Chairman's Blog: Another year older, another year wiser…

Yesterday marked the 72nd birthday of the #NHS. 2020 has been the most challenging year in NHS history and we have all learnt a great deal over the past three months or so. This year, the birthday is an opportunity to reflect, remember and give thanks. From the bottom of my heart and the whole team at gbp, thank you to everyone who has helped the NHS respond to coronavirus so far. Also, thank you to our amazing staff, partners, key workers and the public.


It’s fair to say that the last four months have been very challenging for us all. gbpartnerships and our LIFT partners have been working to support NHS clients in responding to the challenges brought about by Covid-19, and will continue to do so, as we come out of lockdown and face a new set of challenges.

In many areas across the UK, work in response to Covid-19 has proven how flexible and accommodating existing LIFT buildings are. The works at South Liverpool Treatment Centre, to quickly turn it into a Covid-19 HOT Hub demonstrates this point well. You can read more about the works at SLTC here.


We’ve also been having discussions around bigger questions that the pandemic has posed. On that theme, at the end of June, we hosted two virtual roundtable meetings to discuss ‘the new normal’ being brought about by Covid-19; what it means to you and your organisation, the questions and challenges you are facing and need support with, and the ideas and solutions you are implementing that could help other partners across the health sector. A full report from the meetings will be published in the coming weeks, so watch this space. As we look ahead to the second half of 2020, I remain optimistic that we can face the challenges and opportunities brought to us by Covid-19. The government's 'New Deal' announced last week increased my optimism - putting jobs and infrastructure at the heart of its economic growth strategy - with a big element of the deal focused on healthcare. But to make the most of this learning opportunity that the virus has brought us, we need to continue to work together. Our track record at gbpartnerships has demonstrated time and time again, that we can deliver major projects for healthcare and local government organisations, from strategic review and concept design, through to delivery on time and within budget – delivering positive outcomes for the system. If you would like advice, support, or guidance on any areas of your work, please contact me or a member of the gbp team: enquiries@gbpartnerships.co.uk


Paul Ferry Executive Chairman gbpartnerships #bettersolutionsthroughcollaboration






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