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Simplyhealth is to acquire Denplan, the Winchester-based dental insurance firm with 320 staff, from AXA for £115m.
Home Instead is looking to expand the 65-strong workforce at its York-based care services operation with 30 new jobs.
Scapa Group has acquired the business and assets of WEBTEC Converting, the US manufacturer of adhesive-backed medical devices, for an initial £19m.
Lincoln County Hospital is to invest £4.3m in the expansion of its heart unit.
Caremark is planning to recruit 50 more staff at its home care service in the Tees Valley over the next 18 months.
Genix Healthcare is planning to recruit 100 apprentices to work in its nationwide network of 22 dental practices over the next 18 months.
Hunters Moor Neurorehabilitation is planning to open a £2m treatment centre in Portsmouth in October 2012, with the creation of 40 jobs.
The Children's Hospital for Wales in Cardiff has secured funding to proceed with the £64m second phase of its development, which is due for completion in 2015.
Owen Mumford has won permission to build a new medical equipment manufacturing unit at its site in Chipping Norton.
Biomet is to create 80 jobs at its orthopaedic devices factory in Bridgend, but up to 220 could be lost with the closure of production at its Swindon site over the next two years.
Helping Hands Homecare is expanding its care service with a new office in Redditch and the creation of 80 jobs over the next six months.
Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton is to invest £34m in the development of three new wards by 2013.
Medical Protection Society is reported to be planning to set up a new headquarters at a 63,000 sq ft property at Victoria Place in Leeds.
Advanced Medical Solutions is to acquire Resorba, the German woundcare firm, for £55m.
Labco is to create ten jobs at a new medical supplies operation at Pont Steffan Business Park in Lampeter early next year.
City & County Healthcare Group has acquired Springbank Community Care, the Staffordshire-based home care business with about 100 staff.
Colten Care is to create up to 180 jobs at two new dementia care homes being built in Winchester and Lymington.
Sheffield Children's Hospital has unveiled plans to invest up to £30m in the development of a new wing by 2015.
Bupa is seeking a suitable location in Manchester for a new 140,000 sq ft office.
Goodman Group of the US is looking to invest up to £500m in the expansion of its senior living business into the UK market, and is seeking sites of up to four acres in the South East.
Lloydspharmacy is to open its second Health Village at Thurrock in Essex, including a private dental clinic and spa.
Avenue Care Services is looking to create more than 100 jobs at its new Fife-based care-at-home service.
Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust has secured outline planning permission to build a five-storey dental hospital at the Pebble Mill site in Birmingham.
Radis Community Care is planning to create a further 30 jobs at its new care services operation in Welshpool.
Signature Senior Lifestyle has submitted plans to Kingston Council to open a new care home in New Malden in 2014, with the creation of 90 jobs.
Salts Healthcare has acquired Healthlink, the Shoreham-based dispensing appliance contractor, for undisclosed terms.
Profound Services has acquired Northern Care Training, the South Shields-based assessment centre and training firm, and is now seeking two further acquisitions to expand its workforce from 45 to 120.
Oxford Instruments has acquired Platinum Medical Imaging, the US supplier of medical imaging parts with 33 staff, for an initial £11m.
Royal Brompton Hospital is looking into the possibility of relocating its 1,600 staff to a new site in West London, having appointed Savills to consider the options for its existing site in Chelsea.
Mersey Care has won government approval to invest £48m in the development of two mental health hospitals in Liverpool by 2013.
Safehands Group, the Blackpool-based care services firm with 250 staff, has been acquired by Simon Rigby for undisclosed terms.
Blue Brick Healthcare is seeking permission to build a £5.5m care centre in Newark, with the creation of 70 jobs.
Right at Home is looking to create up to 50 jobs at its new home care service in Sutton, Greater London.
Doctors Laboratory is reported to be considering plans to relocate the London headquarters of its pathology services business to a 100,000 sq ft facility being developed at 132-142 Hampstead Road.
Balhousie Care Group is to relocate its head office and 27 staff from Forfar to Perth, and is also expanding its chain of 22 care homes with new sites in Dundee, Arbroath and Huntly.
Caremark is creating up to 50 new jobs at its home care service in Cheshire West and Chester.
Pall Newquay is to invest £5m in the expansion of its medical products factory in Cornwall, with the creation of about 60 jobs.
Banana Moon Day Nurseries of Warwick is looking to create a nationwide chain of up to 100 franchised children's nurseries.
Patient First is to create 25 new jobs at its Shrewsbury-based ambulance transport service.
Pendine Park has submitted plans to develop a new £5m dementia and nursing centre in Caernarfon, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Optos of Dunfermline has acquired the eye testing instrumentation division of US-based Opko Health for £11m.
August Equity has moved into the veterinary market by merging Advanced Vetcare with the Rowe chain of four Bristol-based surgeries.
Restful Homes Group and Aspen Extra Care Living have unveiled plans for a new care home in Evesham, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
Practice Plan has expanded its dental membership plans business with the acquisition of Glasgow-based Isoplan and Irvine-based Medenta for undisclosed terms.
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust has won approval from Northumberland County Council to build a £75m emergency care hospital in Cramlington by 2014.
The RSPCA is planning to build a 42,000 sq ft flagship animal hospital and rescue centre at Frankley near Birmingham.
Touch Bionics has raised £2.5m to fund the expansion of the sales team at its Livingston-based prosthetic limbs business.
English Care Villages has unveiled proposals to set up a new dementia care unit in Kenilworth, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Orchard Care Homes of Leeds is to become the operator of 29 former Southern Cross care homes.
Willmott Dixon has been selected as preferred bidder for a £38m contract to build five care homes in Warwickshire for Housing 21 by 2014.
Care UK is to create 80 jobs at a new care home due to open on Redford Road in Edinburgh in spring 2013.
Tunstall Healthcare is to acquire American Medical Alert Corp, in order to expand its remote health monitoring operations in the US.
Bondcare is to submit plans to build a new care home at a former pottery site in Tunstall by 2013, with the creation of up to 150 jobs.
HC One is to create at least 100 new jobs as it prepares to take over 249 care homes currently operated by Darlington-based Southern Cross.
Circle is planning to build a new £70m hospital at Didsbury Point in Manchester by 2013.
Ark Home Healthcare has acquired the Anchor Trust home care business with the transfer of 200 staff in Leeds, Wakefield and Halifax, and is now looking to create 150 new jobs.
Royal Blackburn Hospital is to build a new £3m accident and emergency unit by summer 2012.
Maria Mallaband Care Group has acquired 35 former Southern Cross care homes, and plans to grow its newly-formed Countrywide Care Homes division to 70 sites over the next five years.
New Care Horizons is planning to build a £50m care village in Weymouth, with the creation of 200 jobs.
York Heritage has submitted plans to build a care village at Barmby Moor in East Yorkshire, with the creation of up to 180 jobs.
Assura Group has acquired a new £3.5m health centre developed by Ashley House in Stanwell, Surrey, and is also developing a further 20 projects across the country.
Care & Share Associates is planning to create 50 jobs at its new care services office in Leeds by the end of the year.
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has approved plans to build the new £25m QEII hospital in Welwyn Garden City by 2014.
Sevacare is to recruit up to 150 staff to work on a new contract to provide local authority care services in Bolton.
Optima Care has secured funding to expand its specialist health and social care service with new sites in Kent and the East Midlands.
Smilepod has raised £1.2m to fund the expansion of its London-based chain of three dental hygiene outlets with four new sites a year.
Capita Group has acquired Insurance Medical Group, the Durham-based medical reporting and physiotherapy company with 70 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Advanced Childcare has acquired Clifford House, the Herefordshire-based operator of 13 children's homes with 120 staff, for £10m.
Lifeways Community Care has acquired SLC Group, the Lancashire-based community support services business, from ISIS Equity Partners for undisclosed terms.
Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust has unveiled plans to invest £28m in the expansion of Southampton General Hospital, including a new emergency department.
Carefound is to create up to 40 jobs at its home care services business in Harrogate over the next two years.
Spire Healthcare has acquired Lifescan, the Kent-based provider of computerised tomography scans, for £1.4m.
Home Instead Senior Care is to create about 40 jobs at its at-home care services business in Crewe this year.
The Department of Health is to invest £800m in medical research through NHS and university partnerships managed by the National Institute for Health Research, including four new Biomedical Research Units.
Pathway Care, the foster care agency, has been acquired by Fostering Solutions, part of Acorn Care & Education Group, for undisclosed terms.
Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley is to recruit 135 additional nursing staff over the next year, as part of a £2m investment.
Western Health & Social Care Trust has secured funding worth £75m to build a new hospital in Omagh by 2016.
Whickham Villa is planning to set up a neurological trauma rehabilitation centre on Teesside by 2013, with the creation of 120 jobs.
Fishawack Communications has acquired Phocus Services, the Swiss medical communications firm, and its US subsidiary.
Lister Hospital in Stevenage is to undergo a £72m expansion project, including a new casualty department and operating theatre.
HCA International has acquired Rood Lane Medical, the London-based private primary care firm, for undisclosed terms.
Hair Solved of Manchester is planning to set up a nationwide network of non-surgical hair replacement studios, having just opened the fourth in Belfast.
Simplyhealth is to acquire the Groupama Healthcare insurance business in the UK from Groupama Insurances of France.
Mears has acquired the Supported Living division of Choices, the provider of social care services in Scotland and the North, for £7.4m.
ExtraCare Charitable Trust has unveiled plans to build a £43m retirement village at Acocks Green in Birmingham by 2015, with the creation of 400 jobs.
Castleoak has raised £50m from investors and bank debt funding to develop care homes in partnership with Bridges Ventures.
The Scott Partnership has acquired Kapler Communications, the Bedfordshire-based life sciences PR firm, for undisclosed terms.
Allied Healthcare is to be acquired by private equity firm Acromas for £107m, and its chain of 100 care branches will be merged with Nestor Healthcare.
WFCA has acquired Williams Blake Reay, the Tunbridge Wells-based healthcare advertising agency, for up to £0.5m.
Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust has unveiled proposals to build a new £370m hospital in Smethwick by 2016.
Arthritis Research UK is to fund the development of a new £3m National Centre for Arthritis from Sports and Exercise, but the location has not yet been decided.
NHS North West and Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust have selected Citybranch to build a new £10m hospital in Altrincham town centre by 2014.
General Medical Clinics has bought Medicentres (UK), the London-based operator or primary medical care centres, out of administration for £0.7m.
Scarborough Borough Council has approved plans from Henson Healthcare to build a new £3m care home in Whitby, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Medacs Healthcare is creating an unspecified number of jobs at its new 10,000 sq ft healthcare staffing and services office at Belle Vue Mills in Skipton.
Medicina, the Bolton-based medical supplies firm with 19 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Technology in Motion, the Manchester-based orthopaedic products supplier, has undergone a management buy-out from Ossur of Iceland, and is now planning to create franchises across the country.
Integrated Dental Holdings is to relocate its head office from Kearsley to an 18,000 sq ft building at Europa Park in Bolton.
St Andrew's Healthcare has won approval from the West Northamptonshire Development Corporation to build a £50m mental health centre in Northampton.
Chime Communications has acquired Reynolds-MacKenzie, the London-based healthcare PR firm, for an initial £2.6m.
NHS Dumfries & Galloway has secured Scottish Government funding to build a £6m medical centre in Dumfries by autumn 2012.
Kirklees Council is expecting more than 100 new jobs to be created through the privatisation of care services for vulnerable adults by the end of next year.
Optilase is creating 50 jobs at a new £5m eye clinic opening in Belfast this month.
Priory Care Homes is to create up to 60 jobs at a new nursing home due to open in Foster Road, Coventry, later this year.
Independent Living Services is recruiting 50 additional staff to provide care at home services to Edinburgh City Council.
Newcastle Home Care Associates is looking to recruit about ten new staff a month for its Tyneside-based care services business.
Gingerbread Pre-Schools of Liverpool is planning to develop a chain of up to ten nurseries over the next five years, with the creation of about 200 jobs.
Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has acquired the Midlands Treatment Centre in Burton for £2.5m, with the transfer of 100 staff.
Arjo Med is to acquire a 40,000 sq ft unit for its medical equipment business at the Houghton Horn office park in Dunstable.
Neuro Partners is planning to create a further 100 jobs at its home rehabilitation and support services business in the North East over the next two years, and may open a new office in Liverpool or Manchester.
City of York Council is to consider plans from the Minster Veterinary Practice to build a hospital and training centre for horses at Askham Bryan College, with the creation of 20 jobs.
Mansell has won a £12m contract to build three welfare centres in Ashford, Swale and Thanet for Kent County Council and the NHS by 2012.
Nottingham Rehab Supplies is to set up a new 12,000 sq ft headquarters for its living aids business and 22 staff at the Melton Business Park in Hull.
Dexela, the London-based medical imaging firm, has been acquired by PerkinElmer of the US.
Colchester General Hospital is to set up a new £25m radiotherapy centre by 2016.
HICA is looking to expand its Hull-based care homes and homecare business to new parts of the country, with the creation of 2,000 jobs over the next five years.
Caremark is planning to create about 200 new jobs at its care services business in South Cheshire and North Staffordshire over the next year.
Shropshire Council has approved plans from Coverage Care to build a new care home in Oswestry by 2013, with the creation of 50 jobs.
East Midlands Ambulance Service is planning to recruit a further 30 paramedics, but up to 50 management and support jobs could be cut.
Care & Share Associates of Sunderland is planning to open up to six homecare support centres across the country over the next three years, with the creation of up to 300 jobs.
Capita Group has acquired Team24, the Surrey-based healthcare recruitment firm with 80 staff, for £24m.
Ultralase is planning to open new consultation clinics in Brighton, Norwich and Plymouth, and a new intraocular lens surgery centre in Liverpool could be followed by six more.
Middleton Hall is planning to invest £8m in the expansion of its retirement village near Darlington, with the creation of 45 jobs.
South Lanarkshire Council has approved plans from Balmer Developments to build a new 99-room care home in Uddingston.
Hyde Lea Nursing is investing £2m in the expansion of the Manor House nursing home in Stafford, with the creation of 35 jobs.
Serco is to create up to 75 jobs for housekeeping, catering and security staff at the new Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Stirling.
Wassenburg Medical Devices is to relocate from Rotherham to an 8,000 sq ft office at Smithy Wood in Sheffield.
Dentist Direct is to create 70 jobs at its headquarters in County Durham to support the creation of 100 dental practices in the North East over the next five years.
Dame Hannah Rogers Trust has submitted plans for the multi-million pound expansion of the Seale-Hayne campus near Newton Abbot, including new facilities for respite care, therapy and leisure.
Independent Living Services is to create up to 70 jobs to work on a new care at home contract for North Ayrshire Council.
Premex Group, the Bolton-based provider of medical reporting services with 300 staff, has been acquired by ExamWorks of the US for £66m.
Church & Dwight is to invest £2.1m in the introduction of new technology at its dental and cosmetic products factory in Folkestone by the end of the year.
Newcastle Borough Council is to consider plans from Ideal Care Homes to build a 62-bed care home at Chesterton in Staffordshire, with the creation of 42 jobs.
The University of Leicester has unveiled plans to build a new £30m medical school by 2013.
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) is investing £22m in the refurbishment of its 100,000 sq ft headquarters at 30 Euston Square in London, in order to improve facilities for 350 staff.
NHS South Central is planning to recruit more than 300 medical workers to train as health visitors to support local children.
Staffordshire Community Care is looking to create up to 30 jobs at its new private care agency in Stoke-on-Trent.
Save the Children International is to relocate its London office from Hammersmith to a 15,000 sq ft unit at St Vincent House on Orange Street.
Lombard Medical has announced a £27m share placing that will fund the expansion of its Culzean medical devices factory in Prestwick.
UK Independent Medical Services is relocating from Durham to a larger office at Rainton Bridge, and hopes to expand the 80-strong workforce to 150 over the next few years.
Manchester Cancer Research Centre has unveiled proposals to build a new cancer research facility in Withington, with the creation of at least 150 jobs.
Spire Healthcare is to create more than 100 jobs at a new £25m private hospital due to open in Hove in summer 2012.
Northridge Care is planning to open short-break holiday centres for people with disabilities in Whitley Bay, Alnwick, Durham and Gateshead, with the creation of 200 jobs, and has just sold its Careline Homecare business to City & County Healthcare of London.
Care & Share Associates is to create 50 jobs at a new office in Leeds, having won a contract to provide care services to elderly people.
The Stroke Association is planning to open a new £2.2m 11,700 sq ft care centre in Bromsgrove by the end of the year.
Cygnet Health Care has won approval to build a 62-bed mental health unit near Bridgwater, with the creation of up to 180 jobs.
Ideal Care Homes is creating up to 50 jobs at a new care home due to open at Dearne Hall in South Yorkshire in August.
Medical Protection Society is seeking a suitable property for a new 60,000 sq ft office in Leeds.
Synergy Health has acquired BeamOne, the US provider of sterilisation services to the health sector, for £21m.
Ortho-Care is to relocate the headquarters of its Bradford-based dental equipment business and 40 staff to a new £2.5m 25,000 sq ft building in Shipley by the end of the year.
Capita Group is to acquire the government and health advisory businesses of Tribal Group for up to £16m.
HICA Homecare is to create up to 100 jobs at its new healthcare operation in the Lancashire village of Buckshaw over the next six months.
Priory Group has acquired Craegmoor Group, the Worcester-based provider of mental health services with more than 6,000 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Dr Newman's Clinic is planning to expand its Bolton-based chain of clinics with up to 12 new sites over the next few years, having just been acquired by a consortium for £1.6m.
Home Instead Senior Care is to create 30 jobs at its new care services operation in Stratford, Kenilworth, Leamington and Warwick.
NHS West Midlands is creating 467 new jobs for health visitors, as part of a government proposal to increase the nationwide workforce of health visitors by 50% by 2015.
Bracknell Forest Council has approved plans from Ashley House to build a £20m HealthSpace hospital in Bracknell town centre by the end of next year.
Joints & Points Healthcare is to relocate its Liverpool-based physiotherapy and psychotherapy business to Exchange Flags in April.
St Dunstan's is to create up to 70 jobs at its new £12m health centre for ex-servicemen and women due to open in Llandudno in August.
Churchill Retirement Living is seeking permission to extend its headquarters in Ringwood, Hampshire, with the creation of up to 60 jobs.
Peterborough City Council is to consider outline plans from Paul Leong to build a multi-million pound care village at Farcet, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
Parklands Group has submitted plans to build a £2m care home in Elgin, with the creation of 42 jobs.
Advanced Childcare, the Stockport-based group of 30 residential care homes, has been acquired by private equity firm GI Partners for £28m.
First on Scene Training is to create 20 jobs at its new 5,200 sq ft first-aid training office and warehouse in Bradford.
Glenside Manor Healthcare Services, the Wiltshire-based operator of a rehabilitation hospital and seven care homes, has undergone a £25m management buy-out backed by Bowmark Capital.
Cello Group is to acquire MedErgy HealthGroup, the healthcare communications consultancy with 50 staff in the US and London, for an initial £3.4m.
PRA International is to relocate its Reading-based clinical research organisation to a 43,000 sq ft office at Green Park later this year.
Home Instead Senior Care is expanding its nationwide network of franchised at-home care offices from 80 last year to 100 by May.
Cellnovo is looking to relocate its Swansea-based medical technology business to a larger site, and aims to double its 55-strong workforce.
White Cross Veterinary Service is planning to expand its chain of seven practices across the North and Midlands to 50 by 2018, with the creation of hundreds of jobs.
Allied Healthcare Group has acquired ScotHomecare, the homecare operations of Health & Lifecare Options with ten branches, for £2.5m.
Ascribe has acquired 21C, the London-based provider of healthcare intelligence data with 15 staff, for undisclosed terms.
PDSA is to build a £2m animal hospital at the Plymouth International Medical & Technology Park by the end of 2012.
Maria Mallaband Care is to build a £6m nursing home in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, by next February, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Glasgow Centre for Reproductive Medicine (GCRM) is to invest £1m in the expansion of its clinic, including new office space and treatment rooms.
NSPCC is to relocate 40 staff to a 7,800 sq ft office on Albion Street in Leeds this spring.
Doctors Laboratory is seeking a suitable 75,000 sq ft property in the West End of London for a new office and pathology laboratory, and hopes to relocate from existing sites by 2013.
Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust is submitting plans for the £35m redevelopment of St Ann's mental hospital in Poole.
Borough Care is relocating its care homes business to a new 4,400 sq ft headquarters on the Acorn Business Park in Stockport.
Saga Group is to expand its healthcare operations in Folkestone, Hythe and Thanet, with the creation of up to 1,000 jobs over the next year.
Ark Therapeutics is to sell its Patient Plus woundcare business to Crawford Healthcare for up to £2.7m.
Toshiba Medical Visualisation Systems (TMVS) is to set up a £15m medical scanning research and development centre in Edinburgh, with the creation of 100 jobs over the next three years.
Cambrian Group has acquired the Pinder Oaks special needs hospital near Barnsley from private equity firm Voyage.
The Department of Health is to invest a further £400m in mental health care, through the launch of a new Mental Health Outcomes Strategy.
Shropshire County Primary Care Trust has unveiled new plans to build a £27m hospital at the Eco Business Park in Ludlow.
Cardiff & Vale University Health Board is planning to open a new £6m centre for stroke patients at Llandough Hospital in Cardiff this August.
Integrated Dental Holdings, the Bolton-based chain of 315 dental practices, has been acquired by Carlyle Group for £450m, and will be merged with Surrey-based Associated Dental Practices.
Balhousie Care Group is seeking permission to build a £3.5m care home at Huntly in Aberdeenshire, which would create 60 jobs.
Caremark East Riding is creating 350 jobs at its home care services across East Yorkshire.
Assura is to acquire AH Medical Properties, the Buckinghamshire-based owner of 52 medical centres and pharmacies, for £28m.
Clarity Informatics Group is planning to create 20 new jobs at its Newcastle-based medical information business this year.
Priory Group, the care homes operator, is to be sold by Royal Bank of Scotland to Advent International for up to £925m.
City & County Healthcare has acquired Quality Care Services, the Belfast-based domiciliary care firm with 160 staff.
NHS North Somerset is seeking a private company to build and maintain a new £15m community hospital in Clevedon.
PWB Health, the Dumbarton-based medical devices firm, has been bought out of liquidation by the owner of Ultralife Healthcare.
ICON has acquired Oxford Outcomes, the Oxford-based health outcomes consultancy, in order to expand its Late Phase & Outcomes Research division.
HeartSine Technologies is to invest £2m in the expansion of its cardiac defibrillators business near Belfast, which employs about 50 staff.
Care UK has acquired an 80% stake in Specialist Medical Imaging, the Altrincham-based scanning firm with 90 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Pathfinders Neurological Care Community has submitted plans for the £7m expansion of its care home at Sherwood Energy Village, which would create 140 new jobs.
Rascals Day Nurseries is to create 60 jobs at a new childcare nursery in south Belfast.
Midcounties Co-operative has acquired Buffer Bear, the Reading-based chain of 24 children's nurseries with 650 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Merseycare is planning build a £25m mental hospital at the former Walton hospital site in Liverpool by 2013.