Every independent hospital in the UK will have access to accurate information about their consultant community on a ground-breaking online register of independent practitioners. Healthcode plans to complete the roll-out of The Private Practice Register (The PPR) to over 300 independent hospitals and NHS Private Patient Units (PPUs) by early 2020 and continues to enhance the amount of practitioner information available.
The PPR now has more than 16,000 practitioner profiles which are managed and kept up-to-date by the practitioners themselves. More than 40% of practitioners have made amendments to their PPR profile so far in 2019, demonstrating that they recognise the value of ensuring their details are correct when dealing with PMIs and now hospitals. All their data is housed securely in a dedicated data warehouse in the UK and access is via encrypted connections.
All hospitals will have access to The PPR basic service which will enable them to search the database for consultants and practitioners who have been linked to their organisation. They can then view basic information from the profiles including their name, specialty registration body and details of their practice at the relevant hospital. To help with clinical governance, they will also be able to view profile alerts about GMC warnings, overdue indemnity insurance and overdue appraisals for all profiles associated to their site.
In addition, hospitals can subscribe to The PPR standard service which offers more information and features to support consultant oversight. For example, they will have the ability to view the full profile of clinicians including their NHS and private practice, qualifications, medical secretary details, bank payment details and GMC status. They will also receive notifications of updates to a clinician’s profile including GMC warnings which are available through Healthcode’s GMC republication license. The next update of The PPR will augment this with fields showing practitioners’ Responsible Officer, Designated Body, Revalidation status, when their GMC fees are due and where else they hold practising privileges.
Hospitals can only correct and update information about a practitioner’s work within their own organisation, such as practice hours and start and end dates of practice. The practitioner is notified when these changes are made.
The hospital roll-out of The PPR is the latest milestone in Healthcode’s pioneering initiative to connect practitioners, PMIs and private hospitals in the independent healthcare sector using its secure online platform. It provides a central source of accurate information about practitioners offering services in the independent sector which is already benefiting users. For example, practitioners with a PPR profile do not need to update every PMI and hospital each time their details change, while PMIs can now save time by automating verification checks for new practitioners.
Fiona Booth, Healthcode’s Head of Provider Programmes & Strategy said: “The roll-out of The PPR is exciting news for hospitals as they will have access to information and insights to support effective management of their consultant population, in line with the new Medical Practitioners Assurance Framework (MPAF). In its latest State of Care report, the CQC rated 79% of independent organisations as good or outstanding on the question of leadership1 and The PPR will be another means of demonstrating to CQC inspectors that a hospital has embedded measures to improve oversight of practising privileges and clinical governance. And with the Paterson Inquiry report due soon, it is important that the private healthcare sector shows the public that we can put our own house in order.
“We will continue to work closely with our hospital user groups to ensure that The PPR provides the insights they need. For example, we will soon enhance the service to provide scope of practice information and the ability to administer practising privileges.”
1 The State of Care 2018/19, The CQC, 14 October 2019 https://www.cqc.org.uk/sites/default/files/20191015b_stateofcare1819_fullreport.pdf