The NHS has in recent years undertaken the largest hospital building programme in its history.
In October 2008 the 100 new hospitals specified in the 2000 NHS Plan were completed two years early.
Programmes such as the Private Finance Initiative, NHS LIFT (local improvement finance trust) and the ProCure21 procurement method have been important in providing these new hospitals and will continue to be so.
ProCure21 has delivered more than 240 schemes worth £1.3 billion and there are 200 schemes worth £2.2 billionn in their earlier stages.
The Department of Health has signed up to delivering the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform’s “construction commitments” for healthcare and we have made sure that initiatives such as ProCure21 and the coming ProCure21+ have these principles embedded into their programme.
The NHS is one of construction’s largest clients and we need to maximise this opportunity for it to promote best practice across the whole industry.
Only by driving innovation into hospital design and procurement can the Department of Health address its issues, particularly improved care environments, greater sustainability and reduced carbon emissions.
Department of Health director of gateway reviews and estates facilities Rob Smith
Construction News and Health Service Journal have worked together to produce a supplement focusing on how ProCure21 offers NHS Trusts a better chance to achieve the expectations they wouldn’t get from a traditional procurement relationship.