The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

Population 254,000
Beds 600
Income £184,621k
Comprehensive Surplus £203k
Operating Surplus £1,368k
EBITDA
PPI Cap 0.1%
PPI £22k
Public Members 14,497

The Annual Report [1] announces:

the launch of Careplus Skin providing paid for hair removal delivered by NHS professionals

This is a paid-for hair removal service. The trust’s website says that care is not only delivered “by NHS professionals” but that it is a “consultant led service” [2]:

Based within the Rotherham Hospital Dermatology Department, the consultant led service is provided by a friendly experienced team of dermatology trained nurses and NHS professionals.

The private service even has its own subdomain on the nhs.uk domain [3]:

Welcome to Careplus Skin

Tired of messy creams, waxing and shaving?

Careplus Skin provides a unique laser hair removal service to remove unwanted hair so you can enjoy smooth, hair free skin without the hassle of waxing and shaving. Unlike other methods, laser hair removal provides a safe and effective long term solution to unwanted hair on the face and body.

Based within the Rotherham Hospital Dermatology Department, the consultant led service is provided by a friendly experienced team of dermatology trained nurses and NHS professionals.

In the Forward Plan [4] the trust says about partnerships:

As finances shrink, we need to work even more closely with commissioners and other partners (both public sector and private providers) to ensure our population continues to receive the highest quality services whilst delivering best value for money.

The trust sees AQP as a threat:

The key threat and opportunity anticipated is that presented by the fast emerging development of Any Qualified Provider with work now beginning in earnest to take forward this agenda. There are threats in terms of potential loss of services currently provided and henceforth subsequent loss of associated income.

But they also see it as an opportunity:

Whilst there are significant threats, there may also be potential opportunities for income generation should we decide it appropriate to pursue any rewarding opportunities. We will strategically assess the opportunity as well as the risk of AQP in order to balance any losses by extending activities where economically viable to do so, as set out in the 11/13 Marketing Strategy.

Further:

Introduction of Any Qualified Provider is running at pace and we perceive this a both a threat and a potential opportunity but until specific details are made available it is difficult to assess the impact – it is our knowledge of the potential threat/opportunity that is most important factor, meaning we will be keen to keep abreast of AQP activity across the region.

In the Forward Plan’s Sustainability through Innovation and Diversification section the trust says that it will focus on

This area will focus on: … private patients services

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[1] www.monitor-nhsft.gov.uk/sites/all/modules/fckeditor/plugins/ktbrowser/_openTKFile.php?id=13351
[2] www.rotherhamhospital.nhs.uk/Dermatology/Care_Plus_Skin/Careplus_Skin/
[3] www.careplus.nhs.uk/skin/
[4] www.monitor-nhsft.gov.uk/sites/all/modules/fckeditor/plugins/ktbrowser/_openTKFile.php?id=11631

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