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Wilmington Healthcare acquires Wellards


Wilmington Healthcare online education offer enhanced with acquisition of Wellards

In line with its vision to be at the centre of intelligence-led healthcare, Wilmington plc has acquired JMH Publishing Ltd, trading as Wellards, a leading provider of specialist and accredited online education. The acquisition complements and further extends Wilmington Healthcare’s footprint in healthcare intelligence, both in the UK and beyond.

Established in 1990, and with more than 25,000 registered users, Wellards provides quality NHS and clinical knowledge e-learning to the pharma and medtech industries. The organisation runs over 70 online courses in areas such as market access and compliance, and in key therapy areas such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular health. It also manages the highly successful online training portal, Wellards Academy, which services the needs of UK pharmaceutical and medtech commercial staff.

Wilmington Healthcare is a fresh proposition, forming an umbrella for Wilmington plc companies Binley’s, NHiS and OnMedica. The organisation enables better engagement with healthcare professionals, supporting service redesign and helping develop stronger, closer relationships in pursuit of better patient care.

Wellards will become the principal education and training platform for Wilmington Healthcare and deliver its knowledge solutions, both in the UK and in mainland Europe.

Richard Adams, director of Wilmington plc’s Insight Division, said: "The customer environment for pharma and medtech has become increasingly complex. The bringing together of Wellards strategic education solutions with class leading healthcare intelligence from Binley’s and NHiS is a natural evolution of the Wilmington Healthcare portfolio. It will enable our customers to develop more sophisticated stakeholder relationships, fit for today’s NHS market place and to demonstrate a real contribution to outcomes.”

"Today’s news is indicative of a longer term strategy which will see further development of knowledge based solutions. Of particular interest is the scalability of Wellards’ online products, both in the broader healthcare industry and internationally, where we can utilise our existing market access.”

John Heath, founder and CEO of Wellards, who will remain with the business for a transitional period, commented: "I’m delighted that Wellards is now part of Wilmington Healthcare. For many years we have worked closely with Binley’s, providing customers with the knowledge and insight needed to interpret the practical value of the Binley’s resources. This acquisition is a very natural extension of our partnership and I’m looking forward to developing new services which will further enhance the product portfolio of both companies.”

For more information, please contact:

Andrew Baud and Catherine McNulty, Tala
+44 020 3397 3383 / 07775 715775

About Wilmington Healthcare and Wilmington plc

Wilmington Healthcare within the UK, incorporates NHiS, Binley’s and OnMedica. A part of Wilmington plc whose group companies help clients turn data into actionable business benefit, Wilmington Healthcare focuses on working with its customers to turn its high quality healthcare data into meaningful intelligence to support their business objectives and the improvement of healthcare.

Turning knowledge into advantage, Wilmington plc focuses on four key knowledge areas: Risk & Compliance, Finance, Legal, and Insight (Wilmington Healthcare is part of the Insight group). Wilmington’s businesses enable professionals and their organisations to perform better by providing quality, relevant and reliable information, education and networking. For more information on Wilmington plc visit

About Wellards

Wellards has more than 25,000 users representing over 300 companies. Subscribers have their own username and password that gives them access to an exclusive range of services and feature such as news and regularly updated information as well as an extensive range of learning materials. It is an indispensable resource for anyone needing to keep on top of the changes in the NHS.

Wellards provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive NHS information and training available anywhere. Its clients range across the whole of pharma, medtech and beyond, setting the industry standard for effective and rewarding NHS training.

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