Exclusive: NHS bosses order new co-ordinated GP premises planning system

Ministers and NHS bosses have ordered a new strategic estates planning system to help local commissioners make better use of NHS premises.

Dr Brian Balmer: current GP premises strategy is flawed (Photo: JH Lancy)
Dr Brian Balmer: current GP premises strategy is flawed (Photo: JH Lancy)

NHS England and the DH will be writing to CCGs within days to inform them of the new support scheme, GPonline has learned.

GP leaders have welcomed the plans. GPC executive lead on premises Dr Brian Balmer said he had been arguing for better leadership on premises for some time.

The new system will see greater co-ordination between the two NHS property management organisations - Community Health Partnerships (CHP) and NHS Property Services (NHSPS) - and enhanced strategic support and estates planning for local commissioners.

GP premises system 'flawed'

Dr Balmer said the plans were recognition that the current system of premises leadership was ‘flawed’.

'I have been pushing for some clear leadership on premises management for a little while,' he told GPonline. 'Whether this will provide leadership or some management backup, either way it is to be welcomed if it works.'

In a joint statement from CHP and NHSPS, a spokeswoman said: ‘CHP and NHSPS have been asked by NHS England and the DH to co-ordinate and enhance their strategic estates planning offer to support NHS commissioners across England.

‘The DH and NHS England will be writing to commissioners with further details in the coming days. Managing the estate strategically can bring real benefits for the NHS in better use of properties, improved services, and efficiencies.’

DH and NHSE did not respond to a request for comment.

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