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Leading the way in how healthcare services are delivered across the UK.

2014

Care UK Health Care begins the year by launching the UK’s first Google Business View tour of an NHS hospital.

In January we are awarded a contract by the Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to run the Minor Injury Unit (MIU) at the Royal South Hants Hospital.

In March we are awarded the healthcare contracts for HMP Brixton and HMP Pentonville, consolidating our position as the largest single provider of healthcare services to HM Prison Service.

In December Care UK is chosen to run healthcare services at Staffordshire prisons. The partnership with NHS England, which runs for five years, brings the number of prisons and young offender institutions supported by Care UK to 22.

2013

We begin the year by rolling out new community-based NHS ultrasound services across 14 regions.

The autumn sees us named as the top organisation in the prestigious 2013 Laing’s Healthcare 20 – a list that highlights the work of the most interesting and exciting organisations working in UK healthcare.

2012

In November we acquire healthcare provider, Harmoni, in a move designed to improve unscheduled NHS care and reduce waiting times, as well as relieve pressure on NHS acute services.

2011

Late summer sees four of Care UK’s treatment centres receive a full A-status Joint Advisory Group (JAG) accreditation. The centres include North West CATS, the first mobile endoscopy service ever to receive JAG accreditation. The accreditation also recognises our clinical audit strategy which resulted in the creation of a falls prevention programme at Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre.

In November the Dr Foster Hospital Guide names us as best for hip replacement operations. We also feature in the top ten of best performing hospitals for knee replacement operations.

2010

In March private equity group Bridgepoint becomes the major shareholder in Care UK. The move enables us to continue to invest in new facilities and to expand our range of innovative and high quality services. We de-list from the London Stock Exchange on April 27 and change our name to Care UK Ltd.

In April, when our five year contract to run the Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre ends, we are granted a six month extension to run the contract. We later go on to run this extremely successful treatment centre with no guarantee of income from the local PCTs. Instead we’re paid on an innovative procedure-by-procedure basis.

In June we win the contract to run the Eccleshill NHS Treatment Centre, delivering a range of services to the people of Bradford, Airedale and Leeds for NHS Bradford and Airedale.

2009

In February we launch a brand new, state-of-the-art mobile assessment and treatment service: the North West CATS. In just four weeks it receives over 1,000 referrals from local doctors. We also launch a number of new GP-led health centres, bringing the total operated by Care UK to 11.

2008

Another busy year for Care UK Health Care as we acquire the remaining 50 per cent share of Partnership Health Group (PHG), giving us full ownership of this company that operates independent sector treatment centres (ISTCs) for the NHS.

We also win another contract to build and operate another treatment centre in Southampton, and this begins operating in October. We now operate a total of ten ISTCs.

2007

In March, Care UK launches its first treatment centre in London. North East London NHS Treatment Centre provides extra capacity and choice in healthcare for the one million people living in the local area. This year also sees us acquire Mercury Health, and we’re appointed as preferred provider for North West CATS.

2006

We’re commissioned to deliver primary care services in Newcastle, London, Luton, and Barking and Dagenham. We also achieve another ‘first’ as we open our first GP practice and walk-in centre (in Dagenham).

2004

This year sees us entering the primary care market, by winning a GP out-of-hours contract in south east Essex.

2003

We form a joint venture with Afrox Healthcare to bid for ISTC contracts from the NHS. Together we win three contracts. 

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