Coming together

Independent professions make up a significant part of the healthcare workforce in the UK. 2017 has been a year where we have faced several challenges as a country. There was a change to the Finance Bill, changing the way tax status was determined, protracted contractual difficulties between doctors and the government and there was Brexit.

These challenging times are a clarion call for independent healthcare workers to unite. We endeavour to be the unheard voice of thousands of independent health care workers. We aim to reverse the negative narrative of the media, improve the image of contract healthcare workers and ensure their representation at the appropriate levels.

We intend to continue fostering good working relationships with all our sister organisations, the NHS and its various contractors.


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On 25 March 2017, a historic event took place at Marriott Hotel, Leicester. Locum doctors and other independent / agency healthcare professionals were invited, and attended, a meeting hosted by Dr Ben Itsuokor and Michael Paulin, raising the issue of impending changes to IR35 legislation and how it affected the workforce of independent healthcare professionals.

The inaugural Marriott Hotel meeting was attended by various interest groups of locum doctors, agency workers and independent health professionals, whom had all, in their own respective way, considered challenging the  way this was being implemented within the NHS.

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So began a movement of locum doctors, creating an organisation that harnesses the uniqueness and diversity of healthcare professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience.

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Find out more on how you can have a voice, improve the tarnished image of independent health care professionals and shape the future of the organisation



On unlawful deductions of class 1 secondary NICs and apprenticeship levy

Of unlawful deduction’s of Class 1 secondary NICs & apprenticeship levy, & lack of ’employment’ rights for ‘deemed employees’ in the NHS (they really don’t have any in some models); So we had fruitful meetings with the chair of NHS Confederation, the Right Honourable Stephen Dorrell, IPSE, legal professionals and other stakeholders. The message is …

NHS tax reforms- False employment contracts will lead to patient safety risk

Press Release April 2018 NHS tax reforms: False employment contracts will lead to patient safety risk Almost all (98%) of independent healthcare professionals would consider seeking work outside the NHS in response to a real-terms pay cut caused by blanket IR35 tax reforms, a survey has found. The research by the Independent Health Professionals’ Association (IHPA), questioned 537 independent …

IR(ME)R17 Referrer Update Training Course

5th February 2018 saw the implementation of the new Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017 (IR(ME)R17). This updates previous IR(ME)R2000 and the 2006 and 2011 amendments. A significant change if not observed by Referrers, could potentially lead to litigation. X-Wray training will bring you up-to-date with required regulation to avoid this. Date: Saturday 7th April 2018 Time: 9am-12pm …

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