For those providers listed in red, there are in-depth profiles. Click on the name of each provider to find out more.

Virgin Care Active in primary care and community services. Provides over 230 services to the NHS according to the company website in mid-2015, including GP services, urgent care, musculoskeletal, sexual health, integrated children’s services. The company has targeted some large contracts and since 2010 has been awarded contracts worth over £1 billion by NHS organisations.
Care UK Day care and homes for elderly. GP services, diagnostics, CATS, treatment centres, mental health services (eating disorder service), learning disability services. Receives income per year from the NHS over over £350 million.
The Practice Provider of primary care services and delivers specialist clinical services to GPs, the MoD and PCTs. Network of surgeries. Acquired United Health Primary Care in 2011 from United Health UK – six practices. Recent contract to provide ENT services in London, ophthalmology services in Dorset, cataract services in Croydon.
United Health/Optum Wide range of services for NHS – Health Needs assessment, GP Commissioning, clinical services redesign, performance & contract management, Care solutions, Medicines management. No longer involved with GP practices. 


Serco Range of non-clinical services, including prisons, facilities management, IT and payroll services. Exited the clinical market in 2015 after a number of problems.
Nestor Primecare Home care, care homes, mental health services, children’s services, out-of-hours, dentistry and primary care (as Primecare).
Vocare Began as Northern Doctors Urgent Care delivering out-of-hours care, but has since expanded across England covering OOH and NHS 111 services. In 2016 provided services to about 4.5 million people. Vocare is a private limited company.

Circle Private hospitals: Circle Bath, Circle Reading; clinics: Windsor, Nottingham; Pulled out of ten year contract to run Hinchingbrooke hospital early 2015 after only two years. Circle is now targeting large community care contracts and in 2014 won a contract to run musculoskeletal services in Bedfordshire.
General Healthcare (BMI, Netcare) Owned by General Healthcare with over 70 facilities UK-wide. GHG also consists of Care Fertility, a private specialist in fertility treatment, and Netcare, a network of clinics set up in 2002 in the UK by South African company Netcare, which undertakes work under contract to the NHS.
Spire / Classic Second largest private healthcare hospital group in the UK with 37 hospitals. The major part of Spire’s business (61% in 2010) is from the private medical insurance market, but NHS admissions accounted for 25% of its business in 2010, followed by 14% from self-paying customers.
HCA International HCA International is one of the smaller private hospital groups in the UK, with a network of only six hospitals and four outpatient clinics, all in the London area. Partnerships with leading NHS hospital trusts.
Ramsay (plus Capio) Ramsay Health UK has a network of 22 acute hospitals in the UK delivering both private treatment and care under contract to the NHS.

Partnerships in Care Largest independent provider of secure mental health facilities across the UK.
Priory Group Provider of acute mental health care, secure and step down services, specialist education, complex care and neuro-rehabilitation services, fostering and care homes.

Alliance (Lodestone) Diagnostics for the NHS and independent sector.
InHealth Group Ltd InHealth provide diagnostics for NHS patients throughout the UK and Ireland.

IT/Support Services/Commissioning  
Capita IT, patient engagement, HR, payroll, estates, commissioning services
CapGemini IT
McKesson IT


Mouchel Commissioning services
BDO Commissioning services
Interserve Support services
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