Setting up a business in the healthcare sector

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Health is important, from keeping in shape to treating disease the healthcare sector is incredibly varied.

With people increasingly putting more focus into their health and wellbeing more and more businesses within the sector are cropping up, but what do you need when setting up a business which deals with some aspect of the public’s health?

What sort of business are you running?

Healthcare covers so many areas. Your decision to open a business might fall into a number of areas including:

  • Gym
  • Health Centre
  • Beauty Salon
  • NHS Treatment Provider

Depending on the sorts of services you offer the steps involved in setting up your business will vary in terms of what you need to do.

Permissions, licenses and legislation

Aside from staff, premises, equipment and the other more obvious requirements for running a business you also need to consider the different licenses and legislation you need to contend with.

For example, if you’re planning on opening a beauty salon which offers different cosmetic treatments such as sunbeds or electrolysis it is important to check if they require a premises licence from your local council.

The costs for licenses will vary from council to council and could require inspections to ensure your premises are suitable.

You should also ensure that if there are any special accreditations that your business can gain that shows they operate a quality service which is safe and monitored that you do so. This can help create a sense of quality around your business which could be crucial as you establish yourself in a crowded sector.

You should also ensure that any staff are qualified to provide treatment, and have demonstrable expertise. For example, if you run a gym and you offer a personal trainer service you should be certain your personal trainers are highly qualified and not going to suggest anything to your customers likely to cause injury or long term problems.

Infection Control

If your business offers medical or cosmetic procedures then cleanliness and preventing the spread of germs and bacteria is crucial.

Infection control involves a number of steps, from ensuring surfaces are clean to having healthcare uniforms which are designed to reduce the spread of infection and being easy to clean to kill germs and avoid staff taking them home with them inadvertently.

A healthcare business can be incredibly rewarding, helping people to feel better about themselves or make positive changes in their lives. Taking the right steps to ensure you set your business up correctly and allow you to present yourself as a qualified, safe place to seek to improve your health is crucial to ensuring long-term success.

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