Castlerock swoops to bolster medical services unit

SPECIALIST recruiter Castlerock has strengthened its position in the forensic services sector with a bolt-on acquisition.

The St Helens-based company, has bough the forensic healthcare division of staffing and services company, Medacs Healthcare for an undisclosed deal.

Castlerock, which in the year to June 2014 generated revenues of £28.7m and is looking to hit £30m by 2016, has bought the Salford Quays-based business to boost its specialist sub brand, CRG Medical Services.

The medical services division supplies Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine-qualified doctors, nurses, paramedics, prison GPs, prison- experienced nurses to police forces, prisons and sexual assault referral centres across the country.

Castlerock’s chief executive said: “We believe that a combination of the core strengths of the two complementary businesses will enable us to provide an enhanced service offering and user experience to current and future clients.”

The deal has enabled CRG to open its first base at Salford Quays, where 25 medical services business support staff are based at an office at Clippers Quay.

Munro added: “We’re confident that the acquisition will benefit clients in a number of ways. The increased scale of the combined businesses will result in a greater depth of clinical expertise being available, including more specialist doctors, nurses and paramedics. In addition, it will provide us and our clients with access to a broader network, with an extra 15 branches and local offices throughout England and Wales.”

Earlier this year, CRG Medical Services was appointed by Merseyside Police, to provide it with a dedicated healthcare service, including forensic medical examiner doctors and nurses.

Financial due diligence on behalf of CRG was conducted by Rob McCarthy of Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services, along with Chris King of Hemingways Solicitors.

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