Belfast Telegraph

Success of medics' firm founders can inspire those who follow in their wake

We talk to Direct Medics, sponsor of the Young Businessperson of the Year award, about the growth of the business ahead of next week's gala

Gareth Chambers, who won Young Business Person of the Year in 2018, is presented with his award by Wendy
Austin and Terry Moore, CEO of Outsource Solutions who sponsored the award
Gareth Chambers, who won Young Business Person of the Year in 2018, is presented with his award by Wendy Austin and Terry Moore, CEO of Outsource Solutions who sponsored the award

With 61 employees across three offices and over 500 candidates engaged in work every week, Direct Medics has said it is proud to be the largest provider of temporary healthcare staffing to hospitals across Northern Ireland.

And Paul Mulvenna, Direct Medics managing director, said the company is "delighted" to be sponsoring the Young Businessperson of the Year category at next week's Belfast Telegraph Business Awards, in partnership with Ulster Bank.

Conor Martin of Ozaroo Group, Declan Murdock of AJC Group and Gavin Annon of Mount Charles are the shortlisted businesspeople.

Mr Mulvenna looked back on the early days of his business. He said: "Along with Anne-Marie Norton, I established Direct Medics shortly after graduating from the Ulster University MBA course.

"We had identified an opportunity in sourcing quality healthcare staffing solutions and, after putting our business plan into action in 2000, we initially began to place locum doctors in positions mainly across England and Wales.

"Our initial focus was on assisting overseas medical graduates in establishing a new career in the UK, which was an intense and sometimes long, drawn-out experience.

"However, many of these doctors are now senior clinicians and it is very gratifying to see them do so well following their experience with Direct Medics."

The first Direct Medics office was located in the attic space of a building on Eglantine Avenue in Belfast. Operations moved to Stockman's Way in 2009.

In 2010, Direct Medics opened a second office in Manchester and in 2016 a third branch was established, in Glasgow.

Primarily a supplier of locum doctors until 2014, the company expanded into the recruitment and supply of nursing staff and healthcare assistants, and most recently allied health professionals in 2018.

Direct Medics is also shortlisted for SME Healthcare Business of the Year in the awards, a testament to their position and reputation in the local healthcare staffing market.

"We are proud to be the largest supplier of locum staffing to NHS hospitals across Northern Ireland at present and aim to further establish the Direct Medics brand and grow our client base across the UK and Ireland over the coming years," said Mr Mulvenna.

Safe recruitment practices are placed at the core of the business, with a commitment to meeting all legislative and vigorous compliance requirements to ensure the highest quality candidates are supplied to clients.

Quality candidate care has also been key to business success with great emphasis placed on developing long-term relationships with candidates, delivering exemplary levels of service, sourcing suitable placement opportunities and sharing specialist knowledge.

"Dedication to safe recruitment practices are a critical aspect of maintaining a quality service to both our clients and candidates," said Mr Mulvenna.

And he congratulated those who have been shortlisted for the Young Businessperson of the Year, remarking on the many inspiring qualities they display.

"It's fantastic to see the achievements of these dynamic and driven individuals who have gone above and beyond to contribute to business success. Best of luck to all the finalists."

How to buy tickets

The gala awards dinner takes place on Thursday, May 2 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Shaw's Bridge, Belfast.

A table of 10 costs £1,500 plus Vat while individual places are available at £160 plus Vat.

To book online, visit businessawards/tickets