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Maquet appoints new MD

   MAQUET LTD, a leading UK supplier of equipment for operating theatres and critical care, has appointed Bill Al-Khatib as Managing Director. The company plans to transfer the administration of its cardiopulmonary business to its Head Office in Sunderland.

Serge Exshaw, the former MD of Maquet Ltd, has been appointed MD of Maquet’s business in France. Bill Al-Khatib has been Managing Director of Maquet Ireland, and has worked for the company in the UK and Germany. While in the UK, he was Sales and Marketing Manager responsible for operating tables, ceiling pendants and theatre lights. “I’m delighted to be returning,” said Bill. “The business in the UK continues to grow, thanks to Serge’s direction and leadership and the hard work of the whole team. Customer relations remain at the heart of Maquet’s business philosophy. That’s why I believe it’s important we work with and not simply for our customers.”

Maquet plans to transfer the administration of its cardiopulmonary business to the company’s head office in Sunderland. The move will be completed by November 2007 and will result in the closure of the company’s Glasgow office. These changes have been made in preparation for the introduction of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.

BSN invests in wound care

   MEDICAL DEVICE COMPANY BSN Medical Ltd plans to expand its wound care sector through recruitment and new product development.

BSN plans to expand its sales and marketing team by recruiting a new community-based sales force, a sales manager and two clinical specialists in a phased approach. It will offer its products to the largest PCT areas first. There will also be opportunities within the marketing team.

BSN Medical specialises in lymphoedema management, compression therapy and orthopaedic casting and bandaging. It was formed as a joint venture organisation in 2001, with Beiersdorf AG and Smith & Nephew as parent companies. In 2006 it became independent.

Helen Phillips, heading up the new teams as Business Unit Manager for Wound Care and Phlebology, said: “Innovative products with unique selling propositions are the focus of our advanced wound care portfolio. We believe that we can help the NHS to save a significant amount of money whilst still achieving improved clinical results.”

“This is a very exciting time for BSN,” said Phillips. “We are ready to expand our existing team with additional dynamic, enthusiastic and well-trained people. The business plan is solid, the new product pipeline looks good and the sales opportunity is there.”

Louder than words

   SPECIALIST HEALTHCARE and scientific recruitment company Kirkham Young Ltd has gained a major professional accreditation.

Kirkham Young has received an ISO 9000, the internationally recognised standard for an organisation’s internal quality management: the actions it takes to ensure that its products or services satisfy its customers’ quality requirements and comply with regulations.

This accreditation confirms the company’s vision statement: “To be recognised as a top quality, honest and reputable recruitment company in specialist markets.” It goes well with their current corporate membership of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, as well as their investment in the development of their staff (which includes ensuring that they are all professionally qualified).

Tina Young, Director, commented: “We are delighted to have received this award, which now backs up the high levels of support we have always offered with a formal accreditation.”

 

Talentmark marks a new talent

HEALTHCARE AND LIFE SCIENCE RECRUITMENT company Talentmark has recruited Richard Geddis to manage seniorlevel commercial assignments.

Richard Geddis has 13 years’ experience within the healthcare industry. While at SSC Staff Consultants, he progressed from Recruitment Consultant to overall Business Manager. While previously at Johnson & Johnson, he worked as both Regional Business Manager and Training and Development Manager.

 Richard commented: “I’m really excited about the challenge my move to Talentmark represents, and am looking forward to applying my knowledge and experience to the recruitment of senior executive roles across our markets.” Richard Adams, International VP, said: “We are delighted to have Richard join our team to support our recent growth and contribute to further planned expansion of our services.

Richard’s enthusiasm, energy and expertise in managing assignments augur well for his success.”

Talentmark is a specialist recruitment company for senior commercial, scientific and technical executive roles in the UK and internationally.

Advancing within Advance

   HEALTHCARE RECRUITMENT company Advance Recruitment has promoted Dave Johnson to the position of Business Manager, after six years of successful service as a Recruitment Consultant.

Dave Johnson will have overall responsibility for candidates based in Scotland, Ireland and the North-East of England. Dave said: “I am delighted to have been rewarded for the effort put in over the last few years. I really enjoy working at Advance, we have a great team here and I can’t believe that after six years, I am still the shortest-serving member of the team.”

Nick Langley, MD of Advance, commented that Dave epitomises the philosophy of first-class service that has been the heart of Advance’s success over the last decade. As was reported in the October On Target, Advance has recently launched a new website and corporate identity.

Winning ways at AfPP

TWO HEALTHCARE RECRUITMENT COMPANIES at the 2007 AfPP Congress (see report on page 13) held competitions at the event.

Blueprint Medical Recruitment celebrated its fifth birthday with a quiz competition. The winner was Mike Smith of Huntleigh Healthcare, who will be enjoying a hot air balloon ride in the near future.

Delta Consultants invited delegates and exhibitors to take part in a Countdown-style contest: to make as many words as they could out of ‘Realising Potential’, the title of this year’s Congress. The innovative winner turned it into a Scrabble-style game and found an astonishing thirteen words.

Delta also ran a free draw for £150 worth of John Lewis vouchers. The winner was Karen Robinson, neurology ODP at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield. Karen has worked in theatres for the last three years. “I like blood and guts,” she happily admits.

Asteral’s fairway to raise charity funds

   HEALTHCARE COMPANY ASTERAL united players from the NHS and the healthcare industry in a golfing day to raise funds for neonatal care.

Asteral, the leading vendor-independent Managed Equipment Service (MES) provider to the NHS, held a Charity Day at Henley Golf Club. The event brought together Asteral’s customers, business partners and medical equipment suppliers to raise money for The Whittington Hospital ‘Building for Babies’ appeal.

The day was attended by senior clinical and management personnel from three local NHS Trusts. Representatives from industry included golfers from GE, Morgan Cole, Orchard PPP, Roche, Siemens, Toshiba and Xograph. Over £1000 was raised for the charity.

David Cook, Operations Director at Asteral, said: “The Charity Golf Day was a great success, bringing together representatives from the MES marketplace and raising funds for a valuable cause. At the request of a number of attendees, we plan to make this an annual event.”

The Whittington Hospital ‘Building for Babies’ charity aims to raise over £600,000 to expand and refurbish the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and purchase equipment for it.

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