New strategic estates planning service established to drive better value for the NHS

The Department of Health and NHS England have asked the two NHS property companies – Community Health Partnerships and NHS Property Services – to help unlock space and value across the NHS estate and create the infrastructure to deliver new models of care.

Both organisations already offer expert strategic estates planning services to NHS commissioners and this is now being tailored to meet the challenges set out in the national blueprint, the Five Year Forward View (5YFV).

The vision set out in the 5YFV, means that in many areas of the country, the healthcare estate will need to be redesigned to accommodate more services in the community and provide opportunities for greater service integration.

There is considerable opportunity for the NHS to:

  • Use the existing estate more effectively
  • Reduce running and holding costs
  • Reconfigure the estate to better meet commissioning needs
  • Share property (particularly with social care and other public sector partners)
  • Dispose of surplus estate to generate capital receipts for reinvestment

Working on behalf of NHS England and the Department of Health, the two companies will provide expertise to local health systems to help them develop and implement local estate strategies, supporting NHS England’s drive to ensure that buildings and land operate efficiently for rapidly changing models of patient care.

Dedicated teams from NHS Property Services and Community Health Partnerships will provide independent expertise with a real customer focus, understanding that different approaches might be needed in different healthcare systems. The aim is to help commissioners drive real value that leads to tangible improvements in the efficiency and effectiveness of the estate so that it is fit for the future.

NHS Property Services and Community Health Partnerships have published a leaflet setting out details of the work and some successful examples to date.