20 October 2015, National

Strategic Estates Planning means right space, right cost, right purpose

Community Health Partnerships Executive Director Antek Lejk has outlined how CHP is working with NHS Property Services to support CCGs in developing and implementing their strategies.

CHP Executive Director, Antek Lejk

CHP Executive Director, Antek Lejk joined a panel of experts this week at the first of its kind Strategic Estates Planning (SEP) workshop hosted by the Department of Health and NHS England in Bristol.

Linking in with current NHS agenda

The event brought together specialists from all quarters of the NHS estate with Clinical Commissioning Group colleagues, who have been tasked with producing a first-cut Strategic Estates Plan by the end of this year.

Pamela Chapman, Property Policy Lead from the Department of Health, explained in her introductory remarks that SEP fitted into many parts of the current NHS agenda – specifically within the Five Year Forward View initiative, health and social care integration, devolution of powers, making savings and increasing the availability of land for much-needed housing.

CHP and NHS Property Services: Working together to support CCGs

Antek Lejk, Executive Director at Community Health Partnerships and Andrew Strange, Head of Planning and Development at NHS Property Services outlined how the two property companies are working together to support CCGs in developing and implementing their strategies.

Long term vision

They stressed that a long-term vision is important – in order to ensure that planning and investment in the estate is right and to be realistic about the timescale for change.

Speaking at the event, Antek stated how local estate strategies will have an important role to play in enabling change, delivering savings, reducing running costs and ensuring that all investment, including the Primary Care Infrastructure Investment Fund, is properly targeted.

He said: “A critical success factor will be in ensuring that the plans made today accommodate and encourage the changing way services will be delivered tomorrow, taking full account of, for example, improvements in technology, telemedicine and the impact of an ageing population.”

Delivering appropriate NHS services to patients

Andrew supported this view by stating that what drives the process is the ultimate delivery of appropriate NHS services to patients.  Once a CCG has agreed which services it plans to commission for its local population, it can structure its land and buildings to deliver care in the most efficient and cost-effective way.

He said: “Facilities must be used to their maximum potential to drive best value from the NHS estate.”

Estate analysis is key

Both speakers urged NHS colleagues to analyse their estates data and use it to understand their current estate and its potential.

Further workshops are being held later this month in London and Manchester.

A critical success factor of Strategic Estate Planning is ensuring that the plans made today accommodate and encourage the changing way services will be delivered tomorrow.

Antek Lejk, CHP Executive Director