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Circle wins Hinchingbrooke contract

Circle Holdings Plc is pleased to announce that Circle Health Limited, the social enterprise co-owned by employees, clinicians and Circle Holdings Plc, has signed a definitive contract to run Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust in Huntingdonshire, which will see Circle manage an estimated £1 billion of revenue over the 10 year contract period. The contract is scheduled to commence in February 2012.

Circle's Chief Executive, Ali Parsa, said: "At a time when some healthcare commentators say the solution for small district general hospitals is simply to merge or be shut down, we believe NHS Midlands and East's courage and zeal for innovation will enable us to show how clinician and staff control can provide a more sustainable alternative. Our partners have now met hundreds of Hinchingbrooke staff, and we know that we share a core value of prioritising patients above all else, and a passion for reengineering healthcare delivery to make it simpler, better and smarter value for the patients. Circle arrives not with a top-down plan to impose change, but with a proven methodology of unleashing NHS professionals' talent through clinical leadership and devolved decision-making."

NHS Midlands and East (the Strategic Health Authority for the region) selected Circle as its preferred partner in November 2010 following a rigorous 14 month procurement process involving 19 initial bidders. Circle will become the first ever non-state provider to deliver a full range of NHS district general hospital services when the contract commences in February 2012, and will seek to transform Hinchingbrooke by pushing boundaries on clinical excellence, hospitality and patient experience. Circle will share surpluses generated over the term of the Contract with all who contribute to the transformation process, including reinvestment in the local health economy and historic debt repayments.

[quote top=Dr Stephen Dunn, the Strategic Health Authority's Director of Policy and Strategy, said:] This is a momentous day. Circle secured this operating franchise following an open competition. They outshone the best of the best from the NHS and independent sectors. This will usher in a new era, unleashing innovation into the NHS, with staff and patients firmly at the centre. [/quote]

Nigel Beverley, interim Chief Executive for Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust, was also enthusiastic about Circle’s engagement, saying: "We have been bowled over by Circle's enthusiasm and the efforts they have taken to engage with staff, patients and our other partners. Circle recognises our excellent achievements at the hospital, and we look forward to working with them to build on our successes.