5001 - NHS: Buildings (Answered)

Rebecca Long Bailey
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to Making the most of NHS Buildings and Land, what steps he is taking to ensure that NHS Property Services and Community Health Partnerships accommodate integration and more community provision while providing a more efficient estate.

George Freeman

My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State is keen to support commissioners in the development of strategic estates plans, which are seen as key to supporting greater efficiency and the delivery of new models of care as outlined in the Five Year Forward View. NHS Property Services Ltd and Community Health Partnerships have been enlisted by NHS England and the Department to support commissioners in the delivery of this initiative, for which integration, innovation and community solutions will be critical factors.

The core principles are outlined in the guidance NHS-estates strategies – a framework for commissioners published last month and currently available on www.gov.uk. The companies have published Making the most of NHS Buildings and Land in addition to the Departmental guidance.