Westminster Health Forum

Key issues for NHS estates: funding, planning and policy

Morning, Thursday, 24th January 2019

Central London


This timely seminar will be an opportunity to discuss the key issues for NHS estates - looking at the future for funding, planning and policy.

The seminar will discuss the next steps for promoting efficiencies in the management of NHS estates, in light of the Prime Minister’s call in her speech on the future of the NHS for better use of capital investment to modernise buildings.

Delegates will also assess further priorities for utilising investment in the estate, as the Government announces funding of £760 million to transform NHS buildings - as well as Project Phoenix and the potential role of private finance, public-private partnerships, and the Estates and Technology Transformation Fund.

Further sessions consider the progress of implementing the Government response to the Naylor Review on NHS property and estates, which supported the development of local estate plans and looked to set out a strategic approach to key areas of the review by setting up the NHS Property Board - as well as providing additional funding and reassuring NHS organisations that retained receipts from land sales can be reinvested in the NHS estate.

Attendees will also assess the priorities for the implementation of the Government Estate Strategy - Better Estate, Better Services, Better Government, which supported findings from the Naylor Review and set out plans to make the most efficient use of government property. 

There will also be discussion on the development of initiatives such as the ‘Homes for Nurses’ scheme, which aims to give 3,000 NHS workers first refusal on affordable housing generated through the sale of surplus NHS land and the next steps for future collaborations between local authorities, housing associations and the NHS. 

Guest of Honour

Sir Robert Naylor

Author, NHS Property and Estates Review

Guest of Honour

Sir Robert Naylor

Author, NHS Property and Estates Review

Keynote Speakers

Dr Sue O’Connell

Chief Executive, Community Health Partnerships

Elaine Hewitt

Chief Executive, NHS Property Services

Simon Corben

Director and Head of Profession, NHS Estates and Facilities, NHS Improvement


Rt Hon the Lord Bradley

Non-Executive Director, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

Peter Aldous MP


Senior speaker confirmed from Reform

Senior speaker confirmed from Health Estates and Facilities Management Association

Brian Reynolds

Programme Director, One Public Estate, Local Government Association

Ian Biggs

Programme Director, Primary Care Workforce and Infrastructure Programme, NHS England

Dr Colin Davidson

Clinical Chair, East Dorset, NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group

Edwina Farrell

Partner, Weightmans

Senior speaker confirmed from The LIFT Council