How to set up your PHIN profile. A step-by-step guide.
Last month we posted an article in relation to PHIN, and the importance of having a profile and keeping it up to date.
We sat down with Jonathan Evans Communications and External Affairs Manager, Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN), to ask him why private practitioners should be part of their network.
For those of you who may not be familiar with PHIN, it is an independent, government-mandated source of information about private healthcare. The principle behind the network is to ‘empower patients to make better-informed choices when choosing private treatment.’
If you have not yet read our first article ‘Is your PHIN profile accurate’ we recommend doing so before continuing with this article.
When we posted the article we received many messages about the set-up process so thought it would be worth creating a follow up to take you through it step-by-step.
The CMA Order 2014 requires private healthcare facilities in the UK to submit private activity data to PHIN. Consultants are invited to review and verify the data submitted by facilities about their practice via the PHIN Consultant Portal.
Following some helpful feedback from consultants, PHIN has made some changes to the Portal, making the login journey easier. To access the new Portal you will need to activate your account, even if you have logged in before. An email will be sent to your GMC registered email address inviting you to activate your Portal account.
To demonstrate activating your account before signing in, there are steps below to help.
The first step is to visit the Portal:
https://portal.phin.org.uk/ and click ‘activate your account’ under the sign-in button.
Follow the steps on the screen to activate your account.
To confirm you are the owner of the email address that you are using, request a security code by entering the email address you have registered with the GMC and select ‘Request security code’. This will arrive in your inbox shortly.
The security code you receive will be sent from a Microsoft account on behalf of PHIN. You will need to use the 6 digit code to verify that you are the owner of the email address.
Enter the security code and click ‘submit code’.
Your email address will then be successfully verified and you will be asked to create a new password.
Please follow the on-screen guidance to create your password and include both upper and lower case letters, digits and symbols to generate a strong password.
Once you’ve created a new password, click ‘Create’. You should then be able to log in to the PHIN Portal.
So there you have it. Your step by step process to accessing and setting up your PHIN profile. PHIN is a legal requirement for all consultants in the UK, but we asked Jonathan what else would he add to the standard information available on PHIN, especially to new consultants entering private healthcare. He told us:
‘Engaging with PHIN is really important. Not only is it a legal requirement to engage with PHIN to submit fee information but reviewing your data and signing it off for publication is crucial and, when consultants have done that, many of them tell us that it is a very valuable resource.
Following the Paterson Inquiry and greater collaboration between the NHS and private sector through the Covid-19 pandemic, there is a big push for greater transparency, and it is unlikely that private healthcare will ever go back to the days of old. People considering private treatment are consumers and they act like consumers.
Greater transparency about what work consultants and hospitals undertake, and the outcomes (i.e. the benefit to patients), is now an expectation.
PHIN is not only a great place to market yourself, but it is also a place where you can view your whole practice data. This can help with whole practice appraisal and revalidation, but many consultants also find this helpful for understanding the care they provide in relation to others.’
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