We work closely with the NHS to deliver high quality healthcare, help reduce waiting times and give you a greater level of choice.
The UK has a long and proud tradition of free and fair access to high quality healthcare services, delivered in part through independent sector providers working in close partnership with the NHS. We currently deliver more than 50 NHS services throughout the UK and in doing so treat more than a million patients every year and employ more than 2,500 health and care professionals.
We employ the same governance and accountability procedures as the NHS and are bound by the same standards and measures of success. This means the quality of care you receive at any Care UK facility should meet – and we hope exceed – the high levels of service you would expect from the NHS.
Why does the NHS work with the independent sector?
The NHS works with a range of partners to introduce new ways of thinking into the healthcare system and ensure patients are treated quickly and professionally when and where they choose. Offering a greater range of services through independent sector partners enables the NHS to focus on improving the quality of service delivery, reducing treatment times and ensuring positive treatment outcomes for all.
We are always coming up with new ideas for improving the value we deliver to our NHS partners and the experience we give our patients. Take our Greater Manchester Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (GM CATS) for example. This service enables patients to move through various stages of care – from an initial consultation to diagnostics and even the beginnings of treatment – all within the one appointment. This dramatically reduces treatment times and because the service is mobile, it also gives our patients the flexibility and convenience of being treated much closer to home.