How we work with Consultants

Compliance with the CMA Order

In October 2014 the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published the Private Healthcare Market Investigation Order 2014 (the Order). To comply with the Order private hospitals must disclose certain information relating to referring clinicians (as defined by the Order) for the benefit of patients. In accordance with the Order, the information set out below is provided by Schoen Clinic London and is broken into higher value services and low value services.

Higher value services

Schoen Clinic London provides consulting rooms to referring clinicians at a rental rate of £25 per hour (inclusive of VAT).

Medical secretary services may also be provided to referring clinicians at a rate of £20 -£25 per hour (inclusive of VAT) depending on the location and experience of the employee.

The above amounts are considered representative of a fair market value and are reported to the best of knowledge of Schoen Clinic London.

Low value services

Low value services provided by Schoen Clinic to our referring clinicians include:

  • Basic workplace amenities such as coffee, tea, refreshments and stationery
  • General marketing support
  • Operational and administrative services to facilitate the appropriate processing of patient admissions
  • Space and facilities for clinical meetings such as MDT

Medical advisory services

As part of our continued efforts to improve patient care and experience, Schoen Clinic works closely with named clinicians for medical advisory services. Schoen Clinic’s advisors are senior medical personnel and viewed as esteemed specialists in their field. 

Schoen Clinic is charged an hourly rate by these Consultants in return for their advice, and these rates are based on the amount that they earn in the independent sector for their clinical services.

Our advisors have practising privileges at our hospitals; however, they are not obliged to treat their patients at Schoen Clinic and work in compliance with the Bribery Act and GMC guidance and the Market Investigation Order of 2014.

Dr Eoin Sherry is the Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) at Schoen Clinic London. The Fee payable for this position is £10,000 per annum inclusive of VAT up to a maximum of £20,000 over the term of the agreement. 

The role of the MAC Chair is to provide leadership in the MAC function, in particular through the representation of patients’ interests and those of the medical profession. Their role also provides senior professional advice to the Hospital Director, Medical Director and Chief Nurse in order to support effective medical governance and oversight.

Dr Julian Widdowson, Consultant in Sports & Exercise Medicine at Schoen Clinic London also provides paid services to Schoen Clinic by siting on advisory committees, leading the Sports & Exercise Medicine Department and advising on MSK strategy and service line initiatives. He is paid £260.00 per hour for such services and received renumeration of £49,920 during 2020.

Group hospitality networking events

On occasion, we host group networking or training events for Consultants and local primary care professionals. Refreshments are provided at these events and we sometimes use and pay for external venues when there is insufficient space at our hospital.

These occasions provide a forum to discuss the latest industry topics, technologies, procedures and treatments in a relaxed and informative environment. Our networking events are an excellent way to enhance primary care professionals' understanding and knowledge of our hospital and the specialist services that we provide to help them care for their patients.

We may also invite Consultants to discuss options for developing the hospital or services and these may be held over dinner. The hospital covers all the costs of these events, up to a maximum of £250 per head.