18 September 2014, Midlands

CHP shows support for NHS Englands Essex Area Teams Capital Investment and Estates event

On 18 September, Community Health Partnerships (CHP) supported NHS England’s Essex Area Team’s Capital Investment and Estates event in Basildon; seizing the opportunity to share knowledge with a range of stakeholders including CCG’s, NHS Trusts and Local Authorities about the valued service and support CHP is providing as part of its Strategic Estate and Implementation Programme.

Delegates at the Capital Investment and Estates event in Basildon

Reinforcing CHP’s commitment to supporting strategic estates planning across the NHS, Area Director, Ian Greggor took to the stage alongside Ian Burns, Area Strategic Estates Planner at NHS Property Services to demonstrate how CHP is leading and supporting an effective approach to the planning, use and disposal of the primary healthcare and community estate to drive savings across the region.

Addressing the challenges

Echoing the views and examples of best practice of the expert panel of speakers (including Jennifer Speller from and the Essex Area Team and Paul Kingsmore from NW London Hospitals Trust), Ian acknowledged the challenges being faced by partners within the NHS and local authorities and the opportunities these challenges present.

Working together to understand demand and system pressure points

Ian comments: “Experience shows that through partnership working, we are able to holistically review the existing estate and better understand future demand and predict likely system pressure points. 

"Once we have this fully rounded picture, we can then work together to identify opportunities where the reconfiguration and/or relocation of services can support the combined health and community estate to address the task of transforming and integrating health and social care and improving the quality and availability of services available."

Strategic Estate Planning in action in Portsmouth

Highlighting the strategic planning work CHP is currently undertaking in Portsmouth, Ian explained how a recent review of NHS estate has identified a number of utilisation and financial issues that need addressing. 

In response to this, CHP is now working with partners in NHS Property, the CCG, NHS England & the main local provider, Solent NHS Trust to design and implement a strategic estates plan that will amongst things:

  • see the disposal of the currently under-utilised and out-date, St James Hospital to free up land for the development of 300+ housing units
  • result in the transfer of various clinical services to St Mary’s Hospital to improve utilisation of this site
  • lead to an expected net cost saving of £3.25m from 2017/18.

Speaking after the event, Phil Smith, Senior Estates Manager, NHS England Project Appraisal Unit said: ”This event is one that myself and colleagues from the PAU were pleased to be able to contribute to in support of the Essex Area Team who are living their philosophy of working collectively and creatively with local stakeholders.

Whilst Dawn Scrafield and Jennifer Speller from the Essex Area Team set the scene for the whole day, I thought Paul Kingsmore’s ‘commissioners commission services, not premises’ and the Community Health Partnerships and NHS Property Services Strategic Estates Partnerships project examples clearly demonstrated the benefits that can be realised from a clear services and estates strategy and total collaboration.”

Valuable learning

Other topics covered during the event, included guidance about the Business Case approvals, PIDs and Post PID Option Appraisal processes and an introduction to the range of tools and resources available from NHS England to aid this work, an overview of the Community Infrastructure Levy and the work of the Healthy Urban Development Unit, and an overview of the services that the District Valuers Services can offer to the NHS.

CHP to sponsor next event

Following the success of this initial pilot event, CHP is pleased to confirm that it will be sponsoring the next Capital Investment and Estates event in early 2015.  Further details about this will be made available in due course.

To find out more about the strategic estate planning work being carried out in the Essex region in the meantime, please contact Ian Greggor / 07983 716 762.

Experience shows that through partnership working, we are able to holistically review the existing estate and better understand future demand and predict likely system pressure points.

Ian Greggor, CHP Area Director