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Private & Voluntary Health Service Providers

Our members within private and voluntary health service providers work in almost as wide a range of roles as our public sector members – from top executives and directors, through senior clinicians and service managers, to support service professionals in fields such as finance, HR and communications.

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Blurring those sectoral boundaries, some work for private companies contracted by NHS bodies – such as the facilities management staff working on hospital PFI contracts, and the corporate services teams outsourced to suppliers such as Capita. And whilst many private hospitals and medical centres operate largely within the private sector – receiving the bulk of their income from health insurance firms – the NHS also commissions large numbers of procedures from private and voluntary sector providers.

Finally, some of our members work in community interest companies and other social enterprises – often spun out of the NHS, with the goal of selling services back to the public sector as well as in the wider economy.

Members within all these organisations and roles are represented and protected by our network of national officers, each of whom serves members within a particular region or nation. Because the UK’s constituent nations take different approaches to managing healthcare, the profile of our members within private and voluntary bodies varies between them: you can find more details on our pages on England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland


How Birmingham and Solihull united the whole health and care system around a common purpose: fighting the pandemic while keeping services running.

13 November 2020 | By Matt Ross
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I spent 40 years building health services for elderly people living at home – then my mum fell ill, and those services let her down. In the post COVID-19 world, we must plug the gaps between primary, community and social care provision

07 May 2020 | By Anonymous
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Telemedicine could bring huge benefits but, managed badly, we could end up combining the worst aspects of private healthcare and public-sector IT.

22 November 2018 | By Anonymous
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The Carillion collapse shows the perils of driving suppliers to the brink...

18 April 2018 | By Anonymous
The Sharp End

One senior manager speaks about how MiP helped her after a frustrating and costly experience with her employer’s outsourced leased car scheme.

18 September 2017 | By MiP
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Hit by mergers and the loss of contracts, MiP is working to support members in CSUs and make sure their voice is heard at national level.

18 July 2017 | By Jane Carter
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What are the lessons for the NHS from the troubled history of shared services in the public sector?

10 March 2017 | By Matt Ross
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Healthcare management should be about more than meeting targets and cutting costs. Managers need to deliver services that strengthen their communities.

03 March 2016 | By Alan Turrell
Analysis & opinion
One MiP member explains how professional support from MiP’s Pete Lowe helped him to navigate a tricky situation while moving to a new employer.
16th Mar 2021
By MiP
MiP welcomes the principles behind the NHS white paper but warns that it could be a dangerous distraction from fighting the pandemic.
11th Feb 2021
By MiP
Press Release

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