Mike Parish, Care UK Chief Executive said, “We understand the urgency with which the NHS needs to be able to reduce unscheduled and inappropriate hospital admissions of patients who can and should receive treatment elsewhere.
Bringing Harmoni into Care UK’s healthcare organisation will help us to help commissioners within the NHS make the most effective use of their resources, making sure that unscheduled treatment, including out of hours needs, takes place in the most appropriate setting.
“Harmoni is busy mobilising its new NHS 111 call services, which enable patients to use a single, simple contact point to access unscheduled care and which will allow us as a partner within the NHS to direct those patients to the right local service, which is often not an acute service.
“By putting the 111 channel and Harmoni’s expertise in healthcare technology, through Amicus ITS, alongside the existing out of hours expertise in both organisations, and Care UK’s ability to invest in future service development, we can give the NHS better quality care at lower costs.
“Both Care UK and Harmoni also have significant expertise in working with the Prison Service and commissioners to provide offender health services and will now be able to develop further capability in this area.
“I’m delighted to welcome all colleagues in Harmoni to Care UK. Our joint focus is to put quality first, to deliver exceptional care and to continue to meet and exceed the high standards of care delivery which both patients and commissioners expect of NHS services.”
Edmund Jahn, Harmoni Managing Director, said, “Becoming part of the Care UK family is hugely positive news for our patients, our commissioners and the colleagues who deliver high quality care across all our services. It gives all our services a strong and sustainable platform for the future as we work within Care UK to support the NHS.”
The acquisition of Harmoni adds significant expertise to Care UK’s existing primary care and diagnostic services, and complements the elective care services delivered at six treatment centres and at innovative clinical assessment and treatment services.
The combined organisation will be able to provide unscheduled care to more than 15 million patients through NHS 111 services, clinical contact centres and face to face consultations.