Norwich Union acquires Rehabilitation UK

Article date: 23 October 2006

Norwich Union today announces the businessacquisition of Maidenhead-based Rehabilitation UK, one of thecountry’s leading centres for evidence-based treatment* ofinjuries such as whiplash and other musculoskeletal injuries.

This move supports Norwich Union Healthcare’s (NUHC) businessand extends its capability in occupational health andrehabilitation services, which is delivered by its occupationalhealth business, Norwich Union Occupational Health. Dr MartinStrudley, the founder of Rehabilitation UK, will become director ofrehabilitation, Norwich Union Occupational Health and will bringnew ideas and thinking to the way rehabilitation services areprovided by Norwich Union.

Martin and his 15 strong team will continue to deliver and developevidence-based approaches to personal injury care with the supportof a network of physiotherapist and psychological therapists andthrough Norwich Union Occupational Health’s growing networkof medical centres including London, Birmingham, Wolverhampton,Liverpool and Maidenhead.

Tim Baker, commercial director, Norwich Union Healthcare, said:“Norwich Union has been working with Rehabilitation UK for anumber of years. Martin and his team have helped many Norwich Unionclients, especially those involved in car accidents. This move willallow us to utilise Rehabilitation UK’s expertise in the areaof rehabilitation and work with their network of physiotherapistsand psychological therapists to promote evidence-based approachesto support a wider variety of cases.”

Dr Martin Strudley, director of rehabilitation, Norwich UnionOccupational Health, said: “Having worked with them for anumber of years I understand their desire to use the evidence-basedtherapies to support customers. In addition, the government is nowrecognizing the importance of rehabilitation services and how theyencourage people to return to work earlier. The development ofthese services within the private sector is crucial to support thework of the NHS and those employers who wish to support their staffand in future support the NHS. I look forward to working with theNUOH team to develop this opportunity.“

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* Rehabilitation UK has developed a case managementsystem based on research evidence, the PROOF system of injuryrehabilitation which not only provides evidence based best practicetreatments to help people get better faster, but also streamlinesthe referral and treatment process, shortening the overall claimlife cycle and reducing costs. For more details see www.rehabilitationuk.co.uk.

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Notes to editors:

Rehabilitation UK
Rehabilitation UK offer aclinician-led service with nationwide coverage. It tackles acuteand chronic health problems, including trauma management, stressmanagement, work absence/sickness management, return to worksupport and cognitive behavioural therapy for psychologicalissues.

The organisation uses the PROOF system for only those treatmentsmedically proven to be effective in helping people get better,faster.

For more information please visithttp://www.rehabilitationuk.co.uk

About Norwich Union Healthcare
NorwichUnion Healthcare was founded in 1990 as the healthcare arm ofNorwich Union and now provides a range of income protection andprivate health insurance products that cover over 870,000 lives. Itis one of the largest providers of income protection and privatehealth insurance in the UK.

Norwich Union acquired Occupational Health provider, Private HealthCare, in October 2005. We now offer an extensive range ofoccupational health services to corporate clients. These servicesare delivered by Norwich Union Occupational Health Ltd.

Norwich Union Healthcare is authorised and regulated by theFinancial Services Authority and is a member of the Association ofBritish Insurers and the Financial Ombudsman Service.

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