The UK consultancy arm of GE Healthcare, one the world’s largest health technology firms, has acquired governance consultants Foresight Partnership.

The purchase, for an undisclosed sum, will see GE Healthcare Finnamore host what it will call the “Foresight Centre for Governance”, bringing four members of staff over to the join its 70-strong workforce.

The centre will be focused on working with NHS and other health and social care boards and senior teams to boost governance performance and effectiveness, a spokesman said.

John Deverill

John Deverill said the company was ‘well positioned to help combat’ the NHS’s funding gap

The department will be managed by former Foresight Partnership directors Adrienne Fresko and Sue Rubenstein, who will join as partners reporting to GE Healthcare Finnamore’s managing partner John Deverill.

Mr Deverill said: “NHS England recently cited a potential £30bn funding gap by 2020-21 if services continue to be delivered in the same way. 

“We are well positioned to help combat this gap, drawing on our unique combination of technology, analytics, consultancy, leadership and capital expertise to deliver lasting change for clients.  

“This acquisition significantly complements our leadership capabilities, allowing us to provide specialist expertise in governance and board development to help our customers lead major transformation through organisational development and board excellence.”

GE Healthcare Finnamore was created in January this year following GE Healthcare’s acquisition of health and social care consultancy Finnamore. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

At its launch the company said it would focus mainly on gaining consultancy business from NHS organisations in areas such as operational efficiency and clinical outcomes.