Andy Slaney, Director at Provelio, investigates the changing nature of property management within health care.
According to Malcolm Grant, the Chairman of NHS England, the 17 million acre NHS Estate has yet to adapt properly to the changing patterns of ill-health and care. He’s written a great article in this weeks Estates Gazette.
As with many aspects of modern life a fair degree of care is now being self-delivered with an estimated 5,000 hours of self-care being administered for every one hour of care involving NHS contact.
A great comparison can be drawn with the banking sector where, thanks to uptake in the use of internet banking, many of us now have little need to visit a branch or even consult with an advisor. As a result, many branches have now either closed or fundamentally changed the way they deliver their services; being more akin to an internet café.
Of the premises occupied by the NHS (excluding primary care space) an area greater in size than Hyde Park is currently considered to be “wasted”. To put this into context, this wasted space exceeds the size of the entire UK Tesco property portfolio. Whether this is a huge opportunity or a huge liability I suspect depends on whether real estate demands are increasing (say housing) or decreasing (say in-patient mental health).
Along with people and technology, property is one of the three biggest costs for any business or organisation. To reach peak performance it is essential that an organisation’s people, technology and buildings work in harmony. An on-going challenge in an ever changing world.
The relationship between a business, its premises and the working practices of its people are entirely interdependent and inefficiency or waste in one area will inevitably affect the others.
To view Malcolm’s full article see www.egi.co.uk/news/780547.nw
by Andy Slaney
Director at Provelio
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