DHU Health Care - over the last 30 years our not-for-profit community interest company has striven to provide compassionate, high-quality care for our patients. Placed 220 in the ‘East Midlands Top 500 Companies Index for 2021’, we have grown from a Derbyshire-based out of hours GP function – to provide round the clock healthcare for more than five million people across six key geographical areas. With a range of service provisions in Derbyshire, Northamptonshire; Nottinghamshire; Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland; Lincolnshire, Milton Keynes and beyond, we work in collaboration with partners and colleagues across NHS systems, GP federations and other private provider companies, offering innovative, integrated solutions that ensure all our patients and communities can access the right care, in the right place, at the right time.
As part of the NHS frontline, we lead urgent care within emergency departments, urgent treatment centres, GP and primary care surgeries and out in our communities - offering a full range of both ‘in and out of hours’ clinical specialist services, provided by a diverse workforce made up of medical, nursing, allied health and support teams.
Our business offer includes community nursing, urgent treatment, primary care streaming, urgent on-day primary care, GP home visiting, phlebotomy, community hospital medical cover, telephone consultation support, weekend palliative care home visiting. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have supported the national incident response by operating testing and vaccination programmes, as well as delivering home oximetry monitoring for patients receiving out of hospital treatment for Coronavirus.
We are equally at the heart of the national NHS111 first service – responding to nearly two million calls a year (2019-2020) from centres in Derby, Chesterfield and Leicester. We are expanding into Bath, Swindon and Wiltshire; and continue to support the London Ambulance Service with non-urgent calls. Our NHS111 team comprises Health Advisers, Clinical Advisers, Pharmacists, Pharmacists and Dental Nurses and in 2019 an assessment by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) reported that ‘staff involved and treated people with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect’ – contributing to an overall rating of ‘OUTSTANDING’ for the company’s three sites. In August 2021, after a data examination, the CQC determined that an inspection or rating review was not required at this stage. We are incredibly proud to offer our patients this exceptional accredited service.
As well as putting our patients first, we support a career development pathway for our people – developing a strategic approach to leadership, wellbeing, talent management, and continuous education for both our clinical and non-clinical staff, offering everyone an opportunity to grow the skills, knowledge and experience that enables a high-quality patient-focused service.
As the government’s forthcoming Health and Care Bill sets out to revive the National Health Service, this is an opportune time for DHU Health Care to consolidate and thrive in equal measure. As a provider organisation in a newly joined-up health and social care system, we are developing our long-term strategy and welcome the challenges and opportunities this ‘new’ NHS offers DHU Health Care. We are inspired and motivated to bring all aspects of our business together, for a new sense of clarity and purpose.