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


Care UK launches treatment for patients with private medical insurance and launches its Private Patient Contact Centre (PPCC) service to help make patient experience better.

Bristol NHS 111 service receives an ‘Outstanding’ rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The Junction Health Centre joins Practice Plus.

We begin to provide healthcare services to Norfolk prisons; HMP Wayland and HMP Bure.


Southampton Treatment Centre is awarded an ‘Outstanding’ rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Barlborough Treatment Centre launches day case hip and knee replacements helping patients recover in the comfort of their own home.

Prison Assist was launched to give prisoners access to great health support without leaving the prison.

Brighton Station Health Centre becomes one of Practice Plus services, with an additional branch opening in Boots, North Street.

Our partnership to provide healthcare services to HMP Isle of Wight is continued.


Care UK launch’s Self Pay, providing patients with flexible options and giving them the choice to pay for their own treatments.

Shepton Mallet Treatment Centre and Rochdale Ophthalmology Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (CATS) recieves an 'Outstanding' rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). 

We start to provide healthcare services to residents in HMPYOI Doncaster, HMP Lindholme, HMP Moorland and HMP Hatfield. As well as the Devon and Dorset cluster; HMP Exeter, HMP Dartmoor, HMP Channings Wood, HMP Guys Marsh, HMPYOI Portland and HMP The Verne. 

Practice Assist launched in the Brighton cluster.


Care UK launches Practice Assist, a service that helps practice partners run their surgeries more effectively and efficiently.

Peninsula Treatment Centre was awarded an 'Outstanding' rating from the Care Quality Commission.

We start to provide healthcare services to West Yorkshire prisons; HMP Leeds, HMP Wealstun, HMP Wakefield, West Yorkshire Female prisons; HMPYOI Askham Grange and HMPYOI New Hall. Staffordshire and Worcestershire; HMYOI Werrington, HMPYOI Brinsford, HMP Featherstone, HMP Stafford, HMP Oakwood, HMP Long Lartin, HMP Hewell, HMPYOI Drake Hall and HMPYOI Swinfen Hall. HMP Foston Hall and HMP Sudbury, HMP Wormwood Scrubs, Thames Valley; HMPYOI Aylesbury, HMP Grendon and HMP Spring hill, HMP Bullingdon, HMP Huntercombe and Campsfield House IRC (Now closed).


In 2015 we were awarded HMPYOI Hollesley Bay, HMP Highpoint, and HMPYOI Warren Hill to run our healthcare services.


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.

We continued our partnership with HMP Dovegate, HMP's Pentonville and HMP Brixton providing healthcare to the centre's residents.


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. 

We began a partnership to start operating healthcare services within HMYOI Feltham. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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


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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