16 August 2015, North

New Health Estates Forum sparks innovative approach to strategic estates planning in Doncaster

New Strategic Health Estates Forum in Doncaster sparks opportunities for innovative strategic estates planning.

Oliver Judges, Doncaster MBC & Jude Wildgoose, CHP SEP Team

A newly formed Strategic Health Estates Group has been established in Doncaster with the aim of bringing together local partners, to promote service integration and the efficient use of the health and local authority estate.

The forum brings together representatives from organisations including Doncaster Council, NHS Doncaster CCG, Doncaster & Bassetlaw NHS FT and Rotherham, Doncaster & South Humber NHS FT, and is facilitated by Community Health Partnerships (CHP).

Ideal platform for partners to come together

Speaking after the forum’s latest meeting on 5 August, Oliver Judges, Strategic Health Estates Group Chair (pictured below) said: “This forum supports the Team Doncaster approach, providing the ideal platform for partners to come together and identify opportunities to jointly move towards a more efficient and strategic estate, delivering both financial benefits and better outcomes for people in the Borough.

“Initial talks have been highly proactive and I am confident that we can help drive savings and enhance service provision across the area through the better integration of services and a transformational approach to strategic estates and infrastructure planning and delivery.”

Driving a more efficient estate

Jude Wildgoose, Strategic Development Manager at CHP (pictured above) added: “A critical part of delivering the vision of the NHS Five Year Forward View is the drive for a more efficient estate.

“Through the Doncaster Local Estate Forum, we are already making good headway with creating deliverable implementation plans to create the new fit for purpose estate and we have already identified a possible reduction in property spend, and the potential to improve utilisation of space in existing CHP buildings.”

Valuable discussions

Discussion at the August meeting included valuable updates on:

  • Locality Asset Reviews – exploring how key findings from the recent assessment of the local estate as a whole are being used to help shape the future approach to strategic estate planning
  • One Public Estate (OPE) – how Doncaster Council is using the principles of the OPE to bring public sector representatives together to focus on more effective strategic estates planning and infrastructure.  This includes working closely across the Sheffield City Region to broaden the programme in the context of the devolution agenda.
  • The Primary Care Investment Fund (PCIF) – and the opportunities for closer alignment of partner investment plans and requirements.


Supporting Strategic Estates Planning

Through the Community Health Partnerships Strategic Estates Planning Programme, the CHP has established and are a key partner in over 50 Strategic Health Estates Group (or Local Estate Forums as they are also known) across the country, working with local commissioners, primary, community and acute providers and local authorities to make the most of NHS estate, for the benefit of patients, staff and taxpayers.

Find out about Strategic Estates Planning in your local area

To find out more about the work being undertaken by CHP in your local area, please contact a member of our Strategic Estates Planning Team, or download a copy of Making the most of NHS buildings and land.

Initial talks have been highly proactive and I am confident that we can help drive savings and enhance service provision across the area.

Oliver Judges, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council