Setting up in private practice

Future dates for this course will be announced.

We will not be running face to face courses until further notice. When the situation changes we will update our website. In the meantime we are offering this as a virtual course.

Get practical advice on taking the next step in your career as a private practitioner. 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.

Access a month-long package of virtual support including weekly webinars hosted by business specialists with experience of advising consultants setting up in private practice. Get insights from a doctor working in private practice. And ask questions live or email them between sessions to

Each session will be recorded. If you miss a week you will be sent a recording.

Course content

Week 1: The essentials – live webinar

Thursday 25 March 2021, 7:00pm-8:30pm

  • How to set up and define goals for your private practice
  • Identifying what you’re offering and how to stand out from the crowd
  • How much time is required to achieve patient satisfaction and your goals, determining your expectations for work-life balance
  • Understanding the implications your private practice will have on your NHS practice and job plan

Week 2: The rules – live webinar

Wednesday 31 March 2021, 7:00pm-8:30pm

  • NHS rules governing private practice
  • Private hospital group perspective
  • Private medical insurance company perspective
  • Medico-legal perspective

Week 3: Finances and marketing – live webinar 

Thursday 8 April 2021, 7:00pm-8:30pm 

  • What to consider when setting up a website
  • Social media
  • Bookkeeping, invoicing and credit control
  • Getting paid for your work

Week 4: Accountancy and expenses – live webinar 

Wednesday 14 April 2021, 7:00pm-8:30pm

  • How to set up: sole trader, limited company or 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 Mike Roddis and Dr Jerard Ross, and featuring 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