clinical negligence
• Professional indemnity cover for medico-legal reports written by the GP and any expert witness work
• Worldwide cover for Good Samaritan Acts
• Runoff cover providing cover for a period of time in the event of retirement, permanent disablement or death

Legal defence costs

• To defend clinical negligence allegations
• For GMC complaints or disciplinary hearings from private activities
• For GMC complaints or disciplinary hearings from NHS activities
• For criminal proceedings, including sexual misconduct and PACE interviews
• For employment disputes, tax investigations, contractual disputes, health and safety at work and property disputes
• For regulatory investigations stemming from security breaches

Further information is available by contacting Andy Foley, MD, Bespoke Medical Indemnity at

Panorama on the Patterson Case - The IDF calls for urgent action

October 2017 

“Following statements by the President of the Royal College of Surgeons expressing concerns that not enough data is available to be able to conclude that all patients in private hospitals are safe, The Independent Doctors Federation (IDF), which represents over 1200 of the country’s leading doctors practising in the private sector, has called for urgent action.

The safety of private hospitals has been thrown into sharp focus by the conviction of former surgeon Ian Patterson, rightly jailed for 20 years for deliberately harming his patients for financial gain.

While the IDF recognises that regulation and clinical governance has improved enormously since Patterson began his disgraceful exploitation of vulnerable patients many years ago, there is still more to be done:

The IDF believes that all private hospitals must urgently make greater efforts to provide data on clinical outcomes so that patients and their referring doctors can make more informed decisions about where treatment should take place.

The IDF believes that the private sector has nothing to hide and on the contrary, it has been slow to discuss its achievements, its safety data and its success rates. However, in the future, any hospital that fails to provide outcome data in a timely fashion, should face regulatory sanctions.

In addition, the IDF believes that the practice of some doctors’ professional indemnity insurers of denying compensation in some cases to patients who have been harmed, is reprehensible and a practice that must end immediately.

If the sector is going to flourish and grow, it is time to change these anomalies and make private health care more open and transparent and easier to access for those who need it.

While utterly condemning the behaviour of Patterson, the IDF emphasises that the moral compass of doctors in the private sector is, and will always be, the same as those in the public sector with a universal desire to provide the highest standards of care and to improve the human condition.”

Patient Focused!

Teaching clinicians how to photograph patients professionally, ethically and legally.
4-day courses. Various locations nationwide. 
Accredited with the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP), eligibility for Licentiate of BIPP, with LBIPP post-nominal.
All equipment provided:: £770 - 20% discount for IDF Members with Booking Code IDF2017
How to book: Please click here for more information and visit website to purchase tickets.

Upcoming RSM Conference entitled - Changing the image of cosmetic surgery: Patients before profit is taking place on October 17th and Sally Williams is talking about 'What prompts patients to complain about cosmetic surgery'

Please see full programme of the event attached


In January this year the GMC published Sir Keith Pearson’s report – Taking Revalidation Forward and in July published an ‘Action Plan’ the delivery of which will be coordinated by the Revalidation Oversight Group (ROG), which replaces the Revalidation Advisory Board.  The group is chaired by GMC Chief Executive Charlie Massey and includes representatives of stakeholder organisations across the UK, including the independent sector.

The plan, agreed by ROG, aims at improving medical revalidation, making it a more positive and meaningful experience for doctors, responsible officers and patients.  The plan is organised into six work streams, each one covering a priority area from Sir Keith Pearson’s report:

1. Making revalidation more accessible to patients and the public
2. Reducing burdens and improving the appraisal experience for doctors
3. Strengthening assurance where doctors work in multiple locations
4. Reducing the number of doctors without a connection
5. Tracking the impact of revalidation
6. Supporting improved local governance

With reference to 4 above, reducing the number of doctors without a connection, not uncommon in the independent sector, the Department of Health in England will lead a review of the Responsible Officer Regulations, with a view to establishing a connection to a designated body for some groups of doctors that don’t ordinarily have one while making sure only organisations with robust governance arrangements are able to oversee a doctor’s revalidation.

The Independent Doctors Federation have agreed to undertake an audit of the impact of revalidation for a cohort of 500 connected doctors and the Revalidation Forum of the Association of Independent Healthcare Organisations (AIHO) have expressed an interest in participating in two subgroups; ‘Making Revalidation more accessible to patients and the public’ and ‘Tracking the impact of revalidation’.

The target date for completion of the various actions vary considerably, some such as; ‘more case studies to help doctors with patient feedback’ is expected to be completed by October 2017 whereas the audit mentioned above is scheduled for completion by the autumn of 2018.  I hope to provide further progress reports as we proceed.

The full details of the plan can be downloaded using the following link a plan to implement the recommendations in Sir Keith Pearson’s report.  The GMC are keen to seek the input of doctors and the public and if you have any questions or there’s a specific area you’re interested in getting involved with, you should contact

Each year Intuition Communication undertake research to provide an in-depth analysis of the self-pay market for electivesurgery in the UK.

We are now updating the study with the latest facts and figures, and views on the market, and are asking for your assistance in completing this research by providing your views on this aspect of private healthcare. In return for your assistance, we will provide you with a summary of the key findings of the latest research for free.

Complete the online survey for the Private Healthcare UK Self-Pay Market Study 2017 by 10th July 2017 and receive a free copy of the summary report.

We are asking you to take 10 minutes out of your busy day to provide your views. The questions relate solely to the self-pay (non-insured) market for elective surgery, and EXCLUDE cosmetic surgery patients

Thank you
Intuition Communication

Reconnecting with Women’s Health two-day conference
Joint Poundbury Education, Dumfries House, Ayrshire and Arran NHS and College of Medicine

Tuesday 12th September – Wednesday 13th September 2017

We are delighted to announce a two-day conference, open to all healthcare professionals, designed to provide a logical understanding of an integrated approach to comprehensive women’s health.

The programme includes:
Understanding the physiology of the menstrual cycle and what can go wrong
Exploring the meaning of integrated care
Understanding the importance of a holistic approach to women’s health
Understanding how different conditions can be treated
Developing a good in-depth understanding of care in a logical way
Having time to cross-pollinate and share ideas. 


For more information and to register please click here.

Publication of Private Healthcare Documents – CMA

9th May 2017

Final decision on possible material change of circumstance
Variation and commencement Order
Explanatory note
Summary of responses
Private Healthcare Market Investigation Order

All information relating to the investigation is available on the Private Healthcare case page

Private Healthcare Information Network publishes first set of private hospital performance measures 

3rd May 2017

The Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) will today publish the first of a series of performance measures intended to improve the availability of information to patients considering private healthcare services and start to bring standards of data quality and transparency in line with the NHS. 

Click here to read the full press release

Sue Smith, IDF CEO chairing The National Independent Healthcare Summit 2017

10th July 2017

Sue Smith will be chairing The Independent Healthcare Summit 2017, a national forum for discussion around improving quality and delivering outstanding practice in independent healthcare.

Click here to register online

Key Lines Of Enquiry (KLOEs)

5th April 2017

The CQC have published a clarification document together with the Key Lines Of Enquiry (KLOEs) for providers of remote doctor consultations and treatment.

Click here to read the full article for CQC clarification ofregulatory methodology: PMS digital healthcare providers 

Click here to read the full article for Digital provider KLOEs

CQC request for provider updated Statement of Purpose

4th April 2017

The CQC are updating their records to prepare for the next wave of inspections in the independent sector.

Click here to read the full article

LMCs stepping up plans for GPs to do more private work by end of this year

25th January 2017

GPs leaders in England are pushing ahead with plans to develop new structures that will enable GPs to carry out more private work in a bid to increase GP funding.

Click here to read the full article

Increase in private Medical Policies

16th January 2017

Healthcare trusts drive 2.1% increase in private medical policies in 2015.

Click here to read the full article

CQC Regulatory Fees Consultation 2017

28th October 2016 

The CQC has issued its proposed fee structure for next year. The CQC Advisor to the IDF, Martha Walker, has outlined the fee proposal for members.

Click here to read the full article

CQC launches fees consultation for 2017/18 year

21st October 2016

Click here to read the press release

CMA publishes timetable for initiating Article 22 Duty of consultants to provide fee information to PHIN

11th October 2016

Click here to read the full article 

Disclosure of Private Earnings by NHS Doctors - Article by Dr Brian O’Connor 

28th September 2016

NHS England is proposing that all consultants working in the private sector should be asked to declare their private practice details and their private practice income. 

Click here to read the full article 

Article in Pulse Magazine by Caroline Price

5th September 2016

Jump in private referrals after GPs are told to ask patients about insurance.

Click here to read the full article. 

CMA Press release: Hospitals must help provide better information for private patients

1 September 2016

From today hundreds of hospitals must supply data which will lead to better information on performance for patients considering private healthcare.

Click here to read the full press release.

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