Strategic Estates Planning

Organisations that want to ensure their physical assets are able to respond to their local service requirements need to undertake Strategic Infrastructure Planning. Effective strategic infrastructure planning involves:

  • Collecting accurate estate information – Where are you now?
  • Developing future service requirements – Where do you want to be?
  • Assessing the ‘gaps’ – What needs to happen?
  • Implementation planning – How do we get there?

By adopting this approach the physical infrastructure can become an enabler to improved service delivery and estate optimisation and in the process contribute to reducing the overall estate running costs. Strategic infrastructure planning can take many forms, from locally focused projects to whole systems planning. Here are just a few examples of where we have undertaken strategic infrastructure planning:

Liverpool PCT – Clinical Infrastructure Modelling
We developed a clinical infrastructure model with the PCT that responds to their requirement to provide services closer to patient’s homes. It involved identifying different levels of service and determining where best these should be provided from. The model has been implemented and has contributed to improving accessibility to local health services and to improving the quality of the estate.

NHS Coventry – Strategic Implementation Plan: Estates
Working with NHS Coventry we developed an implementation plan that supported their requirements to optimise the NHS Estate across Coventry. The plan set out a framework for the future of primary and community services across the City. It recommended a clinical infrastructure model that saw care settings move closer to patients as well as identifying estate optimisation opportunities.

South East Essex PCT – Strategic Service Development Plan (SSDP)
The PCT required a response to  its Commissioning Strategic Plan (CSP) in the form of a Strategic Service Development Plan (SSDP). The plan responded to the service outputs and provided an estate solution in the form of an implementation plan.

NHS Barnet – Asset Utilisation Plan
This strategy set out step change in the use of NHS estate assets to ensure they were in the right location, of the right quality and supported the local health needs. It also set out how the PCT would manage and operate its estate assets in the future.

NHS Barnet - South Barnet GP Cluster Estate Strategy
This strategy set out in more detail how the primary care estate should be configured in the future based on the clinical needs and the future increases in the local population.

NHS Hampshire – Service Planning And Capacity Evaluation Review
This review involved working with the PCT commissioners and service providers across Hampshire, Southampton and Portsmouth to support their QIPP estate rationalisation programme. Our Service Planning And Capacity Evaluation (SPACE) process provides the local health economy with the ability to visualise how it currently operates its infrastructure, to run future service scenarios and to identify a significant number of opportunities that could support the QIPP programme. The review identified a number of optimisation opportunities which once implemented could significantly contribute to the overall QIPP programme.


North West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Association – Mid Sussex Services and Estate Development Strategy
This strategy document was developed in conjunction with the newly formed CCG in order to respond to their emerging clinical commissioning plans. The plan brought together their commissioning intentions and identified the future estate responses.

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