Latest news

Paterson Report recommends improvements in complaints handling

The Report of the Independent Inquiry into the Issues raised by Paterson highlights how patients were let down time and time again. It is difficult to read given the heart-breaking details of the brave patients who came forward to provide their account. ISCAS would like to extend an apology to all those affected by Ian Paterson who … Continue reading Paterson Report recommends improvements in complaints handling

ISCAS welcomes CQC Professor Ted Baker’s January blog

Professor Ted Baker, in Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) January update for those working in healthcare, reminds providers and professionals that only NHS-funded patients have the right to take their complaint to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) for an independent review. This includes NHS-funded care that is delivered by both NHS and independent sector … Continue reading ISCAS welcomes CQC Professor Ted Baker’s January blog

Working with PHSO on Complaints Standards Framework

ISCAS is pleased to be working with the Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman (PHSO) on the Complaints Standards Framework. The aim is to ensure that there is clarity on what constitutes ‘good practice’ in complaints handling, that staff are trained to deliver the defined ‘good practice’, and that there is a focus on learning from complaints.  … Continue reading Working with PHSO on Complaints Standards Framework

ISCAS welcomes IHPN animation to help patients

ISCAS welcomes the Independent Healthcare Providers Network’s (IHPN) new animation for patients on what to expect from independent healthcare.  ISCAS believes it is important that patients have the choice to either self-fund their care or to use private medical insurance. It is also evident to us that patients need more information on the similarities and differences between the … Continue reading ISCAS welcomes IHPN animation to help patients

ISCAS – Patient Safety Bill must include private patients

ISCAS is extremely disappointed to see that the new Health Service Safety Investigation Bill (HSSIB) is moving forward without the inclusion of the independent sector. In our written evidence submission in 2018 to the Joint Committee on the draft HSSIB, we included: “ISCAS considers that the HSSIB will only command the confidence of patients and their families … Continue reading ISCAS – Patient Safety Bill must include private patients

ISCAS and HIS update agreement on information sharing

ISCAS and Health Improvement Scotland (HIS) have signed an updated agreement to share appropriate information for reasons of public interest, in order to ensure high standards of quality and safety of health care. The new agreement with HIS is based on the Scottish Information Sharing Toolkit and recognises that the exchange of information is helpful … Continue reading ISCAS and HIS update agreement on information sharing

ISCAS links with Welsh regulator and ombudsman

A key feature of promoting patient safety and high-quality healthcare is working in an environment of openness and transparency. It is within these principles that Health Inspectorate Wales (HIW) and ISCAS have a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support the exchange of information, where either party encounters a concern, which is relevant to the remit … Continue reading ISCAS links with Welsh regulator and ombudsman

ISCAS aligns with BAAPS on BBL

ISCAS has reminded subscribers that the latest professional guidance does not recommend the procedure called buttock fat grafting (also known and Brazilian Buttock Lift or BBL). ISCAS requires subscribers to maintain compliance with the relevant regulator including, in England, the Care Quality Commission (CQC). In its inspection framework for cosmetic surgery CQC states: “Does the … Continue reading ISCAS aligns with BAAPS on BBL

ISCAS/CEDR host 2019 Training Event

The Patients Association kicked off the annual training event focusing on continual improvement in complaint management by explaining how they support private patients with a range of enquiries and signpost them to ISCAS. The emotional impact on patients on raising a complaint was discussed and about the need for empathy. This theme, which coincided with … Continue reading ISCAS/CEDR host 2019 Training Event