Major Summit to discuss changing nature of UK private healthcare

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Private Healthcare Summit 2017 takes place in London this month

The private healthcare market is going through challenging times. A static (at best) health insurance market, Brexit, an(other) election, rising cost of healthcare, pressure on NHS funding, a shortage of nurses & support staff, the impact of digital tech

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The UK’s private healthcare market is widely acknowledged to be going through challenging times at the moment, so a high-level summit in London this month is perfectly timed to discuss the present state and future of the sector.

The Private Healthcare Summit 2017 ( takes place at The QEII Centre in London on Tuesday 20th June 2017 and will bring together representatives of private hospitals, clinics and healthcare practices; private medical insurers; consultants and specialists; NHS Private Patient Units and patient and consultant organisations. The Summit is organised by Intuition Communication, the publishers of Private Healthcare UK (, the UK’s most comprehensive independent guide for consumers to the myriad of private healthcare options available to them.

The one-day event will examine how the market, demographic and behavioural changes, financial pressures and the impact of new technologies will shape the future of private healthcare. Topics under discussion include:

  •     How can we extend the benefits of private healthcare to a wider public?
  •     How can we make private healthcare more affordable?
  •     How can we deliver an outstanding patient experience?
  •     How can we solve the staffing shortage in healthcare?
  •     Where can we look for new international patient opportunities?
  •     What does branding mean for private healthcare?

Speakers at the Summit include:

  •     Kurt Barwis, President and CEO of Bristol Hospital and Healthcare Group
  •     Chris Blackwell-Frost, Chief Customer Officer of Nuffield Health
  •     Fiona Booth, CEO of AIHO
  •     Dr. Tobias Gantner, Founder and CEO, The HealthCare Futurists
  •     Chris Graham, Chief Executive of Picker Institute Europe
  •     Dr Steve Iley, Medical Director of Bupa UK Insurance
  •     Sue Smith, CEO of The Independent Doctors Federation
  •     Matthew Ward, Corporate Innovation Manager of AXA PPP Healthcare
  •     Keith Pollard, CEO of Intuition Communication.
  •     The Summit will be chaired by health journalist Sue Saville

Keith Pollard, CEO of Intuition Communication, publishers of says the event is perfectly timed:

“The private healthcare market is going through challenging times. A static (at best) health insurance market, Brexit, an(other) election, the rising cost of healthcare, pressure on NHS funding, a shortage of nurses and support staff, the impact of digital technology…

The rising cost of private medical insurance has contributed to a decline in the number of people who are covered. Will the declining pound and the potential impact on trade, mean that private hospitals will be facing bigger bills for the drugs, consumables and equipment that they buy in from elsewhere?

With London's hospitals generating 25% to 30% of their revenue from international patients, will Brexit damage London/the UK's destination image, make it a less attractive place to come for treatment and encourage international patients to look elsewhere?

Perhaps the biggest challenge for the UK's private healthcare sector on leaving the EU will be the added difficulty of recruiting staff for the UK's private hospitals. EU membership has made it easier for other Europeans to come to the UK to work.

The Summit will examine how we can develop the market for private healthcare, through partnership, innovation, delivering value and world class care, and will provide a different perspective on what's happening in the UK's private healthcare sector.”


For media access to the Summit plus interviews, images etc in advance, please contact Intuition Head of Operations, Sarah Ward on sarahward(at)privatehealth(dot)co(dot)uk

Notes for editors

About Private Healthcare UK is the UK’s leading gateway to private treatment, cosmetic surgery, dentistry, private doctors and services such as health insurance. Private Healthcare UK helps people make informed decisions by providing extensive information on all aspects of private healthcare via the web.

Private Healthcare UK is published by Intuition Communication

About Intuition Communication
Intuition Communication is a specialist publisher of consumer and business-to-business information on private healthcare and medical travel. The company provides consumer-facing health and medical tourism portals such as Private Healthcare UK,, Treatment Abroad, and International Medical Travel Journal and delivers marketing solutions, research and consultancy for private healthcare businesses, hospitals and healthcare providers in the UK and internationally.

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