New contracts create jobs at Vocare's HQ
Newcastle-based Vocare, one of the leading GP out-of-hours and urgent care providers in the UK, is set to create 70 new jobs in Newcastle thanks to a series of new contract wins.
The jobs created will be across various roles, including nurses and paramedics, and will bolster the company's North East call centre operations following new contract wins in London and the South West. The London contracts are to run the urgent care centre at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington and an integrated urgent care service, combining NHS 111 and out-of-hours services, in south west London. The South West Contract is to run the NHS 111 service in Devon.
These new contracts, alongside others, have helped turnover grow from £34m at the end of the financial year ending 31st March 2015 to a current run rate of £83m. Since 2012, the number of people employed by Vocare has increased from 950 to 2600.
This year marks Vocare's 20th anniversary, having started operating as Northern Doctors Urgent Care (NDUC) in 1996. The company has expanded rapidly since, now providing services throughout the UK to more than ten million patients in the North East, Staffordshire, Yorkshire, Leicestershire, London, the South West and the West Midlands.
Commenting on the company's success, John Harrison, chief executive of The Vocare Group, said: "Vocare has experienced a period of sustained growth recently by offering enhanced quality services that offer good value for money to the NHS and the public. Our expansion into London is very significant and gives us a truly nationwide presence."
"We are already looking wider at further opportunities for growth through diversification and will soon be looking for investment to help us realise our aims."
"Our focus continues to be to improve access to urgent healthcare and to relieve the strain on accident and emergency departments. In order to do this successfully, we are working in close collaboration with Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and local healthcare providers to deliver a quality service to patients. This coupled with our culture of innovation will help us deliver things better and faster than ever before."