Best Estates Optimisation Project 
Best Estates Optimisation Project 

Especially given the 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.  


  • Outline the scope of the project including the brief, aims and how the partnership was appointed. What was the context in which the project was required and what interested parties were involved?    
  • Describe what challenges were identified and the plan that was put in place to overcome these. Judges are looking for projects which have clearly defined goals which are for the benefit of the NHS organisation and include maximising opportunities for value creation.  


  • Describe in detail with supporting information the success of the project including any financial, on-time delivery, energy and clinical metrics.    
  • Provide supporting evidence including quantitative and qualitative data showing value creation.    
  • Judges are looking for high quality projects of any size which deliver against brief.   


  • Has the partnership project team gained any learnings which have been or have the potential of being applied to projects elsewhere within the NHS organisation or other local health economies   
  • How have the project team worked together at disseminating best practice?  


  • What efforts were made to involve all relevant stakeholders in the planning and execution of the project?    
  • What processes were put in place to enable clear and regular communication of activity.    
  • Judges are looking for projects which have included parties effected by the plan including front-line staff, management and were relevant, patients.   


  • How was value creation included in the plan and realised in execution?    
  • What are the measures of value?    
  • Judges will be looking for projects which improve financial circumstance but also add value to staff, patients and environment.  
Best Estates Optimisation Project 
Best Estates Optimisation Project 

To find out more

For entry enquiries, contact Ryan Bessent on 0207 608 9045 or email