Aberdeen-based TAC Healthcare Group has announced a £2 million investment to equip and refurbish its state-of-the-art Occupational Health centre and expand its team.
More than £500,000 has already been spent on the Dyce-based facility to provide a hub for integrated healthcare services where patients benefit from easy access to imaging, exercise testing, physiotherapy, laboratory services and specialty advice. Occupational health services are housed in a dedicated wing with access and infection control central to the design. The additional £2 million is to be spent on further diagnostics and imaging including a MRI scanner.
Ken Park, Clinical Director at TAC Healthcare Group, said: “Integrating occupational health into the overall provision of healthcare in the region is at the heart of TAC’s vision. Our efficiency translates to quicker and better value services for our patients and clients. Having a dedicated healthcare hub is essential to these plans, but even more important is having the right staff who work together with a common aim of providing excellence in healthcare.
“Over the last 12 months, our core staff have increased from 27 to 71 and we also now employ in excess of 250 bank staff. I’m really pleased to say that almost all of our original staff are still with us and they have played a pivotal role in shaping the business to where we are today.”
In January 2020, TAC recruited Dr David Leiper to lead its occupational health division. Dr Leiper is well known in occupational health circles and has held key positions as medical advisor to many oil and gas operators over the last 10 years.
He commented: “I am proud to be part of the TAC Healthcare Group team, and look forward to leading the occupational services, that so many in Aberdeen and beyond rely on.
“The novel approach of providing occupational health as part of an overall healthcare system has huge advantages for everyone. Over the last 12 months we have seen great demand for our services and as a result, we expect to employ an additional 15-20 medical, nursing and managerial staff in this department in the coming months.”
Dr Leiper is joined at TAC by another respected occupational health physician – Dr Finlay Dick. Dr Dick has more than 25 years’ experience in occupational medicine and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine and of the Royal College of Physicians of London. He said: “TAC Healthcare Group’s reputation and extensive service offering was a major factor in my decision to join. It is a joy to be a part of such an innovative team that are all about quality and delivering the service industry needs.”
Like all aspects of healthcare, occupational health services were impacted across the board by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, through remote medicals, the service was able to continue in a limited capacity throughout 2020. Ken Park commented: “With the relaxing of government restrictions, we are predicting an increased demand for our occupational health services in 2021. Already, we are seeing an increase in face-to-face consultations and our additional capacity and capability will further support clients as they transition to the ‘new normal’ post-COVID.”Leave a reply