HCA wins two Top Employers in Healthcare awards06 July 2010
London’s leading hospital group is judged the UK’s leading non NHS healthcare employer
HCA International, which owns London’s six leading private hospitals, has won two national ‘Top Employers in Healthcare’ awards in the prestigious Nursing Times and Health Service Journals’ recognising the company as the nation’s best private healthcare employer.
Against stiff competition with an entry list that was over a third larger than last year, HCA was chosen by a top level panel from the Department of Health and the NHS to win the Allocate Software Top Employer for Managers in the Independent Sector award and the Nursing and Midwifery Council Top Healthcare Employer for Nurses and Midwives in the Independent Sector award.
In addition to its hospitals, HCA International also has four pioneering joint venture specialist cancer units with the NHS and four - soon to be six – diagnostic and out patient centres located in and around London closer to where its patients live and work.
The Group has a workforce of over 3050 nurses, other healthcare professionals and administrative staff. It has long been known for its proactive education, training and staff development policies.
Jasy Loyal, Executive Director/VP of Legal & HR Services, said she was delighted with the awards which reflected the company’s commitment to investing in staff and working to develop employees’ skills and career progression. “We are constantly striving for employee excellence and it is terrific that this has been recognised in such a public way,” she said.
“We try to be both proactive and innovative and to nurture a culture in which people can be creative . We want to be the employer of choice. After all, the real value in our company is the people who work for us and these awards are a compliment to them and reflect their skills and their high standards,” she said.
Marion Robinson, HCA’s Director of Nursing and Risk, said the awards were a tremendous honour for HCA. “These accolades were a terrific achievement and as a nurse, to be given an award by our own professional body was a very special moment,” she said.
“Our focus is to provide the best possible care for our patients and we are absolutely committed to seeking out the latest training and development programmes which will help our nurses and other staff provide the highest standard of care,” she said.
Note to Editors
HCA International Limited owns the Capital’s six leading private hospitals all based in central London and each with an international reputation for the highest standards of care. They are: The Wellington – the largest private hospital in Europe, The London Bridge Hospital, The Harley Street Clinic, The Portland Hospital for Women and Children, The Lister Hospital and The Princess Grace Hospital.
HCA also has four outpatient and diagnostic centres – soon to be six – a blood and bone cancer treatment joint venture with the NHS at University College Hospital, The London Gamma Knife Centre, another joint venture with the NHS at St Bartholomew’s Hospital – The London Gamma Knife Centre at Barts and Harley Street at Queen’s, a private patient cancer centre at the NHS Queen’s University Hospital in Romford. In addition, HCA has recently signed an agreement with the internationally renowned Christie cancer hospital in Manchester to develop a new state of the art private patient unit – to be called The Christie Clinic – for cancer patients from across the North of England.
The six HCA hospitals treat around 300,000 patients per year. They also specialise in the most complex medical procedures including cardiac care, liver transplantation, inter cranial surgery and complex cancer care. The HCA CancerCare network, for example, is the largest provider of cancer care in the UK outside the NHS. Uniquely, HCA has its own clinical trials unit based in Harley Street in central London. Medical teams in HCA are involved in research programmes aimed at finding new treatments in areas such as heart disease and cancer.
In recent years HCA has invested around £250 million in capital expenditure including new diagnostic and treatment technology. As an example, HCA installed at The Harley Street Clinic, the revolutionary CyberKnife robotic radiotherapy machine, which is able to target previously untreatable tumours. It is the first machine of its kind in the UK.
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