Westminster Health Forum

Key issues for optimising the NHS estate: funding, planning and development, and policy in the new parliament

TO BE PUBLISHED February 2020

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

The seminar comes with these issues at the forefront of political debate, as the sector, politicians and government officials look ahead to policy in the new parliament.

Speakers and chairs

The agenda includes 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 include: Ellen Vernon, One Public Estate, Local Government Association; Robert White, Health Value for Money Audit, National Audit Office; Patrick Lowther, Assura; Wayne Ashton, Eric Wright Group; James Atkins, Bevan Brittan; John Cooper, John Cooper Architecture; Nick Smailes, Modern Energy Partners and Kerry Harding, Mid & South Essex CCGs.

The chairs are Baroness Cavendish, Columnist, Financial Times and Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School and Karin Smyth have agreed to chair sessions at the seminar.

The agenda

  • Key issues and progress since the Review;
  • The future for public-private partnerships;
  • Optimising the NHS estate: improving utilisation, development, and disposals; and
  • 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:

Policymakers attending

Westminster Health Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places from: the Cabinet Office; Crown Commercial Service; DHSC; HM Treasury; HSE; MHCLG; NAO; Office of Government Property and the Valuation Office Agency.

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