NHS England and NHS Improvement have asked all areas of the country to submit updated strategies for their estates (the buildings and land owned by health and care organisations) this summer. In Northamptonshire, our updated strategy is expected to reflect the planning work we are doing locally for the coming years in response to the NHS Long Term Plan.
To date, the work of Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership’s Estates workstream has concentrated on auditing the quality and longevity of the buildings housing clinical services in our county.
We now need to look at how the work we are doing on our transformation priorities – specifically urgent and emergency care, our hospitals working more closely together (unified acute model) and care in your area (primary, community and social care) – will shape investment in the future.
Work on the estates implications of our urgent and emergency care and hospitals working more closely together priorities will be taken forward for NHCP by inhouse teams within our partner organisations. Work on the estate implications of our ‘care in your area’ priority will be supported by WSP – specialists in primary care and general practice estate management.
WSP have been tasked with developing a ‘Programme Strategic Outline Case’ which will allow us to talk directly to the Treasury about funding changes and improvements to Northamptonshire’s primary care and general practice facilities. The next steps are to recruit a project team and talk with our local GP federations and our Local Medical Committee about how best to engage GPs in this process.
The public sector in Northamptonshire has also been given a grant by the Cabinet Office as part of the One Public Estate Initiative to develop a feasibility study for the potential redevelopment of facilities at Weston Favell Centre. This study will also include the development of options for the future of general practices in the area.