As first revealed by GPonline, the service has been commissioned by NHS England and the DH. The property organisations NHS Property Services and Community Health Partnerships will provide strategic planning support to local commissioners developing new models of care set out in NHS England’s Five Year Forward View.
NHS property will be redesigned to accommodate integration and more community provision.
GP leaders initially welcomed the plans. GPC executive lead on premises Dr Brian Balmer said earlier this month he had been arguing for better leadership on premises for some time.
GP premises for new care models
A new document published by the NHS property firms said the programme would help commissioners make their estate more efficient and free up space for new care models.
The organisations said there were opportunities to reduce costs, reconfigure estates to better meet needs, share property with social care and the wider public sector, generate capital receipts for reinvestment, and ensure effective future investment.
The document said: ‘Improved access to primary care is needed for a growing, ageing population, managing more chronic illnesses, and taking the strain off expensive hospital provision. There is a big challenge to make better use of capital tied up in poorly-used estate that’s expensive to run, and to free-up resources quickly for reinvestment.’
The property organisations said: ‘Dedicated teams from Community Health Partnerships and NHS Property Services will provide independent expertise with a real customer focus, understanding that different approaches might be needed in different healthcare systems. The aim is to help commissioners drive real value that leads to tangible improvements in the efficiency and effectiveness of the estate that is fit for the future.’