As the NHS endeavours to recover from the covid-19 pandemic, the estate has an increasingly important and highlighted role to play in delivering safe, quality care. The ability to reconfigure old sites and embed resilience has become a priority, while an emphasis on population health, health inequalities and equity of access necessitates a more holistic approach to the healthcare estate, embedded in Integrated Care System (ICS) strategies.
Capital funding and allocation remain a key challenge, both across the existing NHS estate and in delivery of the New Hospitals Programme which continues to see delays and raise concerns. In the absence of a comprehensive multi-year capital settlement to tackle the estates maintenance backlog, efficiency and resourcefulness at all system levels is paramount.
“Really encouraging to see so many Directors of Estates and others responsible for helping move systems forward from an estates perspective, and that people are aligned in terms of using estates in a strategic way to improve service provision.”
Tony Spotswood, Health & Community Development Director, Affordable Housing and Healthcare Group