There is a growing demand for a new style of commissioning support capability, driven by a rapidly ageing population – with more people managing multiple long-term conditions, advancements in technology and increasing expectations for convenient, high-quality, safe care.

Combined with this, the NHS and local authorities are operating in an environment with a multi-billion pound budget gap across health and local authority services, where they are seeking new ways to stretch resources to maintain support for the most vulnerable, while improving the health and well being of all.

Within this challenging environment, customers are demanding a new business-orientated approach – one which understands and manages risk, while delivering high quality commissioning capacity and capability in a cost-effective way.

A Consortium of expertise

eMBED consortium partners




The eMBED Consortium pools together the relative strengths of four organisations – all leaders in their respective fields. This dynamic mix enables us to deliver high quality, seamless and end-to-end services, calling on the collaborative capabilities of our partners.







Our partners are:

  • Kier – a leading business services and built environment solutions provider with over 24,000 employees. It has delivered over £1bn of NHS healthcare development projects in the last decade and provides localised expertise from its network of offices across the UK, including locations in Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield and York.


  • BDO – highly regarded for service redesign, system transformation and market and provider management. The BDO health team has worked with commissioning support units, individual CCGs and many NHS providers.


  • Dr Foster – the leading provider of healthcare variation analysis and clinical benchmarking solutions worldwide. It is currently providing intelligence to over 70 CCGs nationally and hundreds of healthcare providers internationally.


  • Engine – with expertise and experience across the communications sphere. This includes designing award-winning public consultations in acute services redesign, health visiting and support initiatives.