Pioneering work to build new health facilities in Newham in line for award


Pioneering work to build new health facilities in Newham in line for award

A ground-breaking £200million initiative to build new health and care centres, GP practices and homes across Newham has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award. 

Health and Care Space Newham (HCSN) – the first joint venture of its kind in the country – will see an innovative finance model used to develop and build 28,000 square metres of new facilities and provide much-needed housing for the borough’s public sector staff. 

Developed in partnership by NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Newham Council and East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT), the company will plan and deliver new health facilities that offer GP services alongside a range of community health, social care, out of hospital, and a variety of clinical services. 

In doing so, it will change the way health and social care services are delivered in Newham. 

The project has now been announced as a finalist in the Health and Local Government Partnership Award category at the HSJ Awards 2019. These national, annual awards recognise and reward outstanding work in health in the UK. 

Jason Kelder, Estates Project Lead for NHS Newham CCG, said: “We are delighted that our innovation in Newham has been recognised by the HSJ. The planned development covers investment until 2035 and will build four new state of the art health and wellbeing hubs, eight new practices and at least 180 affordable homes for keyworkers. GPs will occupy 70 per cent of the final medical estate and over 410,000 registered patients will benefit. 

“The project operates a unique, collaborative financial model that will also provide new income streams through affordable rental income and large efficiency savings. These will be recirculated into the local healthcare system, with partners and staff benefiting from affordable lower rents at the same time.” 

Councillor Susan Masters, Newham Council’s Cabinet member for adults and health, said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award. Health and Care Space Newham is a fantastic example of what can be achieved when council and health providers work together. It’s a ground-breaking and innovative scheme that brings together a wide range of services and supports our promise to put people at the heart of everything we do.”

Dr Mohit Venkataram, Executive Director of Commercial Development at ELFT, said: "At ELFT, we are always pleased and excited to do something different to improve the support and care of people who use our services.

“Being shortlisted by the HSJ is great news as it recognises this pioneering approach to creating modern fit-for-purpose premises, built and owned by the community."

The winners of the HSJ Awards will be announced in London on 6 November.