NHS Open Space, a service launched by NHS Property Services (NHSPS) in 2019, has announced that it will be expanding its property portfolio.
The scheme will now offer 950 spaces across 150 sites in England, spanning all seven of its regions.
The expansion supports NHSPS in its mission to maximise the health and wellbeing services on offer in local communities across the country. With a wider range of health, wellbeing and community services using local health hubs, the services group said it would also be able to optimise the use of NHS space, while bringing much-needed money back into the healthcare system.
Christopher King, principal strategic asset manager at NHSPS, said: “We have seen more than 950,000 hours of care provided to patients across England with this scheme, showing just how vital a range of services are to local communities. From counselling and physiotherapy to vaccine administration, we hope to enable excellent patient care and deliver on the long-term plan through our spaces.”
NHSPS will continue to expand NHS Open Space, allowing health and wellbeing providers and business owners the flexibility to hire clinical and non-clinical spaces within its sites. With more than 160,000 bookings already received through the scheme, this latest expansion comes after the launch of a new online booking system developed in line with customer feedback.