HEFMA SW branch praised for collaborative working

This month (April 2018), Eastwood Park was delighted to welcome over 40 HEFMA SW branch members to the latest in the series of HEFMA training seminars entitled Collaboration is King.

Director, and Head of Profession, NHS Estates & Facilities, NHS Improvements (NHSi), Simon Corben, praised HEFMA SW, as pioneers of collaboration. “Your sharing of information and progress in working together provides a common voice and therefore a stronger message across the country.  We need to look at ways of spreading these pockets of good work countrywide and retaining this momentum to help test conversations at the highest level.”

Simon recognised addressing E&FM requirements, and that we were at the start of a journey, but that he was endeavouring to put simplicity back into the system, working on guidance that can be scaled up to  provide real benefits.  Among many of his messages, the impact of population growth of NHS patients needed to be recognised in E&FM, in the way it is on clinical services, this should be part of a national and local conversation.  He encouraged Trusts to invest in backlog maintenance and for those who were not already part of the Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) to get involved as this is where future funding will be coming from: “There is a need to make serious changes by 2022. For the first time we are in a position to outline the level of investment and hospital design for the next 15-20 years in front of senior ministers and the Prime Minister.”

The audience heard how important people are in the future of E&FM functions from Director & Operational Lead, NHSi Estates & Facilities, Cliff Howell, and how we need to lose the term ‘back office’ function. He addressed the need to invest in training and development to underpin the continued professionalisation of the E&FM workforce, including new roles and career paths.

Eastwood Park’s CEO, John Thatcher, was invited to speak about the development work Eastwood Park is undertaking on creating a Trailblazer group and a Level 6 E&FM apprenticeship: “Once developed this will be available in the public domain and will be a big step forward moving E&FM away from what has always been seen as a ‘Cinderella’ service and develop a recognised career structure.”

Delegates listened with interest about developments into the past two years work by Director of Estates and Facilities for University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, Dr Stuart Windsor on the use, analysis and interpretation of ERIC data. His detailed review and comparisons on what the data is actually telling us highlighted opportunities for similar approaches in other areas and the continued sharing of good practice. Deputy Director of Estates & Facilities, 2gether NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of SW, Adrian Eggleton, addressed Community and Mental Health Model Hospital and how we can use the information it provides to really improve productivity and performance.  Simon Rigby, Associate Director of Estates & Facilities, Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust shared the work being undertaken regarding the development of a balanced score card for estate maintenance.