Transform Hospital Group has teamed up with the Katie Piper Foundation to launch an innovative new partnership to help people living with burns and scars.
The company has given a substantial donation to the charity to help provide vital support, as well as providing complimentary treatment in its UK network of hospitals and clinics to those receiving rehabilitation through the Foundation.
The Katie Piper Foundation was established in 2009 by Katie Piper - a model and TV presenter at the time, and now author, inspirational speaker and advocate – who experienced severe, permanent scarring and partial blindness after an attack in 2008. The charity provides restoration and rehabilitation services to people with burns and traumatic scars.
Transform Hospital Group is a major provider of elective healthcare services to both the private market and the NHS and is the UK’s leading provider of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic interventions. It will provide its clinical team, facilities and products free of charge to create bespoke treatment plans that will help survivors with their recovery, such as laser treatment or intense pulsed light (IPL) to aid scarring.
Representing the Trustees of the charity, Katie Piper said: “Survivors of burns will have a better chance of a brighter future thanks to this exciting new partnership.
“The Transform team are supporting my charity with a generous donation to help fund our vital work. We’re also very proud to be working with them to give survivors much-needed treatment and advice, at no cost, with experts in their state-of-the-art hospitals and clinics around the UK.
“This is a partnership that could truly transform lives.”
The agreement comes at a time when survivors depend on the Foundation more than ever. Five times more referrals for services are being received now than before the pandemic.
Sarah Green, Chief Executive of the Katie Piper Foundation, said: "Many of the people we work with have struggled to access support services and treatment over the course of the pandemic due to strains on the health service, so it’s been an incredibly difficult time for them.
“As well as providing mental health support, physical recovery is a big part of the way we help people improve their confidence and feel like themselves again, so having access to Transform Hospital Group’s facilities and expert clinicians will make a huge difference, and ultimately allow us to help more people.”
Transform Hospital Group operates two hospitals – The Pines in Manchester and Burcot Hall near Birmingham – as well as clinics nationwide.
Tony Veverka, CEO of Transform Hospital Group, said: “It’s a privilege to be working with the Katie Piper Foundation. The organisation carries out such incredibly important work which we’re now very proud to be a part of.
“As a well-established, long standing medical aesthetics and cosmetic surgery specialist through our Transform brand, we know that treatment can have a hugely profound effect on some people’s lives.
“Self-confidence is at the core of everything we do in this particular field, and our partnership reflects the importance of this. By working together with the Foundation, we hope to make a positive difference to people who are facing exceptionally challenging circumstances.”