The annual HFS Scottish Healthcare Conference 2011, focussing this year on ‘Facilities: Supporting Scotland’s Health’, was opened by Mike Baxter, Deputy Director of Capital Planning and Asset Management for the Scottish Government Health Directorates. He spoke about the importance of high quality facilities in providing efficient and innovative services, highlighting the opportunity presented by Healthcare Quality Strategy’s emphasis on care being provided in “appropriate” environments. This direct link between healthcare policy and facilities provides a strong policy platform for all those involved in estates improvement and also describes the challenge; requiring us to eradicate the variation that exists in facilities, learning from the best Scotland has delivered in terms of buildings and landscapes for health.
The challenge of doing this was not underestimated, and the skills of all involved were called to focus on making the most of the facilities and assets available and getting the maximum impact from investment both in terms of the quality of the health services such facilities support, and their productivity and efficiency. He stressed that demonstrating the likely impact of proposed investment, and the actual impact of delivered projects, will be subject to increased scrutiny in the business case process. However support is also in place for Boards in responding to this challenge through the partnership approach being developed across health boards and agencies around procurement, sustainability, and design quality with Boards being able to call upon colleagues at SGHD, HFS, SFT and A&DS to assist.
Mike then praised the volume of accurate, detailed information and data that has been collected through Board’s work on PAMS; emphasising the importance of such information in arguing for investment rescources, as part of the drive towards evidence based for the NHSScotland State of the Estate report, which will be released shortly, and also stressed the need for this to be continually updated to inform strategic decisions in the future.
Paul Kingsmore, Director of HFS, then presented the annual NHSScotland Environment, Estates and Facilities Awards.
- The Design Award and the overall Paul Taylor Award were presented to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde for the West Centre, , with a commendation given to NHS Highlands for Migdale Hospital.
- The Energy and Environment award went to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde for their programme of sustainability and good corporate citizenship, and the field was acknowledged as very strong, with high quality submissions from NHS Fife, NHS Dumfries and Galloway and NHS Ayrshire and Arran receiving special commendations.
- The Facilities Innovation Award was presented to NHS Tayside and the Ninewells Hospital, for its partnership approach to improving access and integration of its outdoor space and connections to the wider environment and local green space.
Congratulations to all those involved!