ChilversMcCrea and The Practice join forces

Posted on November 24, 2010. Filed under: Providers | Tags: , |

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Leading healthcare provider, The Practice, announces expansion news which will bolster its already extensive network of GP surgeries and walk-in centres. As of 19 November 2010, Chilvers & McCrea Ltd (Surgery business) became part of The Practice group. Combined, the group will now provide care to over 150,000 NHS patients registered in England and Wales through 50 surgeries, seven of which are walk-in centres.

With the forthcoming changes in NHS primary care in mind, Dr Sarah Chilvers and Dr Rory McCrea, the founders of Chilvers & McCrea Ltd, felt that by bringing the company under the umbrella of The Practice, it would benefit from the financial security and wider range of options for patient care which a larger organisation has to offer. It is strongly believed that this move will benefit all patients, stakeholders and surgery staff alike.

Peter Watts, Chief Executive for The Practice, says: “As a result of the White Paper ‘Liberating the NHS’, it is clear that providers of primary care need to be more cohesive in how they deliver care to patients. It is my belief that in order to be a fit for purpose organisation, we need to create a health eco-system with a scale and complexity that small localised organisations alone cannot achieve.”

Watts continued, “Sarah, Rory and I have frequently discussed the positive opportunities in providing primary healthcare as a combined organisation on behalf of the NHS. Over the years we have continued to identify the strong synergy between our respective organisations and with a radical shake-up of the NHS imminent, we feel that now is the right time to effect the integration necessary to realise this shared vision.”

Rory added: “We will be working closely with The Practice during the coming months to ensure the successful integration of the two organisations and the continued high quality of care for patients. Sarah and I will be stepping down from the day to day running of the business but are excited by the prospect of being able to focus on a number of strategic projects and healthcare initiatives for the group. Additionally we are continuing to offer our expertise to other healthcare and NHS bodies through ChilversMcCrea Healthcare”.

Notes to editors

The Practice is a primary care organisation, headquartered in Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire. It provides healthcare in the community as well as into secure environments such as prisons and detention centres.

The Practice was founded five years ago by GPs. It boasts a unique blend of clinical and commercial experience in that it combines best practice healthcare management with strong financial control and business acumen.

ChilversMcCrea Healthcare will continue as a Healthcare Provider in its own right. Chilvers and McCrea Ltd is the legal entity which holds the primary care medical services contracts (Surgeries). http://www.thepracticeplc.com

Contact

Imogen Erskine, The SPA Way (on behalf of The Practice), on: 020 7403 6900, email: imogen.erskine@thespaway.com orjessica.dixon@thespaway.com

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