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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
OCE

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commercial patient work

The following principles guide us both for commercial work; they are similar to the principles that guide all our clinical work.

  • We would always consider the patient as a whole, and all their needs rather than focusing on only one small area. Clinical decisions are always made in the best interests of the patient.
  • Patients who are funded commercially are seen alongside patients who are funded through the NHS. They will be seen by staff who have the appropriate level of expertise for the matter in hand.
  • We will always keep the funding agency in contact with clinical matters, providing reports on a regular basis as negotiated with the funding agency.
  • The likely costs will be identified beforehand, making it clear what is funded and what is not funded, and the likely additional costs or cost savings where there is uncertainty.