Connect Health has agreed plans with North Tyneside Council to double its head office space at Quorum Business Park after increasing its workforce by more than a third in the last year.

The company is an independent provider of integrated community MSK (musculoskeletal) services, handling in excess of 300,000 NHS patients across 26 CCGs and more than 100 businesses.

Connect Health now employs more than 675 team members across 300 plus locations, including 260 of its workforce in the head office in North Tyneside. The company appointed 74 new staff from the North East in the last year and is planning for substantial growth in resources, people and infrastructure over the next five years. This led to an extra floor being taken within Quorum’s Lightbox building.

The head office houses multi-disciplinary teams of HR, estates and facilities, information management and technology, support and customer service professionals, with refurbishment work beginning shortly, due to be completed next spring.

“Interestingly, until eight years ago, 98 per cent of our workforce were clinical, with no head office,” said Andrew Walton, founder and executive chair.

“Now over 40 per cent of our teams are non-clinical, with an expanding head office. This is because we realised that in order to deliver better outcomes for patients, our clinicians need a strong, efficient and modern support infrastructure to optimise patient care.

John Sparkes, head of regeneration and economic development at North Tyneside Council, added: “Connect Health is one of the fastest growing employers in the North East and is now expanding its head office in North Tyneside. The business was born and bred in the North East, founded by local clinicians, working with local authorities, the NHS and local businesses.

“Connect’s services complement and support what the public sector does and it’s great that they are able to keep investing in the locality.”

Originally published by InsiderMedia.