Setting up in private practice

Future dates for this course will be announced.

We are offering this as a full-day virtual course with post course email support and access to recordings.

This course provides an essential grounding in the key aspects of setting up and running a business and the common pitfalls to look out for.

Get insights from a doctor working in private practice and advice from business specialists with extensive experience of advising consultants setting up in private practice.

Course content

The doctor in private practice

  • Setting up in private practice and defining your goals
  • Identifying your offering and standing out from the crowd
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Determining expectations for your work-life balance
  • Understanding the implications your private practice will have on your NHS practice and job plan

NHS rules governing private practice

  • Terms and conditions of service
  • Code of conduct for private practice

Medico-legal perspective

  • Professional indemnity
  • General Medical Council perspective
  • Care Quality Commission
  • Clinical records: the Data Protection Act, storage and retention of records
  • Appraisal and revalidation

Private medical insurance company perspective

Private hospital group perspective

Finances and marketing 

  • Bookkeeping, invoicing and credit control
  • Pricing your services
  • What to consider when setting up a website

Accountancy and expenses

  • How to set up: sole trader, limited company, limited partnership
  • Tax, NI, PAYE
  • Expenses: what you can and can’t claim

Who should attend?

  • Consultants/specialists preparing to set up in private practice or with some prior experience


Facilitated by Dr Jerard Ross, and featuring representatives from an accountancy firm, private hospital group, private health insurer and a consultant working in private practice.


Dr Jerard Ross BSc(MedSci)(Hons) MB ChB MD FRCS FRCS(Neurosurgery) DLM

MDU medico-legal adviser

Jerard graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 1994. He then moved into surgical training in Edinburgh before completing his M.D. at the University of Manchester. Before joining the MDU he was a consultant in adult and paediatric neurosurgery in Edinburgh where he was the surgeon to the Scottish National Paediatric Epilepsy Programme.


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  • Consultant, Cambridge
  • 29 January 2020 4:40PM

Good overview for anyone starting private practice

  • Consultant, Hampshire
  • 9 May 2019 3:00PM

comprehensive overview of the many issues to address when preparing to start private practice. Suitable for entry level but also for colleagues with prior private practice experience.

  • Consultant, Hillingdon
  • 8 January 2019 3:56PM

Excellent advice on risks and benefits of private practice - knowledgeable speakers