BMI Healthcare

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Not to be confused with BMI.
BMI Healthcare
Industry Healthcare
Founded 1970
Area served
UK and International
Key people
Stephen Collier
(Group Chief Executive) [1]
Revenue £834.0 million (2012) [2]
£106.1 million (2012) [2]
Number of employees
Footnotes / references

BMI Healthcare is an independent provider of private healthcare, offering treatment to private patients, medically insured patients, and NHS patients. It is a subsidiary of General Healthcare Group (GHG), forming the majority of the operations (OpCo) side of GHG, which owns and operates the hospital business. It has 66 hospitals and healthcare facilities across the UK with headquarters based in London.[4]


BMI The Meriden Hospital

BMI Healthcare was formed in 1970, when US hospital group AMI acquired its first hospital in the UK, the Harley Street Clinic. By 1983 the AMI group had grown to 13 hospitals and by 1988 had created a psychiatric division, health services division and floated on the London Stock Exchange.

In 1990 AMI was purchased by then Generale des Eaux. AMI was renamed BMI Healthcare in 1993 and its new corporate group named General Healthcare Group. In 1997 funds managed by Cinven Ltd acquired GHG. After a further period of expansion GHG merged with Amicus Healthcare group in 1998 and the group grew its portfolio to over 40 hospitals.

In 2000 Cinven Ltd sold its investment to funds advised by BC Partners and in 2005 BMI Healthcare’s health services, Occupational Health division was sold to the Capita Group Plc. GHG was bought from BC Partners by a consortium led by Netcare (Network Healthcare Holdings Limited), a large South African Healthcare company, in 2006.

In 2011 Stephen Collier was appointed chief executive. BMI showed a strong performance in FY2013, with revenue up by 2.1% (to £851.3 million). The firm has developed its delivery channels, and in 2013 began work with Medopad to pilot an integrated mobile health solution. [5] [6]

As of 2013, BMI Healthcare has 66 hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout the UK.[7][8]

Operations and Services[edit]

BMI The Thornbury Hospital

Private Treatment[edit]

As a private healthcare provider, the bulk of BMI Healthcare’s revenue is generated through the treatment of insured and self-pay patients, with many being surgical in nature. BMI Healthcare has over 100 different specialties and services, but has a particular focus on Women’s Health, Orthopaedics, Fertility, Oncology, Weight Loss and Cosmetic Surgery. As with other private healthcare providers in 2012/13, recessionary pressures have led to declining numbers of private patients, leading to an increased push towards securing NHS funded business.[9][10]

BMI Healthcare also offers health services to corporate clients, providing health assessments, on-site education days, physiotherapy, GP Services, occupational health services and flu clinics to company employees.[11]

NHS Contracts[edit]

In May 2014 Brent Clinical Commissioning Group awarded a £5.8m ophthalmology contract to BMI Healthcare after a two-year hold up caused by complaints about the CCG’s procurement procedure.[12]

The Woodlands Hospital in Darlington is used by South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to help with elective surgery capacity problems, usually in the winter. This often involves the same surgeon working on a Sunday. 70% of the hospital's work is NHS funded. [13]

International Work[edit]

BMI Healthcare has seen increased numbers of international patients in recent years, with most international patients receiving treatment at London-based hospitals. The majority of patients BMI Healthcare treats are government sponsored from the Gulf regions of the Middle East. Insured patients living or travelling in the UK and self-paying patients from abroad make up the remainder of the international market BMI Healthcare treats.[14][15]

Corporate Affairs and Culture[edit]

BMI The Winterbourne Hospital


In 2013, BMI Healthcare launched the Big Health Pledge to raise awareness of the UK’s five biggest preventable killers: lung disease, heart disease, cancer, liver disease and stroke. It sought to promote healthier living through a range of initiatives in order to lessen the impact these diseases have on the British population.[16]

From the 9th September to the 27th September 2013 BMI Healthcare supported participants taking part in Ask Italian’s Grand tour, raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. BMI Healthcare provided nurses and physiotherapists to ensure those taking part remained injury free for the length of the tour.[17]


At the 2013 Independent Healthcare Awards run by Laing & Buisson, consultants from BMI Healthcare were shortlisted in the Innovation, Outstanding Contribution, Risk Management and Nursing Practice categories.[18]

Annie Ollivierre-Smith, Cath lab manager and lead cardiac nurse at BMI The London Independent Hospital, won Nurse of the year 2013, at the Nursing Times awards. She was the first nurse ever from the private sector to win the award.[19]

In 2011, BMI Healthcare became the first private healthcare provider in the UK to be awarded VTE (Venous Thromboembolism) exemplar status across all of its sites, recognising its efforts to reduce the health risks associated with Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary embolism. BMI Healthcare benefited greatly from the expertise of King’s Thrombosis Centre, leading to the creation of a National Thrombosis Team tasked with the implementation of VTE prevention policies across BMI Healthcare Hospitals.[20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The BMI Healthcare management team". BMI Healthcare. Retrieved 2014-12-18. 
  2. ^ a b "Annual Integrated Report 2012 - UK Operations" (PDF). Netcare Ltd. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  3. ^ "About BMI Healthcare". BMI Healthcare. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  4. ^ "Corporate Information - About BMI Healthcare". Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  5. ^ Health Investor Power Fifty 2013 [1]
  6. ^ "Medopad: Doctors with iPads could transform hospital care". Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Who are BMI - Our History, BMI Healthcare Jobs". Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  8. ^ "Destabilising our Healthcare?" (PDF). NHS Support Federation. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  9. ^ "Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2012" (PDF). BMI Healthcare. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  10. ^ "Little cheer for UK PMI market as country's largest private hospital group predicts 'challenging' six months ahead". Health Insurance and Protection Daily. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  11. ^ "BMI Corporate Health". BMI Healthcare. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  12. ^ "Brent contract awarded after competition complaints". Health Service Journal. 1 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Commissioning supplement: External providers can lend a hand". Health Service Journal. 19 March 2015. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  14. ^ "UK: BMI Healthcare develops its international services". International Medical Travel Journal. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  15. ^ "International patient information". BMI Healthcare. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  16. ^ "'Big Health Pledge' campaign to raise awareness around London and the UK's five big killers". London Mums Magazine. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  17. ^ "BMI Healthcare supports Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity". Private Healthcare UK. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  18. ^ "Healthcare awards shortlists BMI Healthcare in five categories". Employee Benefits. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  19. ^ "Annie Ollivierre-Smith named as Nursing Times Nurse of the year 2013". Nursing Times. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  20. ^ "BMI Healthcare Group". VTE Prevention England. Retrieved 2013-12-18.