Lessons from the interface

Patients have more choices about how their hospital care is provided than ever before. If the NHS is funding the care, patients can be treated in NHS or private hospitals. Patients paying privately, or via health insurance, also have the option to be treated in NHS or private hospitals. There is a need to ensure that processes across the healthcare system are more effective and that information is aligned across the NHS and private sector.

Feedback from this project will be used to understand the shared arrangements between care providers, and to identify opportunities for future improvements to the quality and safety of patient care.

It is being carried out by a team of researchers at the universities of Manchester, York and Birmingham and is funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research.


  • Aged 18+
  • Have received care for the same health issue (excluding mental health) in both an NHS and private hospital, which must have included an overnight stay.


  • Online (via Zoom), or telephone


  • Taking part involves a single online/telephone interview (approx. 1 hour)
  • Participants will receive a payment of £25 for their time.

Recruiting until

  • 29 February 2024

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