Setting up in private practice

Future dates for this course will be announced.

As you are aware the UK government has indicated that everyone in the UK should avoid non-essential travel and contact and we are following this advice. After careful consideration we have decided to cancel all face to face courses until the end of 2020. When the situation changes we will update our website.

Consultants preparing to take the next step in their career as a private practitioner will find this course offers an essential grounding in key aspects of running a business.

You will hear from a number of expert speakers with extensive experience of advising consultants who are setting up in private practice.

Course content

  • The doctor in private practice.
  • Dealing with private medical insurance companies.
  • Working in private hospitals.
  • The medico-legal perspective.
  • The financial perspective.
  • The accountancy perspective.
  • Marketing your services.

Who should attend?

  • Consultants/specialists preparing to set up in independent practice.


Facilitated by Dr Mike Roddis and includes an MDU medico-legal adviser and representatives from an accountancy firm, private hospital group, private health insurer and a consultant working in private practice.

Mike Roddis

Dr Mike Roddis


Director, MJ Roddis Associates Ltd.

Mike, a former pathologist, has worked as a medical director in the NHS and in the independent healthcare sector. He now works with NHS trusts and others to help them improve the performance of doctors. In particular, he works with individuals to improve their interpersonal and professional skills, and with teams of clinicians who seek help to improve their performance. He is an experienced investigator of conduct and capability issues in consultants, works as a consultancy adviser to the Royal College of Pathologists and sits on the advisory board of CORESS (a confidential reporting system for surgery).


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

  • Consultant, Inverness
  • 26 March 2018 5:08PM

Essential course for those stepping into private practice.

  • Consultant, UCH
  • 26 March 2018 5:07PM

Absolutely necessary, even if you are in the contemplation phase.

  • Consultant, Norfolk
  • 14 March 2018 4:37PM

The overall view of private practice was excellent as were the more in depth topics. All of them complimented each other.

  • Consultant from Essex
  • 2 August 2017 12:37PM

Essential before starting PP

  • Consultant from sunderland
  • 2 August 2017 12:36PM

Very useful - I wouldn't contemplate setting up in PP without attending this course!

  • Consultant from London
  • 2 August 2017 12:33PM

Good range of topics covered

  • Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, London
  • 8 May 2017 10:27AM

Very helpful to get a perspective on something totally new to me.

  • Consultant O&G, Sunderland
  • 8 May 2017 10:26AM

Very useful. I wouldn’t contemplate setting up in private practice without attending this course.

  • Consultant Surgeon, Kingston
  • 8 May 2017 10:26AM

Excellent course – am enthused to start private practice after months of procrastinating.

  • Anonymous
  • 22 April 2016 4:37PM

Very useful with a good range of speakers covering different aspects.

  • Anonymous
  • 22 April 2016 4:37PM

Excellent – a great deal of new and critical information.

  • Anonymous
  • 22 April 2016 4:37PM

Superb value for money. I would wholeheartedly recommend it.

  • Dr Sagar
  • 12 January 2016 8:29AM

Excellent course. Effective to get you up to speed quickly with the world of private practice.

  • Anonymous
  • 19 November 2015 8:15AM

Good way of understanding what one needs! No one tells you how to start.