Wed 8th July 2015, 2:03 pm
NHS England and the Department of Health has combined the powers of their two property companies: NHS Property Services and Community Health Partnerships, to help unlock space and value across the NHS estate.
The new service will work on behalf of the two companies and provide expertise to local health systems to help them develop and implement local estate strategies to ensure that buildings and land operate efficiently to improve patient care.
The aim is for the NHS to:
- Use the existing estate more effectively
- Reduce running and holding costs
- Reconfigure the estate to better meet commissioning needs
- Share property (particularly with social care and other public sector partners)
- Dispose of surplus estates to generate capital receipts for reinvestment
This news was followed by the announcement from NHS Property Services that it had appointed a new director of asset management, John Westwood.
John joins the company after holding previous positions with in Pfizer Inc, Citigroup, BT, IBM and DTZ.