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  • Matt Adam Selected as UHUK's New Non-Executive Director (NED)

    Author: Sarah Fletcher

    UHUK is pleased to announce the appointment of Matt Adam as the newest addition to the team. Matt Adam brings a wealth of experience in successfully leading non-healthcare social enterprises at scale, reinforcing UHUK's commitment to strategic growth and excellence.

    As an independent Non-Executive Director (NED), Matt Adam will play a pivotal role in providing an external perspective to the UHUK Board. He will contribute his expertise to assist in shaping UHUK's strategy, business development, fundraising and innovation, as well as risk management practices.

    "We are thrilled to welcome Matt Adam as our NED," said Conor Burke, CEO at UHUK. "His track record of leadership in non-healthcare social enterprises aligns perfectly with our needs. We are confident that his fresh perspective will help us make well-balanced judgments and drive UHUK to new heights."

    Matt Adam's appointment is in line with UHUK's values and commitment to ensuring that its Non-Executive Directors challenge and advise the executive directors effectively. His vast experience in leadership positions will enhance UHUK's capacity to meet the evolving needs of our member organisations and the communities they serve.

    "I am honoured to join the UHUK team as a Non-Executive Director," said Matt Adam. "I believe my experience at growing my own social enterprise can contribute significantly to UHUK's mission of excellence and strategic growth. I am excited to work with the talented UHUK team and help shape the future of healthcare."

    Matt Adam is Founder CEO of We Are Digital; a VC backed start-up that has grown into a major tech-for-good outsourcer with over 100 employees. His background includes a proven track record of leading social enterprises to success. He brings a unique perspective to the table, having navigated complex challenges and achieved growth in diverse organisational settings, working closely with a group of impact investment funds over 10 years. His ability to manage risks and develop effective business strategies will be invaluable to UHUK.

    The UHUK Board and executive team are eager to leverage Matt Adam's skills and experience to ensure that UHUK continues to deliver exceptional healthcare services and remains at the forefront of the industry, especially in supporting those social enterprises who want to scale their impact.

    About UHUK

    UHUK is the federation of Social Enterprise Unscheduled Primary and Community Care Providers committed to providing the highest quality of care for patients.

    We have 30 members and serve around 64% of the population of the UK. Together we are the largest social enterprise provider of out-of-hospital services.

    Our members provide Out of Hours and Clinical Assessment Services (CAS) alongside a range of other urgent primary care, 111 and community services, whilst being committed to Social Enterprise principles.

    We enable members to benefit by working together and effectively being part of a much larger organisation.

    About Matt Adam

    Matt Adam is a seasoned leader with a strong background in successfully leading non-healthcare social enterprises at scale, including his social business We Are Digital, based in Coventry, which he built from scratch to over 100 employees. He brings a wealth of experience in strategic planning, business development, and risk management to his role as UHUK's Non-Executive Director.

  • Carrie Cobb Appointed as Non-Executive Director (NED) at UHUK

    Author: Sarah Fletcher

    UHUK is delighted to announce the appointment of Carrie Cobb as the successful candidate for the member NED role. This decision marks a significant milestone in UHUK's commitment to inclusivity, diversity, and advancing its strategic priorities.

    Carrie Cobb, currently serving as Deputy Chief Nurse and Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) at FCMS, brings with her an impressive 22-year track record of dedicated service within the NHS, including 10 years in clinical leadership positions in various social enterprises. This wealth of experience equips her with a profound understanding of the importance of prioritising patients, sustainability, and communities over profit.

    "I am honoured to join the UHUK team as a Non-Executive Director," said Carrie Cobb. "My career has been shaped by a commitment to community well-being and sustainable healthcare practices. I am eager to contribute to UHUK's mission of excellence and strategic leadership."

    Carrie Cobb's unique set of skills, including expertise in governance, business development, commissioning, quality improvement, and clinical leadership, will undoubtedly enhance UHUK's capabilities. She is well-positioned to drive progress in the delivery of UHUK's strategic priorities and foster the organisation's growth.

    Furthermore, Carrie's national presence in healthcare, her involvement with the Chief Nursing Officer for England's council, and her status as a Queens nurse, will bring a valuable strategic clinical perspective to the UHUK board. Her current role as a NED at Morecambe Bay Trust and her responsibilities in corporate governance underscore her readiness to contribute to UHUK's future success.

    Carrie Cobb is particularly passionate about digital and operational transformation within social enterprises and is committed to forging collaborative partnerships that lead to improved patient care. Her appointment will further UHUK's goal of providing the best-integrated care services possible for patients.

    "We are excited to welcome Carrie Cobb to our leadership team," said Dr Simon Abrams, Chair at UHUK. "Her wealth of experience, dedication to sustainability, and commitment to community-focused healthcare align perfectly with UHUK's values and goals. We look forward to her contributions in driving our organisation's success."

    Carrie Cobb's appointment as a Non-Executive Director at UHUK underscores the organisation's commitment to excellence, diversity, inclusivity, and strategic growth. With her leadership, UHUK continues its journey toward becoming a leading force in the healthcare industry.

  • UHUK Spring Newsletter 2023

    Author: Sarah Fletcher

    UHUK Spring Newsletter 2023 Highlights include:

    • Message from the CEO
    • UHUK Conference and Awards
    • Ummanu Sponsored Article
    • Audit Update
    • Members News
    • Day in the Life Article
    • Lockton Feature Article
    • Sponsors Cards
    • UHUK Info

  • UHUK Welcome IC24 to their membership

    Author: Sarah Fletcher

    Urgent Health UK (UHUK) are delighted to announce the addition of Integrated Care 24 (IC24) to our growing membership which now covers over 55% of the UK population.

    Covering Norfolk, Sussex, Kent and Essex, IC24 has been at the forefront of Urgent Care since the early 1990’s and was the first organisation to be awarded the Social Enterprise Gold Mark. They are proud to be a social enterprise organisation.

    IC24 delivers Integrated Urgent Care, Primary Care, 111, Home visiting and GP support services for 6 million patients. In addition, through experience in providing urgent care services, IC24’s wholly-owned subsidiary, CLEO Systems, is leading digital transformation in urgent, emergency and outpatient care through the development of innovative clinical systems for use within the health service.

    Commenting on joining UHUK, IC24 Chief Executive, Dr Andrew Catto says: "As a leading social enterprise healthcare provider we are delighted to be joining UHUK and having the opportunity to collaborate more closely with other like-minded organisations to make a bigger difference together and demonstrate the benefits of our innovative technology. It is clear to me that social enterprises have a huge amount of experience and expertise to offer both on a regional and national level when it comes to the delivery of high quality healthcare. I hope that together we can continue to demonstrate the benefit of the social enterprise model, and in IC24’s case, show how integrated urgent care services can relieve some of the pressure on acute and primary care sectors.”

    UHUK is a partnership of non-profit and social enterprise healthcare providers serving over 37million people across the UK. Like IC24, its members deliver compassionate, high-quality NHS services – supporting GP Practices, emergency departments, urgent treatment centres, NHS111, community nursing, emergency dentistry, minor injury units and more. 

    Conor Burke, CEO UHUK commented “IC24 is a dynamic and innovative organisation, and I am thrilled they have chosen to join UHUK. By harnessing IC24s and our existing members drive and expertise we will inspire collective action and improvement within and across UK health and care systems. 

    UHUK members are united by our commitment to provide the best possible care to our patients and our passion to make a difference to society.