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Capita acquires healthcare informatics specialist, CHKS Ltd

19/02/2009
The Capita Group Plc ("Capita"), announced today that it has acquired CHKS Limited from Healthcare Knowledge International for a consideration of £11.6 million. CHKS provides healthcare intelligence and quality improvement services to healthcare professionals.

The acquisition adds depth and breadth of expertise to Capita's existing services for the health market, which includes running the NHS Choices programme.

CHKS pioneered the UK healthcare intelligence market with hospital benchmarking in 1989. Since then, it has  developed a range of solutions and has over 90 NHS trusts as clients. Its services range from coding, data and performance management to benchmarking, accreditation, quality assurance, standards development, health economics and predictive modelling.

CHKS made an operating profit, on a pro forma basis, for its financial year to 31 December 2008 of £1.6 million on turnover of £8 million.

Commenting on the deal, Paul Pindar, Chief Executive of The Capita Group Plc said: "This acquisition will add important new expertise to Capita's range of health services and effectively complements the work we are doing for NHS Choices, in developing the way the NHS connects with the public. The deal also further demonstrates Capita's commitment to, and investment in, the health sector.

"As one of the largest providers of health informatics and benchmarking in the UK, CHKS will allow us not only to provide more and better services to existing clients but will also provide a strong platform to gain further business across the market."

CHKS employs around 80 staff based mainly in Alcester, Cardiff and London. 

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For further information:
The Capita Group Plc
Tel: 020 7799 1525
Paul Pindar, Chief Executive
Shona Nichols, Corporate Communications Director
Media enquiries
Capita press office
Caroline Mooney
Tel: 0207 654 2152 or 0870 2400 488 (out of hours)

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The Capita Group Plc is the UK's leading provider of BPO and integrated professional support service solutions.  The Group's service capabilities encompass customer services, financial services, human resource services, software services, systems and strategic support and property services delivered to both public sector and private organisations.  With more than 32,000 employees at more than 300 offices across the UK, Ireland and India, Capita is quoted on the London Stock Exchange (CPI.L), and is a constituent of the FTSE100 with revenues for 2007 of £2,073 million. Further information on The Capita Group Plc can be found at: http://www.capita.co.uk
                                                                  
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