100% service uptime in managed cardiology services contract

LONDON, United Kingdom, 1st November, 2015: Regent’s Park Cardiovascular Solutions Ltd. (Regent’s Park), an independent healthcare company specialising in the provision of cardiology services to the NHS, announced it delivered 100% service uptime in a managed cardiology services contract at the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust in Harlow, Essex.

Bryn Webber, Cardiac Services Director at Regent’s Park said: “Harlow required a rapid response, and we responded with a modular cath lab and staffing solution within 2 weeks of receiving their request.” He added: “Working closely with their cardiologists’ and staff over a seven month period we delivered a fully managed cardiology service – diagnostics, PCI and pacemaker insertions, five days per week, providing 100% service uptime – a tremendous outcome measure which I believe is an excellent testament to our technical and operational capabilities.”

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust was established in April 1995. It is a medium size hospital with an income of circa £170 million, comprising 420 general and acute beds and providing general acute services, including a 24/7 emergency department, an intensive care unit, a maternity unit and a level II neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).The Trust employs 2,500 staff and serves a core population of about 350,000 for people living in West Essex and East Hertfordshire.

Regent’s Park has been a national provider of cardiology services to the NHS since 2003. The company comprises five operating divisions arranged across a nationwide network of cardiac catheterisation laboratories, cardiac personnel and specialist heart clinics that together have delivered over 90,000 invasive cardiology procedures – coronary angiograms, angioplasty, cardiac electrophysiology, transcatheter aortic valve implantations, defibrillator insertions and pacing procedures. Regent’s Park prides itself on its ability to deliver high quality, cost effective cardiac care, through excellent service, efficient operations management, well trained staff and uncompromising professionalism.

The Regent’s Park guiding philosophy is that every patient with heart disease should have access to healthcare of a world-class standard.

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Dr. Sarah Clarke appointed President of BCS

LONDON, United Kingdom, 31 March, 2015: Dr. Sarah Clarke, a cardiologist practising at the Cambridge Heart Clinic – a subsidiary of Regent’s Park, has been appointed President of the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS).

The BCS is the oldest cardiovascular society in the world and the national society for all UK cardiologists with more than 2,700 clinical members nationwide with representation through 18 affiliated sub-specialty societies and groups. The society sets standards of clinical excellence for patients; represents and supports all those working within the cardiology sector and works to enhance and maintain the highest standards in training, education and research.

Dr. Clarke said: “I am delighted to have been elected as President of the British Cardiovascular Society. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the Society and the membership over the last 14 years. In the last 3 years I have delivered the annual conference and developed many national educational courses for both cardiologists and allied professionals as the Vice President for Education and Research. I would like to thank the membership for giving me the opportunity to be their President from 2015 and I look forward to building on the successes of my predecessor Dr Iain Simpson who has been a great mentor to me over the years.”

Dr. Clarke has been an active member of the BCS for more than a decade and has been instrumental in leading the society’s education and research strategy for members as the Vice President for Education and Research since 2011. In her role as President she will be working directly with Government ministers, officials at the Department of Health along with senior representatives from medical royal colleges and numerous international cardiology societies.

Dr Iain Simpson, previous President of the BCS, said: “Sarah is one of the brightest shining stars of British Cardiology and it has been a great privilege to work with her. The British Cardiovascular Society will flourish under her leadership and I am delighted she has been elected to this important and prestigious role.”

Dr. Patrick T. O’Gara, President of the AmericanCollege of Cardiology which is affiliated to the BCS, said: “This is truly a remarkable and well-earned achievement. Dr Clarke’s election is a clear reflection of her enthusiastic and exemplary contributions to the field of cardiovascular medicine.”

Dr. Ohri, Chief Executive of Regent’s Park Healthcare added: “I have had the privilege of knowing and working with Sarah at our Cambridge Heart Clinic venture for the last eight years and her promotion to this national leadership position comes as no surprise to me.   I know she has worked tirelessly to support BCS and her election to this role by members of the society is both just reward and a clear testament of the high regard in which she is held by her fellow colleagues. The position of President of BCS is arguably the most powerful executive role across the professional cardiovascular arena, and I am sure Sarah will use her position to advance the cause of British Cardiology in the years ahead.”

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Regent’s Park celebrates living wage commitment

LONDON, United Kingdom, 21 February, 2015: Regent’s Park Healthcare receives accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation as a Living Wage employer.

The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Regent’s Park, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers; receive a minimum hourly wage significantly higher than the national minimum wage.

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.

Bryn Webber, Cardiac Services Director at Regent’s Park said: “It is deeply satisfying to be joining a growing list of organisations paying a living wage to employees. We will be informing organisations who work both with and for us of our commitment to the living wage and this will form a part of the contract award evaluation process. Our accreditation recognises the importance of all members of the Regent’s Park team in delivering high quality services to our customers and patients.”

Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

Living Wage Foundation Director, Rhys Moore said: “We are delighted to welcome Regent’s Park Healthcare to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer.

“The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.

“We have accredited over 1,000 leading employers, including Regent’s Park Healthcare, ranging from independent printers, bookshops and breweries, to well-known companies such as Goldman Sachs, Nationwide and Aviva. These businesses recognise that clinging to the national minimum wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that.”

About the Living Wage Foundation

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK. Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

The London Living Wage is currently £9.15 per hour. This figure is set annually by the Greater London Authority and covers all boroughs in Greater London. The UK Living Wage for outside of London is currently £7.85 per hour. This figure is set annually by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University.

The Living Wage Foundation recognises and celebrates the leadership shown by Living Wage employers across the UK. There are currently over 1,200 accredited employers. We are an initiative of Citizens UK. We believe that work should be the surest way out of poverty.

Living Wage Media Contact: Gillian Owen; gillian.owen@citizensuk.org.uk

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Regent’s Park joins national framework agreement

LONDON, United Kingdom, 6 December, 2014: Regent’s Park Healthcare (Regent’s Park), an independent company specialising in the provision of healthcare services, has been awarded supplier status on a national framework agreement for innovative mobile and strategic clinical solutions operated by the NHS Supply Chain.

According to the NHS supply chain the estimated value/range over the total Framework Agreement term is expected to be between GBP £260million to GBP £780 million.

Mr. Bryn Webber, Services Director at Regent’s Park said: “We are naturally pleased to be awarded a place on this major national framework alongside a small group of other independent companies. The award is the culmination of a procurement process that began twelve months ago when an advert was placed in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). The fact that this framework agreement negate’s an NHS organisation’s need to tender through an OJEU process for our services should make the purchasing process far more straightforward.”

An excerpt from the NHS supply chain’s press release published on Monday 6 October 2014 is shown below:

NHS Supply Chain is launching the first national mobile and clinical solutions framework of its kind in December. This will ensure the required NHS clinical solutions can be deployed as and when needed in a location to suit the end user’s needs whilst still providing excellent patient care.

This service will enable NHS organisations to: (i) Cover the gap between old equipment being decommissioned and new equipment being installed (ii) Continue patient services during an emergency situation, where a fixed site becomes inoperable and (iii) Meet key service related targets i.e. mobile theatres to meet the 18 week guidelines or to enable the general practice community to commission locally delivered services.

The clinical areas covered include: imaging, operating theatres, strategic clinical solutions and ultrasound services while the framework allows for staff flexibility with at least one member of staff provided.

NHS Supply Chain is currently in the evaluation stages of the procurement process and is happy to discuss any organisation’s requirements today. This will ensure the customer and patient process is seamless. It also allows NHS organisations to get the mobile services they need at a competitive cost.  NHS Supply Chain will offer standardised terms and conditions to support NHS organisations to get this bespoke service solution on site.

A fast-track paperwork process means that applications will be significantly quicker than current arrangements. All suppliers will be Care Quality Commission registered, hold Monitor licences as a minimum and have been vetted via the Disclosure and Barring Service. They will also have insurance cover to a minimum of five million pounds as well as ISO9001 certification. Optional services such as booking, reporting services and additional staff are also available to complement the service’s standard provision.

The launch of the first mobile and strategic clinical solutions framework contains all of the attention to detail, professionalism and skill associated with NHS Supply Chain’s current contracts. This will give customers complete peace of mind that NHS Supply Chain, along with its suppliers, will ensure that service provision will be maintained to high standards.

Emma Pearson, Buyer, NHS Supply Chain said of this innovative offer: “No other procurement organisation in the UK offers the same variety of clinical solutions for the healthcare sector. NHS Supply Chain will be providing a totally bespoke solution to any NHS organisation that requires a short to medium term expansion in service provision whilst maintaining care standards. Our set up means that we can meet any NHS organisation’s clinical service needs exactly and if required provide additional staffing.

“We believe our great offer will be of interest to imaging departments, theatre staff, finance directors, business managers, Clinical Commissioning Groups and GPs. Our mobile and strategic clinical solutions framework is also ideal for health providers in emergency situations such as unprecedented demand to maintain good service levels with no increased demand on existing staff.” She added: “I would invite any interested NHS organisation to contact NHS Supply Chain to find out more about how this revolutionary new service will help them.”

About NHS Supply Chain

NHS Supply Chain is operated by DHL as Agent of the NHS Business Services Authority. It supports the National Health Service (NHS) and other healthcare organisations in England and Wales by providing end to end supply chain solutions.

The organisation was formed in 2006 from the NHS Logistics Authority and parts of the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (NHS PASA). NHS Supply Chain aims to provide over £1 billion of savings to the NHS by 2016. NHS Supply Chain manages the sourcing, delivery and supply of healthcare products and food for over 1,000 NHS trusts and healthcare organisations. It provides a single point of access to over 346,000 nationally available, transactable lines ranging from bandages to sutures, from gloves to implants, and even diagnostic equipment such as MRI scanners. Its management of the procurement process negates an NHS organisation’s need to tender through the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). Costs can also be reduced through its one-route solution that consolidates all products onto one invoice and delivery.

About Regent’s Park

Regent’s Park Healthcare was established in 1999 and is focused on providing world class healthcare services. The company uses an innovative service approach which reflects a deep-seated belief that improvements in healthcare quality can be achieved by focusing on a few unshakeable fundamentals: specialisation in a disease area, public private partnership, integrated clinical care programs, clinically led management and an emphasis on patient satisfaction. Using this specialist, patient-focused approach since 2002 in the area of cardiovascular disease, the company has developed two of the UK’s leading managed cardiology service companies – ‘Regent’s Park Heart Clinics’: www.rphc.co.uk and ‘Regent’s Park Cardiovascular Solutions’: www.rpcvs.co.uk – These companies form an integrated platform of cardiovascular facilities arranged across a nationwide network of cardiac catheterisation laboratories, cardiac personnel and specialist heart clinics that together have delivered over 100,000 invasive cardiology procedures: coronary angiograms, percutaneous coronary interventions, cardiac electrophysiology & ablation, pacing, transcatheter aortic valve implantations and cardiac defibrillator insertions.

In the years ahead, Regent’s Park will leverage its accumulated expertise to develop pathways of healthcare delivery encompassing prevention, diagnostic and treatment services across a range of new clinical specialties. An operating model spanning both community and hospital based care that at its core will focus on the patient experience, cost efficiency and improving clinical outcomes.

Regent’s Park prides itself on its ability to deliver high quality, cost effective care, through excellent service, efficient operations management, well trained staff and uncompromising professionalism. The Regent’s Park guiding philosophy is that every patient should have access to healthcare of a world-class standard.

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London Business School 50th annniversary celebratory film

LONDON, United Kingdom, 26 November, 2014: Regent’s Park Healthcare (Regent’s Park), an independent company specialising in the provision of healthcare services, features in a special 50th anniversary film celebrating the impact alumni from the London Business School (LBS) have made. Regent’s Park Healthcare was founded by Dr. Anil Ohri, our Chief Executive and MBA graduate of the school.

The film was launched on 2nd October, 2014 at the LBS Worldwide Alumni Celebration (WAC) evening held at the Science Museum in London. LBS alumni are a global community of over 39,000 successful business professionals in more than 150 countries.  The event has been running since 2005 and this year alumni participated in over 100 cities in over 50 countries, on every continent except Antarctica. Shown in the IMAX cinema the film, told through alumni stories, demonstrates how the school is impacting the world of business now and into the future.

Following the release of the film, Dr. Ohri said: “It is a huge privilege for our company to be chosen to be part of this 50th anniversary celebration and to share this very special moment in history with the School.” He added: “LBS was a game-changer for me. The school enriched me with tools and experiences showing me not only how to act on my dreams with open eyes, but also reminding me of our responsibility as business leaders to make a difference to the world around us.” He said: “When I started this journey I had no idea where we would end up. The fact we have got this far and continue to make a positive impact on so many lives is a tribute to our solid foundations and the dedication and professionalism of our staff.”

London Business School is one of the world’s elite business schools. The school was established in 1964 and offers various academic programmes including the Masters of Business Administration. Over 1,800 degree students from 130 countries graduate from the school each year. A further 10,000 executives attend the school executive education programmes each year. Notable alumni include CEO’s and senior executives of FTSE 100 companies, cabinet ministers and other business and academic leaders positioned across the globe.

Regent’s Park Healthcare was founded in the LBS incubator unit in 1999 and takes its name from the London campus in Regent’s Park where LBS is located. The company is focused on providing world class healthcare using an innovative service approach which reflects a deep-seated belief that improvements in healthcare quality can be achieved by focusing on a few unshakeable fundamentals: specialisation in a disease area, public private partnership, integrated clinical care programs, clinically led management and an emphasis on patient satisfaction. Using this specialist, patient-focused approach since 2002 in the area of cardiovascular disease, the company has developed two of the UK’s leading managed cardiology service companies – Regent’s Park Heart Clinics and Regent’s Park Cardiovascular Solutions – These companies form an integrated platform of cardiovascular facilities arranged across a nationwide network of cardiac catheterisation laboratories, cardiac personnel and specialist heart clinics that together have delivered over 100,000 invasive cardiology procedures: coronary angiograms, percutaneous coronary interventions, cardiac electrophysiology & ablation, pacing, transcatheter aortic valve implantations and cardiac defibrillator insertions.

Regent’s Park prides itself on its ability to deliver high quality, cost effective care, through excellent service, efficient operations management, well trained staff and uncompromising professionalism. The Regent’s Park guiding philosophy is that every patient should have access to healthcare of a world-class standard.

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