Meet our associates

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NHS Confederation associates are organisations who work with and supply services to the NHS.

They are a valuable part of the health and care sector providing some of the most innovative and essential services. The leaders of the NHS Confederation are committed to working closely with the associates to recognise the added value and shared benefits.

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Advanced logo

Reimagine your Financial Management, IT, Clinical Triage and Electronic Patient Record solutions with one of the NHS’ most trusted technology partners. Through our health sector focused solutions we positively impact millions of people’s lives through continually investing in our people, partnerships and own technologies. Developed as a result of real market insight our solutions provide for greater efficiency in your back office ensuring your finances and IT services are managed effectively, patient side our clinical and patient management solutions manage episodes of care quickly and safely.

True partnership is the defining thing that makes us different from the competition. We pride ourselves on delivering focused right-first-time software solutions that simplify complex business challenges and deliver immediate value.

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Find out how Advanced use their long history with the NHS to provide health sector focused software solutions.

Allocate Software

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We are the leading provider of healthcare workforce deployment software. Our solutions are used by hundreds of health and care organisations across all sectors to deliver safe staffing and productivity savings. Whether you are creating rosters and rotas, managing leave, locum or bank staff, monitoring time and attendance or delivering dynamic daily staffing management using acuity & dependency our software and service will help you deliver results.


We have a meaningful relationship with the Confed rather than a transactional one.

Find out more about Allocate Software


Attain logo

Attain works in partnership with the NHS and local authorities to transform health and wellbeing and are the largest independent health advisory and delivery organisation in the UK and invest our expertise in planning, design and delivery of health and social care to make the NHS and patients better off. Our areas of expertise support commissioners, providers and care systems in overcoming the challenges they face and include: Primary care, Mental health and learning disabilities, Acute care, Integration, Urgent and Emergency care, Turnaround and Digital. We have a strong reputation for delivery and lasting impact across health and social care – from system design, to service transformation and commercial advice.


Our team of 80+ healthcare experts across the UK, combine clinical, management consulting, analytical, transformation and commercial experience. As a team, we are driven by set of values that define how we work with passion, transparency and rigour to help transform the NHS.


By working closely with clinicians, patients and managers, we deliver real transformation and cost savings. Whether its short term strategic advice or longer-term hands on delivery that you need, we have expertise and experience to support you.


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BD logo

BD is a global medical technology company that is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care. BD leads in patient and health care worker safety and the technologies that enable medical research and clinical laboratories.


Bevan Brittan

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Bevan Brittan provides practical, high quality and commercially relevant legal advice to public, private and third sector organisations. Our experience includes working with clients across central and local government, NHS commissioning and provider organisations, 40 housing associations and over 100 private sector companies.


Boehringer Ingelheim 

Improving the health and quality of life of patients is our goal at the research-driven pharmaceutical company, Boehringer Ingelheim. Family-owned since it was established in 1885, Boehringer Ingelheim is one of the pharmaceutical industry’s top 20 companies.

Some 50,000 employees create value through innovation every day for the three business areas: human pharmaceuticals; animal health; and, biopharmaceuticals. In 2017, Boehringer Ingelheim achieved net sales of around €18.1 billion and our investment in research corresponded to 17% of net sales.

We concentrate on developing innovative therapies that can extend patients’ lives.

We are also a world-leading contract manufacturer of biopharmaceuticals, using cell cultures and micro-organisms at plants in Austria, China, Germany and the USA.




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Capsticks is widely known for its specialist understanding of health, housing and social care. Our work and expertise in these complementary areas give us a unique insight into the challenges that they face, particularly as the delivery of their services becomes increasingly integrated.

When it comes to health and social care law, Capsticks is one step ahead.

Discover more about Capsticks

Channel 3 Consulting

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Channel 3 Consulting is a market-leading digital consultancy, delivering high impact programmes within the health and broader public sectors, to improve service delivery and enhance patient care.

Our services are designed around helping clients achieve more by implementing swift and effective change, whether that’s to tackle immediate priorities, or to plan for a more sustainable future. This includes:

  • Outcomes-focused major change programmes, combining development and implementation of a digital business strategy, with procurement, implementation, benefits realisation and specialist resourcing
  • Business and clinical risk assessment, financial and operational recovery, encompassing analysis of corporate and clinical systems, business and clinical process optimisation and priority action planning and execution
  • ICT – specifying, procuring and implementing the right technology and systems to enable integrated, efficient and effective working
  • Digital transformation – from business case to implementation, working with staff, partners and patients to digitise their organisations and services
  • Embedding skilled teams within your organisation to deliver projects

We can help your organisation make strategic business and investment choices which drive quality, efficiency and improved clinical outcomes through effective digitisation.

We are currently delivering programmes in partnership with over 60 health and social care organisations - spanning accountable care systems, providers, commissioners and private health companies.

For more information, please contact Alistair King on or visit


DAC Beachcroft

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We are proud to lead a team of 2300 people that is recognised for the quality of their insights and outstanding commitment to client service; proud to be providing an environment that encourages the continued development of our talented colleagues.

Evalucom Consulting Limited

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Evalucom is an SME consultancy company. Our mission is to improve health and social care quality, market sustainability and value for money.


Federation of Opthalmic and Dispensing Opticians

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FODO represent the interests of opticians, optometrists and other optical professionals and businesses at the highest level of national policy debate  

Healthcare UK

Healthcare UK is a joint government initiative of the Department of Health & Social Care, NHS England and the Department of International Trade. We promote and mobilie the British healthcare sector internationally and drive export opportunities to win more business overseas. We work with the NHS to strengthen its capacity to operate and succeed internationally.

Healthcare UK understands the challenges and barriers which NHS trusts can experience when exploring opportunities to export. With our team of global advisors and networks, we will support you to identify the opportunities, potential barriers and work with you to develop your export capability.


 Find out more about Healthcare UK


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Hempsons, a leading national health and social care law firm, advise clients on a wide range of strategic and legal issues to help them meet the complex and ever changing challenges they face. Hempsons’ NHS client base includes many Foundation Trusts, NHS Trusts, CCGs and CSUs, NHS Improvement, NHS England and other health related bodies. We are appointed to every NHS legal service panel across England.



iWantGreatCare (iWGC)

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iWantGreatCare (iWGC) is a global leader in patient feedback, operating in over 20 countries and 23 languages. Over five million patient reviews have been published on its website

iWGC works with NHS Trusts on the collection and analysis of patient feedback to understand patient experiences, outcomes and pathways. Data is collected and shared at all levels, from a system level across multiple locations, through to individual services and clinicians, who use the feedback for revalidation and appraisal.

iWGC provides services to the NHS such as the Friends and Family Test but also bespoke projects that may require a more complex system approach with multiple patient engagement touchpoints and detailed insights.

If you have a particular project in mind that you’d like to discuss with iWantGreatCare, Jon Twinn, Managing Director of iWGC, will be pleased to speak to you and can be contacted on or 01608 811864.



Liaison provide specialist NHS VAT, Financial Management and Workforce Management services that have won us the trust of over 300 NHS clients. More than two-thirds of NHS organisations are now working with us, each seeing serious cost savings as a result.


The Medical Journalists' Association

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The Medical Journalists’ Association (MJA) represents around 500 health and medical writers, broadcasters and editors. Our members work across a broad range of media including national newspapers and broadcasters, consumer titles, specialist journals, trade press, regional press and online platforms. Some also offer communications services including media training and workshops, drafting and editing reports, and advice on media messaging and how to write press releases. The MJA can also distribute information to members.


Newton Europe

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We deliver change across the public and private sectors, from healthcare to defence and aerospace, local government, grocery, consumer, manufacturing, transport and utilities.


NHS Business Services Authority

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The NHS Business Services Authority is an Arm’s Length Body of the Department of Health and Social Care.  We oversee £34 billion of NHS expenditure annually and deliver a range of national services including prescription and dental processing, issuing prescription exemption certificates and administering the NHS Pension Scheme. Our ‘Hire to Retire’ portfolio includes NHS Jobs and ESR, helps us to support NHS employees throughout their career.

Our purpose is to be a catalyst for better health. Insight gained from data analysis enables us to support national initiatives that improve patient outcomes and generate savings -over £750 million for the NHS to date.



NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA)

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The NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) is a special health authority tasked with leading the fight against fraud, bribery and corruption affecting the NHS and wider health service. An estimated £1.29bn was lost in the NHS due to fraud in 2016-17.

As an intelligence-led organisation, the NHSCFA uses information from a wide range of sources to build a better understanding of the fraud risks faced by the NHS, and to develop creative, innovative and proportionate solutions to tackle fraud.

If you have any suspicions or concerns about fraud in the NHS, please report it to the NHSCFA - call the Freephone line 0800 028 4060 (powered by Crimestoppers) or report online.


Find out more about the NHS Counter Fraud Authority

NHS Professionals

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Working in partnership with NHS Trust clients, NHS Professionals provides a service that combines intimate understanding of the Trusts temporary and flexible workforce requirements with the reliability, quality and value for money that only a managed service can offer.




Optum logo

Optum is a health services and innovation company with a to help people live healthier lives and to help make the health system work better for everyone.



PPL logo

PPL is a specialist Health and Social Care Consultancy, founded in 2007, providing capacity building, analytics and delivery support to the NHS. We have extensive experience of helping organisations understand the challenges they are facing, and enabling them to deliver real improvements in outcomes and efficiency. 
We believe there is a need to take what is already good about the way we care, and scale this to meet the growing and changing needs of our population.

Find out more about PPL Consulting


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Visions4Healthare are an established healthcare network agency specialising in market access with a proven track record of redefining market access for clients. We are proud to say that...we really get it!

Find out more about Visions4Health


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We are experts in shaping strategies and creating original content to change the conversation and stimulate markets. Our approach is built on our knowledge of the sector and we pride ourselves on delivering high-quality work defined by the use of concise language and beautiful design.


We are creative, connected and credible.

Find out more about ZPB.


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