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INTERVIEW


Dr Andrew Jones A


The managing director of the newly merged Nuffield Health Wellbeing talks to


Julie Cramer about moving further into the arena of prevention and wellbeing


s a provider of corporate wellness services to around 1,600 major companies – including half of the FTSE


100 and 40 per cent of the FTSE 250 – Nuffield Health has been making huge strides in the corporate market over the past five years. And that impressive reach is about


to get even broader with the recent announcement of a deal with UK supermarket giant Tesco to provide corporate health assessments for its senior managers nationwide. Dr Andrew Jones (below left), until


recently managing director of Nuffi eld’s corporate wellbeing division and now head of the newly merged corporate and consumer wellbeing services, is clearly upbeat about the implications of the Tesco deal and the rapid growth of Nuffi eld’s corporate services generally. He says: “The partnership with Tesco


is very exciting. It’s one of the most successful and famous UK retailers, and we’ve been in conversation with them for the past 12 months about creating a health and wellbeing blueprint for their workforce. It represents a major undertaking by both Tesco and us.” Jones is currently tied by client


confi dentiality about the fi ner details of the scheme, but he can tell us that


the management health assessments have been in operation since April, and Nuffi eld has also built a medical centre at Tesco’s HQ in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire. The centre is a suite of rooms, which


will be in addition to the 50 other Nuffi eld facilities around the country where Tesco staff will be able to access both general health and fi tness services, as well as more targeted healthcare offers like physiotherapy. Jones adds: “We’re working very


closely with Tesco on many different areas to help get their workforce fi t, motivated and healthy.”


INTERNAL MERGER Jones, a GP by training, joined Nuffield in 2007 as group medical director, undertaking a variety of roles within the company before being appointed MD of corporate wellbeing in 2011. Since December 2013, his newly


expanded role involves overseeing both the corporate and consumer divisions of Nuffi eld, which includes the running of 200 on-site wellbeing facilities on the corporate side – with 45 of those having opened in the past two and a half years – and 65 health and fi tness facilities on the consumer side, 15 of which were acquired from Greens Health Clubs in 2011. So why has Nuffi eld decided to merge


the two divisions, and what benefi ts will that bring? Jones says: “Our corporate business has been growing fast and we’ve come to a point where we need national points of distribution so, if we take on a big new client, their employees can get the most benefi t by being able to access all points in the Nuffi eld chain, whether that’s general health and fi tness or specialist healthcare services. “It made sense to integrate the


business to maximise those benefi ts and achieve those synergies. Also, we did it to accelerate the next stage of our development, and push forward with new ideas for our health and wellbeing services in both markets. “We’re looking to develop occupational


health and emotional resilience services and look after Nuffi eld patients with full rehab fi tness programmes once they’ve completed their surgery.”


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