The Department of Health and NHS England have asked Community Health Partnerships (CHP) and NHS Property Services to provide strategic estates advice to local health systems to help them develop and implement local estate strategies.
CHP provides 103 CCGs across England with a dedicated, independent Strategic Estates Adviser.
Our team of advisers are available to provide commissioners with professional, high quality estates advice to support the development and delivery of the Local Estate Strategy.
Advisers can also help look for possible sources of financial support and funding, and will also work to help unblock constraints and red tape where possible.
As a first step, our advisers are working with commissioners to bring together relevant stakeholders, including service providers and the Local Authority, to help to establish - or reinvigorate - a Local Estates Forum.
The key principles underpinning this service are:
The Department of Health is developing the Local Estates Strategies (LES) programme into future years and will be engaging with Strategic Estates Advisers and the wider sector to build a stakeholder policy group to work through the issues and themes that have been identified.
The intention is to provide a revised Local Estates Strategies: A Framework for Commissioners / supplementary guidance towards the start of 2016/17 to support commissioners in realising the benefits of LESs.
To find out more about this, please download the Future Development of Local Estates Strategies communication from the Department of Health to Clinical Commissioning Group leads (October 2015).
In a recent survey of our CCG customers, over 80% of responders indicated that they are either very satisfied or satisfied with the Strategic Estate Planning service they receive from CHP.
Our local [Strategic Estates] adviser is both helpful and responsive and has been able to support us with specific pieces of work, tailored to our needs.CHP Strategic Estates Planning Survey respondent, 2015