Circle Partnership – the private provider that runs Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust – has signed a deal to advise one of China’s biggest multinationals on how to duplicate its own employee-ownership model.

Prime minister David Cameron and health secretary Jeremy Hunt announced the deal as part of the UK’s trade mission to China, according to a statement issued by Circle this afternoon.

The Beijing-based financial group CITIC will lead the project, which will look at developing integrated healthcare services for elderly patients in Kunming, the capital of China’s Yunnan province.

Circle chief executive Steve Melton said: “Circle’s team has world-class expertise in clinical innovation and patient care, with a proven model of delivery in Reading, Bath, Nottingham and Hinchingbrooke.

“We are delighted that CITIC, another world-class company, has recognised these skills and we look forward to sharing our talent and approach in China.”

Circle took over the running of Hinchingbrooke last February, in a landmark 10 year management franchise deal.