The Ministry of Defence has awarded a three year contract to AJM Healthcare to provide an integrated wheelchair service to its new Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC).
The service will cover the entire UK and will see AJM provide assessments, wheelchairs, repairs and maintenance to serving armed forces personnel.
The DMRC, based at Stanford Hall in Loughborough, Nottinghamshire, is a new £300m facility that claims to be the “world’s best clinical rehabilitation centre”, delivering clinical rehabilitation to serving members of the armed forces.
AJM will work alongside prosthetics providers and specialist clinicians to rehabilitate seriously wounded personnel.
Assessments and equipment will be provided from AJM’s new service centre in Derby, with Sunrise Medical providing a new fleet of loan pool chairs to DMRC.
Repairs and maintenance will be provided across the UK with the assistance of accredited Sunrise retail partners.
AJM’s CEO, Mark Perress, said: “Our business ethos and commitment to providing innovative and truly focused wheelchair services has really helped the award of such a prestigious contract.
“The AJM team will be working very hard in partnership with the MOD to ensure our brave service personnel receive the very highest level of care.”
The contract has an option to extend for a further two years once the three years is up.
AJM’s latest contract marks an increasingly nationwide coverage, which is part of its ambition to become one of the UK’s primary wheelchair services providers.
In an interview with AMP last year, Mr Perress, who led a management buy-out at the company in 2018, said that the business has been investing significantly in its clinical team and IT systems.
A key part of its strategy has been to build up its infrastructure to be able to support its new contracts and ensure its upscaling is sustainable.
Operations director, Steve Peck, said that the company has prepared ahead for a number of potential new contracts to ensure it is able to deliver.
He said: “You always ensure you’ve got things in place before you take it onto the next level. We’re in that position now and the MBO allows us to do that even more because there’s more investment. It also allows the likes of Mark and myself to run this company how we feel it should be led.”