Westminster Health Forum

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Key issues for optimising the NHS estate: funding, planning and development, and policy priorities for the new government

February 2020

This conference was a timely opportunity to discuss the key issues for optimising the NHS estate.

It took place in the context of the policy focus by the new government on investment in the NHS, including:

  • Pledges to build 40 more hospitals;
  • The Health Infrastructure Plan: a new, strategic approach to improving our hospitals and health infrastructure, which announced an additional investment of £2.8bn capital funding for hospital infrastructure and committed to a multi-year settlement for DHSC at the next capital review; as well as
  • Sir Robert Naylor’s review into NHS property and estates: why the estate matters for patients and the government’s response.

There were keynote contributions from Sir Robert Naylor, Author, NHS Property and Estates Review; Dr Sue O’Connell, Chief Executive, Community Health Partnerships and John Westwood, Director of Asset Management, NHS Property Services.

Further speakers included: Robert WhiteHealth Value for Money Audit, National Audit OfficeClaudia MartinezReformPatrick LowtherAssuraWayne AshtonEric Wright GroupJames AtkinsBevan BrittanJohn CooperJohn Cooper ArchitectureKerry HardingMid & South Essex CCGs and Simon Lovegrove, M Health.

The chairs were Karin Smyth MP and Ellen Vernon, Programme Director, One Public Estate, Local Government Association.

The agenda

  • Key issues and progress since the Review;
  • The future for public-private partnerships;
  • Optimising the NHS estate: improving utilisation, development, and disposals;
  • Next steps for policy;
  • Funding the estate - property disposals, the role of private finance, and the impact of additional government funding; and
  • Planning and delivering infrastructure developments - regional variation, utilising technology, and estate strategies.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Health Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates