We are one of the largest providers of specialist education and behavioural health services for children in the UK.

Although our work embraces many specialist disciplines, it is united by a common purpose:  To actively enable each and every one of the people in our care to achieve their personal best, however it is defined by them or for them.

We provide services to almost 2,000 children and young people across 224 locations. We work with the majority of local authorities in England and Wales and employ more than 3,800 people.

Our vision

Our vision is to become the highest quality provider of specialist children's education and  behavioural health services in the UK.

Our belief

Everyone has a personal best

Everyone can find something to aim for

Everyone can achieve something special

And everyone should have the opportunity to strive for it.


No matter what their situation

No matter what specific challenges they might be facing

We will actively enable the people in our care to achieve their personal best.

For everyone at Cambian, that is a personal commitment.

Our History

The genesis of The Cambian Group was an 18-bed rehabilitation hospital that was piloted in 2003 in a company called NHP Healthcare Partnerships.

NHP Healthcare Partnerships was the subject of a management buyout in 2004 backed by GI Partners and Cambian Healthcare was formed.

 The team was driven by a desire to deliver better life outcomes for patients, often excluded from mainstream society and stigmatised because of their illness or disabilities. To achieve this, a therapeutic programme called Active Care™ was developed.

The Active Care™ model was unique in providing a transparent and measurable way of mapping multi-disciplinary team (MDT) inputs as well as quantitative evaluation of patient progress.

In September 2005, seven special needs schools were purchased and Cambian Education was created. This acquisition brought with it a body of staff with over 30 years of experience and expertise in the field of Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

The Cambian Schools were the pioneers of the 52 week "Waking Day Curriculum" for students with autism and continue to lead with Information Communication Technologies in classrooms, behavioural therapy, speech and language therapy and an innovative curriculum, all encapsulated in the Active Learning™ programme. Moreover, they have been given Ofsted's highest rating and praised for delivering an "outstanding level of care and education" in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Always moving toward a person-centred approach, Cambian Education and Cambian Healthcare continued to grow organically, developing leading-edge real estate and services to become market leaders in their respective fields.

During 2009, the divisions recognised the value of combining their clinical and educational functions and expertise to create a formidable force in the field of specialist healthcare and education. To this end, they worked towards the creation of The Cambian Group (Cambian), which was launched at the beginning of 2010.

In July 2010, Cambian achieved significant growth in capability by joining with Care Aspirations, an independent provider of specialist learning disability services for adults. This provided exciting opportunities for expansion: adding an additional 200 beds.

In April 2014, Cambian and Advanced Child Care merged and are now listed on the London Stock Exchange. Shortly after this, in June 2014, Cambian acquired three specialist further education colleges from Mencap.

In March 2015, Cambian acquired By the Bridge, a leading independent fostering provider, specialising in therapeutic foster care for over 500 children. The group provides a differentiated service due to the significant emphasis placed on selecting and training foster parents on how best to meet the challenging needs of their foster children.

During 2015, Cambian acquired two further specialist schools from the charity sector and continued to develop organically its portfolio of specialist children’s care homes.  Cambian also took the strategic decision to develop an integrated recovery model incorporating education, care and therapy focused on children and young people with the highest needs.

 In December 2016, Cambian announced the sale of the Adult Services business to a subsidiary of Universal Health Services, Inc., a major NYSE listed acute care and behavioural health services provider. The sale allowed Cambian to focus on being a market-leading provider of specialist children's services, with the aim of becoming the highest quality provider of specialist education and behavioural health services for children.

As a result, Cambian provides services to almost 2,000 children and young people from 224 locations across the UK (37 schools, 179 specialist care homes, and eight fostering offices).

Cambian works with the majority of local authorities in England and Wales and employs more than 4,300 people.