GP services secured for Normanton

Central and Greater Derby Primary Care Trusts are delighted to announce that UnitedHealth Europe (UHE) will be providing services for patients of the Normanton Medical Centre, following the signing of contracts yesterday.
UHE were selected as the preferred provider following the retirement of local GP Dr Paul and have since been working with the PCT to establish the exact nature of the services to be provided.  During contract negotiations the PCTs have managed the practice and, with the existing practice team, ensured that services have continued to be provided.

The PCTs have worked closely with UHE to ensure a smooth handover, resulting in continuity of service and no disruption to patient care. Local patients have been informed of the new arrangements and UnitedHealth Europe will be liaising with patient representatives to get their views on service requirements. In time UHE plan to extend the surgery's opening hours and provide a greater range of outreach services to meet the needs of the local community, particularly those living with long-term conditions.

Prem Singh, Chief Executive of the Derby PCTs commented: "This is good news for the people of Normanton. We believe that UHE will bring a modern approach to local services which will benefit the patients registered with this practice."

Dr Pete Smith, Director of Primary Care at UnitedHealth Europe said: "United Health is confident of delivering a high standard of care to the patients of Normanton. We will work with the team and patients to build a service tailored to the needs of this community."


Contact: Liz Limbert, Communications Manager on 01332 224000, ext 6297 or email

Editors' Notes

Central and Greater Derby Primary Care Trusts aim to deliver the best possible health care to the local population and to meet local and national priorities. The organisations' aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of the local population by working with our partners and public to achieve good health for everyone. 

The PCT's responsibility covers more than 263,000 people registered with GPs in 36 practices.

Our main responsibilities are:

• to improve the health of the local population
• to provide community services, which means working with doctors, pharmacists, opticians and dentists
• to buy services from other providers, for example Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
• to work closely with social services.

Media enquiries about Central and Greater Derby PCTs should be directed to Liz Limbert, Communications Manager on 01332 224000, ext 6297 or email

UnitedHealth Europe is a company focused on improving the quality of primary care services.  In Britain, it works exclusively with the NHS, combining in depth experience and understanding of the NHS and evidence based practice with access to the resources and competencies of our parent company, UnitedHealth Group.

Its focus is on reducing health inequalities by improving primary care in deprived communities. It is one of several companies and organisations now developing new ways of providing NHS family doctor services:

• to ensure a fair distribution of family doctors across the country. At the moment the most deprived parts of the UK have the fewest doctors.
• to improve the range of services provided to patients in  community settings
• to address the big variations in the quality of primary care that  contribute to wide health inequalities across the UK

Media enquiries about UnitedHealth Europe should be directed to Sarah Pearson: or 020 8400 4480

The tender process: UnitedHealth Europe was selected by Central and Greater Derby Primary Care Trusts as preferred provider following a rigorous short listing and selection process carried out in accordance with NHS and EU requirements. The process also followed best practice guidance laid out in the Health and Social Care Act, which ensures NHS organisations make arrangements to involve and consult patients and the public in the planning, operation and development of services.

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