Especially given recent emphasis on patient flow and segmented zones in hospitals during the covid-19 pandemic, STPs and ICSs are taking a more strategic view on how to drive optimal performance from the physical infrastructure across their region. With more staff also working from home during the pandemic, many opportunities for repurposing spaces have also been highlighted.
As ICSs take shape, ensuring estates strategies are well aligned with system objectives will be key – this includes delivering care closer to home, playing a role in the drive to net zero and embedding resilience into services.
This award will go to an organisation which has helped the NHS make the most of its current estate, taken a cross-system approach to a project with clear benefit to the NHS organisation and patients, or found innovative solutions to help it develop new properties – often within tight budgets. It is likely to have worked closely with NHS staff – and potentially patients – to meet the NHS’s needs within the resources available.
- This award is open to any private or not-for-profit business which works in partnership with an NHS organisation in the field of property, facilities or estates management.
- These can be single partnerships or joint working projects, but must demonstrate evidence from the past two years up until the awards deadline date.