Meet our associates

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

Associates 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.

For your organisation to be profiled, please email us.

  • AbbVie's mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines that solve serious health issues today and address the medical challenges of tomorrow. The company strive to have a remarkable impact on people's lives across several key therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, neuroscience, eye care, virology, in addition to products and services across its Allergan Aesthetics portfolio. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at Follow us on TwitterYouTube.

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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.

    Visit Attain for more.

  •  UK’s largest children’s charity, Barnardo’s brings over 150 years’ experience of delivering services to the most vulnerable children, young people and families in society. Promoting and improving health and wellbeing has always been at the heart of our work. We work in partnership with a range of commissioners including LAs, the NHS, CCGs and the DfE to deliver cost-effective, innovative health and wellbeing services across the UK, operating right across the spectrum of prevention, early intervention, targeted and specialist support in a variety of disciplines and settings.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Find out more at DOC2UK.

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

  • Faculty is an applied artificial intelligence company. We help build smarter, more agile organisations by supporting our public and private sector customers to make better decisions. Our AI solutions deliver performance that sets you apart, in circumstances when it matters most, through partnership that makes you stronger.

    We're particularly experienced in helping healthcare leaders to transform patient care, streamline processes and accelerate the adoption of high-impact AI in healthcare.

    At Faculty we've:

    • Accelerated drug development: We worked with scientists at the Francis Crick Institute to develop models that track individual cells, helping identify events like mitosis and cell death.
    • Improved operational decision making: We built the COVID-19 Early Warning System to help NHS leaders allocate scarce resources, such as ventilators, to those who needed them most. Read our case study here
    • Supported data-driven planning & proactive care delivery: We optimised the East Midlands Radiology Consortium's patient scheduling with machine learning to reduce patient delay. Read our case study here
    • Built data science capabilities & deploy safe AI: We partnered with NHSX to enable the development of safe, robust models to diagnose COVID-19 from medical images
  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • We are a longstanding provider of strategic legal advice and support to a wide range of clients in the health and care sector. We understand the key issues and motivators facing NHS, independent and voluntary sector organisations today. Our large multidisciplinary specialist team provides immediate access to high quality, practical advice, with clients benefiting from the service standards of a top international law firm and our commitment to working in partnership with them as trusted advisers. 

  • For GPs, PCNs and integrated care systems, Klinik provides an AI-driven total triage and patient flow management solution that directs all patient queries to the right point of care. Klinik helps to release capacity, enable more effective workforce planning, and reduce the costs of care with customisable workflows and clinical decision support that make the most of the skills of the entire primary care team.

    Find out more about Klinik Healthcare Solutions.

  • 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 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 Open Space, developed by NHS Property Services, enables the flexible booking of sessional space across the NHS estate. Services can hire both clinical and non-clinical spaces – ranging from examination rooms to offices – as and when they need it.

    Health, wellbeing, and community services can choose from over 1,100 rooms across 190 sites (with more sites coming soon), booking through our simple booking platform on a pay-as-you-go basis. Once booked and on-site, they can be sure of clean, safe, and ready-to-go rooms every time, with trained staff available to help.

    Welcoming new services into our sites also helps make better use of NHS space, maximising the use of our sites to offer communities a wider range of services from their local health hub. And access to clear and transparent data on how NHS spaces are being used means we can manage it more effectively, optimising the NHS estate to deliver excellent patient care.

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  • NHS Supply Chain manages the sourcing, delivery and supply of healthcare products, services and food for NHS trusts and healthcare organisations across England and Wales.

    Managing more than 4.5 million orders per year, across 94,000 order points, 17,465 locations and delivering 25 million lines of picked goods to the NHS, the NHS Supply Chain system consolidates orders from over 800 suppliers, saving trusts time and money and removing duplication of overlapping contracts.

    A new operating model, launched fully in 2019, aligned to Lord Carter's review of efficiencies in hospitals, had been designed to help the NHS delivery clinically assured, quality products at the best value, through a range of specialist buying functions. Its aim is to leverage the buying power of the NHS to negotiate the best deals from suppliers and delivery savings back into NHS frontline services. 


    Twitter: @NHSSupplyChain


  • 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

  • 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.

  • Rensair is a specialist in air purification, protecting and enhancing lives through clean air.

    Our patented technology, which combines H13 HEPA filtration with germicidal UVC light, was developed to meet the strict standards of Scandinavian hospitals and is independently validated by scientific research laboratories, including Eurofins, Norconsult, Oslo University Hospital, and the Danish Technological Institute. We now supply multiple NHS hospitals, dental practices and care homes across the UK.

    Rensair air purification units trap and destroy a minimum of 99.97% of airborne viruses, including coronavirus, and meet all the standards recommended by the UK SAGE committee and US EPA. When applied to the current pandemic, our technology achieves 99.99% efficacy in trapping the typical size of Coronavirus aerosol particles (sub 0.1 micron) and the typical size that Coronavirus particles are transmitted when enveloped in respiratory fluid droplets (above 10 microns).

    We collaborate with clients to develop the optimum indoor air quality for meeting Air Changes Per Hour (ACH) requirements for different healthcare areas, from surgeries and respiratory treatment areas to wards and waiting rooms. Our consultations take into account floor plans, existing HVAC systems, occupancy rates and noise tolerance.

    Rensair has been included in Newsweek’s list of Best Infection Prevention Products 2021. To make the list, a selection committee evaluated the product against several criteria: effectiveness; safety; successful real-world implementation; the quality of research studies demonstrating the product's effectiveness; and the stability of the company (to support future implementations).

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    Read our latest article on drug-resistant, airborne bacteria.

  • Roche Diabetes Care has been pioneering innovative diabetes technologies and services for more than 40 years. More than 5,500 employees in over 100 markets worldwide work every day to support people with diabetes and those at risk to achieve more time in their target ranges and experience true relief from the daily therapy routines.

    Being a global leader in integrated Personalised Diabetes Management (iPDM), Roche Diabetes Care collaborates with thought leaders around the globe, including people with diabetes, caregivers, healthcare providers and payers. Roche Diabetes Care aims to transform and advance care provision and foster sustainable care structures. Under the brands RocheDiabetes, Accu-Chek and mySugr, comprising glucose monitoring, insulin delivery systems and digital solutions, Roche Diabetes Care unites with its partners to create patient-centred value. By building and collaborating in an open ecosystem, connecting devices and digital solutions as well as contextualising relevant data points, Roche Diabetes Care enables deeper insights and a better understanding of the disease, leading to personalised and effective therapy adjustments. For better outcomes and true relief.

    Since 2017, mySugr, one of the most popular diabetes management apps, has been part of Roche Diabetes Care. For more information on mySugr please visit

    For more information please head to our website.

  • 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. 

  • Spirit Health Group is a multi-award winning organisation, working with the NHS to deliver effective solutions in medicines optimisation, clinical service delivery and digital health – we are on the Sunday Times 100 Fast Track list and have won the UK Healthcare Award for Collaboration with the NHS. 

    We’re a passionate team of experts who’ve spent years working within the healthcare system - and now we’re on a mission to help change it for the better. 

    By combining health and social care expertise with digital technical knowhow, the Spirit Digital team are making healthcare safer, smarter, more efficient; fit for this digital age. We’re taking healthcare to people in their homes and connecting them to clinicians like never before. 

    CliniTouch Vie - our proven digital solution which combines remote monitoring, patient education and patient self-management to create a 24/7 accessible virtual clinic within a mobile device and all at home to help keep people with long term conditions out of hospital.

    You see, for us, healthcare is not about being better than we were yesterday. Or even today. It’s about offering the best of health for years to come.

    To find out more, please visit or email

  • 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.