The reports by Sir Robert Naylor and Lord Carter have made clear that service transformation and back-office efficiencies will not be achieved whilst the NHS estate is unfit for purpose.
There is currently not enough capital investment to deliver these objectives and a robust capital strategy, based on the requirements of the 44 Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs), is needed.
Sir Robert Naylor, in his report, estimates that £20bn is required to fund STP plans, clear backlog maintenance and deliver the Five Year Forward View. The potential value that could be unlocked from the NHS estate is estimated to be £5.5bn.
The HSJ Strategic Estates Forum has been created to provide clarity and insight on strategic estates issues such as:
- What is the delivery vehicle for Naylor? Sir Robert’s report was published in March 2017 and there has still not been a formal response to his proposals, such as the 2-for-1 offer or the proposed creation of an NHS Property Board.
- Gain clarity from the Treasury, Department of Health and NHS Improvement on how these plans will be implemented.
- How can you unlock the benefits of public-private partnerships? There are many ways in which the NHS can partner with the private sector and new initiatives such as Project Phoenix are now emerging. Understand the legal and financial implications from Strategic Estates Partnerships and what opportunities your organisation can access.
- How are STPs building effective relationships to achieve progress?