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Optimisation – the benefits of fully utilising CHP buildings

By James Bawn, Strategic Business Development Director

Where you treat your patients is a critical part of clinical outcomes. Optimising space available within local communities can hugely support better health outcomes whilst increasing service and financial effectiveness.

Across communities, health infrastructure and services have been developed for local access, reducing the need to seek out diagnostics and treatment from within an acute setting.  This infrastructure can and is being increasingly used as a focal point for communities, particularly as more diagnostics and treatment are moved from acute into community settings; and our expert data, analytics and work with system partners gives us solid evidence to support the accommodation of additional optimisation into the future.

We know that this will enhance the health and wellbeing benefits to local communities, demonstrating even better value and improved productivity when implementing new models of care for the NHS.

Following the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, in which he announced a productivity target of 0.5% for the public sector, it is clear that the LIFT portfolio can support this, especially in the absence of new money and a stretched capital budget.  We have been saying for some time that higher utilisation and optimisation of best quality core assets in the community, such as LIFT buildings, will bring greater value.

Optimising the in-community estate makes sense. At CHP, one of our core objectives is to work with health and social care partners to maximise the use of the LIFT portfolio,  supporting in-community service delivery. Our portfolio is seen as an exemplar of high-quality infrastructure, in excellent condition, fit for purpose, flexible, and situated in the places where these facilities are needed most, i.e. areas of high deprivation.

Mount Gould Local Care Centre a modern timber clad two storey health centre with paths and gardens to the front
Mount Gould Local Care Centre

Nine out of 10 of our buildings are in areas of high health need, contributing to them being viewed as valuable core NHS assets by the NHS.

We have many examples of where we have flexed and adapted buildings in our portfolio to meet clinical priorities, the most notable of which include Community Diagnostic Centres (CDCs) and supporting the transfer to community or place-based care, such as Bath Street Health and Wellbeing Centre in Warrington.

The Fuller Stocktake Report specifically highlighted the need to focus on local populations, based around Primary Care Networks (PCNs), for both prevention and treatment. CHP’s extensive work with PCNs and ICSs around both infrastructure and the accurate data needed to support effective planning is enabling informed decision-making, positioning us as a key partner to support these outcomes.

This approach perfectly aligns with the ethos of CHP and the LIFTCo estate. We collaborate and strive to enable health outcomes in local communities, particularly those who may traditionally have been harder to access. This approach will reduce pressure on acute hospitals, enabling primary care settings to focus on their population needs, whilst expanding diagnostic capacity that provides earlier intervention and reduces post-pandemic waiting lists. This approach underpins increasing optimisation across the LIFT portfolio and the wider core estate across the NHS.

Shabnam Rashid Radio grapher and Nicola Worthington Assistant practitioner stand beside a mammography machine
Breast Screening Radiographers at Bath Streeet Health and Wellbeing Centre

We have worked with partners and NHS England to develop a new tool which helps you to optimise your local estate. Using data, it maps out current and potential patient throughput across all parts of a building, accurately estimating the use of every area and enabling you to make sure that you are maximising the number of patient episodes across your core portfolio.

We have regionally based Directors who know your area and its potential, who can support the work you need to do to take a strategic view of your estate needs, as well as working with our front-line property delivery colleagues to meet your localised needs.

If you would like to hear more and develop plans to drive up optimisation across your in- community portfolio please get in touch with us. 

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