Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Medical Claims Could See Workforce Double; HEALTH

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Medical Claims Could See Workforce Double; HEALTH

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Coreena Ford? 0191 201 6331 ? coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk AMEDICAL agency plans to almost double its workforce after introducing a technical team which is targeting specialist health claim work.

Founded in 2003, UK Independent Medical (UKIM) serves the personal injury claims processing market, providing independent medical evidence to the courts and other sectors, a successful business which has seen it grow every year since formation.

The Houghton-le-Spring-based company has already boosted staff numbers by 27% this year, having taken on 25 new employees to take the workforce to 118.

And it is now exploring exciting opportunities which could see a newly-formed specialist team expand from nine to 100 staff by the end of the year. Last month saw the creation of the firm's technical team, which provides a full case management service on all items of a complex, sensitive and technical nature.

The team will focus on clinical negligence, complex injury, industrial disease, tests, treatments, rehabilitation, fitness-to-practise cases, screening and anything that falls outside the scope of standard medical legal evidence.

In particular they plan to target all 221 of England's new CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) as part of changes within the NHS.

Every community is now covered by one of 211 CCGs, all of which have inherited retrospective claims by patients for refunds in their NHS Continuing Healthcare funding. There are around 60,000 claims to plough through in all - and, as independent experts, UKIM believe they are the ideal firm to carry out all the Detailed Medical Assessments (DMAs), potentially bringing them lots of new work while also saving the taxpayer money by cutting down on admin costs. Ian Medworth, who formed the firm with Paul Healey, said: "When these cases came along we could see there was a need, but we will have to contact all 221 CCGs individually. …

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