The NHS Estates Team at NHS England and Improvement has grown exponentially over the last two years, our key bases are Leeds, London, Birmingham, with various other locations regionally.

This is an exciting time within the Estates and Facilities with substantial capital investment into the estates as part of the NHS Long term Plan and Manifesto commitments. The focus on the estates has never been higher.

As part of this recruitment process we have a number of vacancies available within this existing diverse and dynamic team.

Estates and Facilities Team

The Estates team is structured to drive through all aspects of estates and facilities function from national, regional and local level with diverse estates and facilities management skills.

National – There are number key areas policy, operations, sustainability, capital & commercial, workforce, strategy and delivery.

Regional & Local – We have teams based in each of the 7 regions led by regional Delivery Directors who work with their local healthcare systems.

The key Objectives of the Team

The aim is to ensure the provision of a clean, safe and suitable estate and patient environment within the healthcare system. In relation to Estate matters, the Team’s key responsibility is to design the system strategy, set policy, ensure system wide delivery and accountability to parliament. We support NHS to deliver efficient and effective Estates and Facilities Management and strategic functions and services.

It is a significant area of accountability with a number of institutional relationships, with some rooted in statutory and other requirements of the new system; in particular:

  • The NHS Constitution England (2015) Patient and Public right ‘…You have the right to be cared for in a clean, safe, secure and suitable environment’.
  • Statutory healthcare regulations requirement that, ‘…service users are protected against the risks associated with unsafe and unsuitable premises’.
  • Productivity and Efficiency in relation to the Lord Carter Estates Facilities Management Recommendations for the NHS
  • Delivery of Health Infrastructure Plan (HIP)
  • STP wave 1 to 4 capital allocations
  • Delivery of 1.5bn accelerated capital delivery on eradication of mental health dorms, A&E capacity, critical infrastructure risk and acceleration of HIP.

The Estates team are looking for number of positions ranging from Fire Officer, Cost Advisors, Engineering, Architects through to Project Manager through to Strategic Estates Leads.

Strategic Estates Lead

The aim of the role of Strategic Estate Lead (SEL) is to deliver high quality operational estates and facilities strategic advice and support across the NHS, facilitating NHS Trusts and STPs/ICSs to create better healthcare environments and generate cost efficiencies that will benefit clinicians, patients and the wider health economy.

This is a regional role in the Estates Delivery Team, covering the South East of England, although there will also be the need to support national programmes and initiatives. It is a challenging and diverse role working across the healthcare, social care and wider public-sector system as part of an independent strategic estates advisory and support function.

SELs will be partnering with senior stakeholders in NHS Trusts and STP/ICSs to support delivery of the NHS England Five Year Forward View (FYFV) by developing estates strategies and programmes which empower the transformation of care and are clearly linked to other infrastructure enablers. Critical skills in stakeholder management, thorough knowledge of the NHS and estates and facilities operational issues, oversight of capital project delivery, commercial awareness and programme and project management are required to be most successful.

This is a results focused role, which requires a full understanding of national health policy objectives to ensure that consequential benefits in efficiency, a safe hospital environment, management and mitigation of backlog maintenance and Critical Infrastructure Risk, surplus land release, capital receipts and new housing targets are achieved.

The Estates function provides impartial advice across the wider NHS system, regardless of property ownership, advising a full range of stakeholders including Commissioners and Providers in relation to a broad range of estate and facilities operational issues, optimisation, rationalisation, acquisition, disposal, and lease restructuring opportunities.

Interview – 10 Minute Presentation: What are the challenges and risks facing the estates and facilities function within NHS Trusts at this time and how can they be managed?

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name: Jeremy Smith

Job title: Regional Delivery Director

Email address: [email protected]