“Atos Origin wins Grand Prix at the Public: Private Finance Awards 2007”

London, 29 May 2007

Recognising how the Atos Origin run NHS Walk-In Centres have helped to improve public services

Atos Origin, today announced that the NHS Commuter Walk-in Centres they run in Manchester Piccadilly and Canary Wharf won the Grand Prix: best operational project across all sectors at the Public: Private Finance Awards 2007. The Grand Prix recognises the improvement in public services that the Atos Origin run NHS Walk-In Centres have delivered and the benefits that they have brought to the local community.

The Walk-In Centres at Manchester Piccadilly and Canary Wharf also won the best operational health scheme in recognition of the innovation, excellence and best practice that Atos Origin and the Department of Health have applied in setting up and running both centres.

Since opening the two centres, Manchester Piccadilly in November 2005 and Canary Wharf in April 2006, more than 45,000 patient consultations have been carried out. Between the two facilities, on average 90% of patients see a nurse practitioner or GP within 20 minutes of arrival.

Patient feedback has been extremely positive with 94% of patients at Manchester Piccadilly and 96% of patients at Canary Wharf rating the service as either good or excellent. Staff satisfaction is also very good at both centres with 100% of staff saying that they are satisfied with Atos Origin and 100% strongly agreeing that their working environment is good.

“Winning these awards is a great achievement that highlights Atos Origin's ability and expertise in delivering primary care services that are helping the Department of Health to improve access and give patients more choice,” said Keith Wilman, UK CEO for Atos Origin. “The award recognizes the dedication and commitment of our staff to ensure the success of both Walk-In Centres and my congratulations go to the entire team.”

“The two Walk-In Centres are performing very well and we are delighted that the centres have won these prestigious awards, “ said a spokesperson at the Department of Health. “The high patient satisfaction rates show that these centres are fulfilling the expectations of the patients who visit them.”

The NHS Commuter Walk-in Centre programme is part of the independent sector treatment programme, a groundbreaking initiative that has helped to dramatically reduce waiting lists and introduce choice and contestability into NHS healthcare.

The service is led by nurses with a range of qualifications and experience in both primary and emergency care. The clinical team also includes a General Practitioner. The centre is open from 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday, for treatment of minor injuries and ailments such as cuts, sprains, aches, and advice on health, stopping smoking and more.

Both centres are located near major commuter hubs and are aimed at meeting the needs of commuters who are unable to readily access their own GP as well as local residents that like the convenience and accessibility of the services.

The Public Private Finance Awards, judged by a panel of some of the most respected and experienced professionals from the public and private sectors, promote best practice and recognize innovation and excellence. The Awards dinner took place at The Grosvenor House Hotel on Tuesday, 22nd May 2007.

Atos Origin is a unique service provider to the UK healthcare sector, providing occupational health, primary care, capability assessment and diagnostic services to more than two million people each year. Atos Origin also delivers IT programmes at the heart of the health service modernisation programme, increasing patient choice and improving the patient experience.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are EUR 5.4 billion and it employs over 50,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Euronext Market Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

For more information please contact:
Caroline Crouch
Atos Origin
+44 20 7830 4233