22 August 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust (TSDFT) has announced that it will be entering into a 50:50 strategic estates partnership and joint venture with Health Innovation Partners to support its estates strategy.
The flexible, non-exclusive partnership is for an initial period of 15 years and follows a "public procurement and competitive dialogue process".
This joint venture approach allows the trust and care model partners to draw on the commercial expertise of Health Innovation Partners and its parent companies Arcadis and Morgan Sindall Investments.
The trust and its partners and stakeholders will be working together to review, plan and develop the estate in line with modern health care delivery practices, as well as current and projected future health and care needs. The partnership will also help to broker affordable solutions, reduce costs and maximise revenue, which can be reinvested into healthcare delivery.
Most of the trust's sites and healthcare buildings were developed to support people's healthcare needs several decades ago, and many of them are now unsuitable for modern needs in terms of their access, size and flexible delivery spaces.
Initially the partnership will prioritise the provision of new build health and wellbeing Centres in Dartmouth and in Teignmouth and the much needed development of a new emergency department on the Torbay Hospital site.
It will shortly agree to its longer-term plans, which will include further development of new community facilities and investment in the Torbay Hospital site.
Lesley Darke, executive director of estates and commercial development at TSDFT, said the partnership will provide additional expertise and resources "so that we can forge ahead with bringing our estate up to date for the benefit of the people we serve".
Peter Cox, head of strategic health partnerships at Morgan Sindall Investments, said: "Flexible long-term partnerships of this nature are an excellent vehicle for NHS Trusts to unlock value and deliver long-term efficiencies to support front-line health care needs."