A key part of NHS England’s Five Year Forward View is to make land and buildings owned by the NHS more efficient to save money, free-up resources and provide buildings suitable for new ways of delivering healthcare.
Strategic estates planning helps the NHS plan for the future and use the existing estate more effectively. The process can benefit patients and the NHS by:
- Reducing running and holding costs
- Reconfiguring the estate to better meet commissioning needs
- Sharing property (particularly with social care and the wider public sector)
- Identifying property that is no longer needed, leading to sale receipts for reinvestment
- Ensuring money for improvements is invested in the right place at the right time.
There is no current integrated approach to estates strategy and very little co-operation or co-ordination on estates issues and developments between the various organisational entities across Surrey Heartlands.