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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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 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. The company provides innovative solutions that help advance medical research and genomics, enhance the diagnosis of infectious disease and cancer, improve medication management, promote infection prevention, equip surgical and interventional procedures and support the management of diabetes.

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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.





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.



 Civica Engagement Solutions


 Civica Engagement Solutions are specialists in the health sector and provide a variety of technology solutions and consultancy to help over 200 NHS bodies engage meaningfully with their staff, patients, members and stakeholders.

Our staff experience solution, Civica Empower, will help you understand what your people think and what drives them, as well as helping you identify areas where you can improve. It leverages SPEaC-Happy real-time feedback technology developed by clinicians at University Hospitals Bristol, coupled with Pansensic text analysis technology from leading innovation specialists. One Acute Trust using this solution in theatres has saved over £274,000 in just 12 months through reduced staff turnover and sickness absenteeism.

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.


Permanent medical staffing in the NHS has remained a thorny issue for over a decade now.

DOC2UK helps to address this problem by supplying qualified doctors to the NHS Trusts around the UK for permanent/fixed-term positions. It is an exclusive permanent medical recruitment agency that makes NHS recruitment of overseas doctors streamlined, safe and cost-effective.

We are a team of NHS doctors from India who built this database of more than 2500 doctors (vetted from 1.8million views) since our launch. We source high-quality doctors from around the world and introduce them to NHS Hospitals on our innovative platform. All our candidates are validated, vetted and supported through every step of the recruitment & retention.

We ensure that our doctors have the best onboarding and NHS integration support. We engaged with GMC, OET and British High Commission/Legal advisors to streamline the registration and visa application process. We are ISO 9001 & Cyber Essentials certified.
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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.


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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.



Medefer is a virtual healthcare provider to the NHS using innovative technology to support early, specialist-led patient care. This support leads to an improvement in the care pathway, faster care for patients, increased consultant capacity, and reduced costs for the NHS.

A virtual outpatient pathway through which its nationwide network of NHS consultants can remotely triage patient referrals, request a wide range of tests locally for the patient and, if required, arrange for the taking of additional patient history by a registrar. Based on this detailed test and history date, consultants can care for patients without the need for physical outpatient appointments.  



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.





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Novartis is reimagining medicine to improve and extend people’s lives. As a leading global medicines company, we use innovative science and digital technologies to create transformative treatments in areas of great medical need. In our quest to find new medicines, we consistently rank among the world’s top companies investing in research and development. Novartis products reach more than 800 million people globally and we are finding innovative ways to expand access to our latest treatments. About 130 000 people of nearly 150 nationalities work at Novartis around the world. Find out more at

In the UK, we employ approximately 1,300 people to serve healthcare needs across the whole of the UK, as well as supporting the global operations of Novartis. Since 2014, Novartis has invested over £200 million in R&D and is a leading sponsor of clinical trials, in the UK. For more information, please visit
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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.

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Salary Finance



We partner with employers to offer financial wellbeing for employees that help staff live healthier, happy lives. We do this by offering simple savings, access to their salary as it is earned, and affordable loans - all underpinned by accessible, engaging financial education. 




SDK Partners


Founded in 2016, SDK Partners is a growing management consultancy dedicated to adding value to the Public Services and wider UK Economy. We’re a team of experts in the fields of organisational and people development, financial sustainability and rapid change and delivery.



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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.

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