Our story

Accelerate CIC came into existence in 2011 but our story began long before this.

1989

The first Tower Hamlets leg ulcer clinic is started by Alison Hopkins when she was a District Nurse.

1994

Dr Gerry Bennett starts a Complex Wound Clinic for Tower Hamlets residents. The centre quickly becomes known as the East London Wound Healing Centre.

1995

Alison Hopkins and Dr Richard Bull swiftly join Dr Bennett to help establish a wound pathway with integrated multidisciplinary management.

1997

Our reputation for success in healing wounds sees an increase in referrals from surrounding London Trusts. Fran Worboys joins the team.

1998

Ina Farrelly, a podiatrist specialising in gait, joins the team.

2008

We launch a Lymphoedema Service alongside our Wound Care Service and Caitriona O’Neill joins the team as the new service lead.

2010

We apply for the Right to Request to become a social enterprise, meaning we spin out of but still work with the NHS. Our first health psychologist, Hannah Falvey, joins the team further expanding our multidisciplinary approach.

2011

In November, we launch as Accelerate Health CIC and quickly become known as Accelerate CIC.

2015

We formally open our Treatment Centre, a clinical centre of excellence.

See our awards and our impact to learn more about our journey.

Read more about Dr Gerry Bennett MB FRCP, Geriatrician 1951–2003, a leading visionary who sowed the seeds for who we are today.