Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust Estate Strategy

BaS LIFT has been working with Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust (BCHC) since 2011 as its Strategic Estates Partner, helping the Trust take key estates decisions to support delivery of its Integrated Business Plan. Work has included mapping its estate and service delivery, utilisation studies and formalising its rationalisation plan. The approach to all estates starts with clinical need and the work for BCHC was no exception. Having reviewed the Trust’s existing estate, clinical strategy and business plan, the team prepared a comprehensive five-year estates strategy to support transformation of service delivery, identify efficiencies and prepare the Trust for the transfer of PCT estates in 2013. Work has included mapping its estate and service delivery, utilisation studies and formalising its rationalisation plan.

BaS LIFT’s considerable knowledge of the healthcare sector and experienced team including dedicated healthcare planners, means BCHC is actively moving towards utilising its estate in the most efficient way, whilst providing exemplary care for service users in the region.

Achieving clinical and estates excellence

BaS LIFT’s understanding of service modelling and operational requirements has helped the Trust to identify potential savings within the estate and develop new facilities. This included supporting the Trust in its application for Department of Health Funding for investment in dementia friendly accommodation.

Moving forward the team is helping BCHC deliver a physical environment that matches its service aspirations. Estates reconfiguration and rationalisation has (up to March 2014) already produced savings of £2.25m, reducing capital expenditure while increasing efficiency and productivity. In addition, work on the new Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry will see facilities for patients, staff and students strengthened further when completed in 2015.