NHS Property 2022

Smarter Better Greener

Tuesday 15th November 2022

One Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA

Conference Agenda

Tuesday 15th November 2022, One Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA

We are delighted to announce that the NHS Property conference is back for it’s 11th year again at the beautiful One Great George Street venue in Westminster (The Institute of Civil Engineers). The focus for this year will be how property and estates functions can work towards a Better, Smarter and Greener NHS. Circa 150 NHS property professionals will meet on the 15th November for a day of learning, discussions and networking featuring speakers from event partners NHS Property Services and Community Health Partnerships along with the wider public sector and expert service providers from the private sector.

Delegate places are free of charge for all property professionals employed within the UK public sector*. Places will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and must be booked in advance.

Subject matters to be covered include:

  • The four pillars of NHS property management
  • Integrated Care Systems – challenges, opportunities and how estates can support
  • Community Wealth – putting your buildings at the heart of the community
  • NHS Estates and the Solar PV challenge! – Join this informative session with Absolute Solar and Wind (an RSK company) to explore the opportunities and challenges faced by NHS estates on renewables retrofit, with an overview of the issues, solutions, and lessons learned, using NHS case studies to help facilitate the drive towards that Net Zero target!
  • Adapting the ICU model to Provide Flexible, Innovative and Personalised Care in a Post-Pandemic Society – At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, healthcare Trusts were stretched to capacity, utilising existing Intensive Care Units (ICU) and general wards to treat severely ill patients in respiratory distress. Current design guidance and healthcare infrastructure has had to accommodate these new needs, with little flexibility within the current system to cope. However, the facilities and clinical teams have confronted this challenge, doing a crucial job brilliantly whilst in difficult circumstances. Objectives The pandemic has raised three issues; why are ICU facilities inflexible, a major problem pre-pandemic but compounded by the last 18 months? How can medical advancements still be achieved while addressing the backlog of patient referrals and outpatient procedures? Finally, how fit-for-purpose is our current design guidance legislation? Concentrating on the ICU model, we will question how flexible it can be to meet future patient requirements, including personalised medicine, while maintaining effective isolation within intensive care. Methodology Current ICU designs will be evaluated, and hypothetical clinical models for care will be developed for testing and investigation. These are later analysed for suitability, effectiveness and versatility, at clinical and patient level. All findings will inform recommendations for changes to design guidance. Conclusion This paper seeks to examine what can be achieved while working outside the constraints of the current clinical model and design guidance. With flexibility at its core, can the current ICU clinical design be updated to allow for the needs of current and future requirements?
  • Road Map to Building Resilience –NHS Property Services recognise the need to ensure resilience of our estate against the change in climate that is already occurring. We are developing an approach that will ensure Adaptation, Biodiversity and Net-Zero Carbon are all considered as we transition our estate, while also keeping our customers at the heart of what we do.
  • Working with the Health Creation Alliance to understand how the use of space can tackle health inequalities – Key findings from a new piece of research by NHSPS and Health Creation Alliance, looking into how NHS spaces can help or hinder the ability of underserved community groups to create health
  • The Impact of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and Decarbonisation on Estate Strategy – What you need to know now, for the future – With the NHS aiming to be net zero (for controlled emissions) by 2040, we bring together specialists from Montagu Evans and Gleeds to discuss how decisions you make today around disposing, acquiring or re-using buildings can have a knock-on effect – both on your future emissions and your bottom line.
  • 2023 Business Rates Revaluation – The Financial Impact for the NHS – This session will focus on the likely increase in both Rateable Values and business rates charges for the NHS from 1/4/2023 and how actions to mitigate your business rates liability NOW will ensure the lowest possible rate charges going into the 2023 Revaluation cycle. This update will also provide details on the impending obligation for occupiers to submit annual returns to the Valuation Office regarding any property changes.
  • Hybrid & Hubs – The Evolving Landscape of Public Sector Estates – Join NHS and wider public sector colleagues to hear their experience of hybrid working. The Matrix Booking “Hybrid and Hubs” Series focuses on the changing world of hybrid working and hybrid estates, looking at the Home vs Office and Private Estate vs Hub Estate decisions facing organisations. The series combines online and offline sessions with workplace and technical professionals sharing the challenges, opportunities, techniques and technologies used to plan and provide the right work settings in the right places for staff in this fast-changing industry. The session will provide valuable, first-hand insight into how organisations are adapting to the new ways of working and addressing some of the challenges they present to organisations and to their staff.
  • Smarter working – the new normal?
  • Energy efficiency – driving best value from energy saving projects and the suppliers delivering them – With many Healthcare Estates braced for an eye-watering £2 million-a-month increase in energy bills, the need to deliver successful energy saving schemes is a must. But how? Accessing the right expertise, at the right time, is critical. In this case study led presentation, EEVS Managing Director, Ian Jeffries, shares his experiences acting as independent advisor and savings verifier for a number of NHS Trusts and FTSE-100 firms; helping set them up for success and ensuring that they pay for proven, EEVS-verified savings – not unchecked supplier claims
  • Work Smarter: How to fund projects when you don’t have the capital – In the context of the government tightening purse strings for NHS capital schemes, there are likely to be plenty of priority projects across the NHS without a capital funding allocation over coming months and years. NHS Trusts, Systems and GPs are continuing to innovate in partnership with the private sector and other public bodies to solve this problem.
    In this session we will explore gbpartnerships’ current examples of the commercial models being used to deliver multi-million pound projects. We’ll look at sources of funding, lease structures, asset interests, the key players involved, procurement, the business case and their application in the context of Integrated Care Systems.
    This session is must for any capital projects or finance lead focussed on delivering unfunded new schemes.

Please note agenda will be updated regularly, speakers, subject matter and timings may be subject to change

Plenary Speakers

Tuesday 15th November 2022, One Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA

Conference Chair: Nick Macdonald-Smith, Principal Energy and Environment Programme Officer, NHS Property Services

Nick has been working in energy efficiency and sustainability in the built environment for the last 13 years both in consulting and in-house roles across engineering to property management organisations. He has been an accredited Energy Performance Certificate Assessor as well as a BREEAM Commercial Assessor in the past, and has managed portfolio wide certification programs for EPCs/DECs, Air Conditioning Assessments, BREEAM Certification and other mandatory and non-mandatory reporting requirements.

Nick is aware of the need to maximise the potential of the data we gather every day, but do not necessarily capture and analyse. The rise of Big Data and data analytics in the built environment is allowing better understanding of energy use and where the opportunities to drive large savings are in a large and diverse estate.

Andrew Strange, Regional Partnership Director – Midlands, NHS Property Services

Andrew (MRTPI) is a town planning expert who has transferred their skills to lead property strategy work at NHS Property Services (NHSPS).

Previous roles include town planning in local government and NHS estate, and as Regional Director of a built environment consultancy. He has been involved in the disposal of much surplus NHS estate across the country, including major developed green belt sites and former institutions, and major investment proposals including residential, mixed use and healthcare schemes.

At NHSPS his role of Regional Partnership Director for the Midlands consists of him seeking to facilitate the effective, efficient, economic use of our buildings to support NHS service delivery for the benefit of patients, carers and staff. He works across the 11 Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships and Integrated Care Systems in the Midlands, including with NHS commissioners and NHS and other provider organisations, and works to deliver savings and identify investment priorities across the NHSPS portfolio.

James Bawn, Strategic Business Development Director, Community Health Partnerships

James has over 18 years’ experience working across healthcare systems covering service planning, estates planning and delivery, and transformational change. He leads CHP’s Partnering & Engagement team across England.

He has led a major Public Private Partnership (PPP) project through procurement to financial close, securing finance funding of over £60 million for a number of standalone, multi-use, primary, community and mental health new builds.

James also leads the CHP team supporting the NHS to deliver its Primary Care Data Gathering programme and is developing an integration programme aimed at supporting health, social care and local communities in using its core estate to meet local population needs through a co-located and collaborative approach.

Nicola Theron

Nicola Theron, Director of Estates at North Central London Integrated Care System

Nicola’s role brings senior estates capacity to accelerate the estates workstream and give further priority to the profile of estate within the emerging ICS, to deliver improved health and care outcomes and support the ICS achieve both financial balance and transformational change.  The focus of the role is to work collaboratively with estate leads in providers, CCG, PCNs, Councils, and other partners, to innovate, share best practice and maximise sharing of resources across
organisations in North London, with a focus on estates delivery, efficiency, the health equity and net zero agendas.

She is a Chartered Surveyor by training, having worked extensively in the private and public sector, with the last 14 years spent working in the NHS. In her previous role, she was CEO of a public private partnership in the NHS and led on the delivery of 10 health centres totalling 500,000 sq. ft of integrated community hubs. She was recently on the board of a national charity, Polka Theatre, who are delivering a major capital project within the arts sector.

Matt Bailey, Director, Matrix Booking Ltd.

Providing Room and Desk Booking solutions to hundreds of Public Sector, NHS and Government organisations across the UK for over a decade, Matrix Booking are one of the most well-established booking providers on the market, supported by a team of exerts dedicated to effective resource management.

Matt joined the Matrix Booking team earlier this year to lead sales efforts in the organisation, and with Matrix Booking being a leading provider of resource management software to the NHS estate, is uniquely positioned to help NHS organisations begin to understand how to maximise the opportunities that hybrid working has generated.

Session Speakers

Tuesday 15th November 2022, One Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA

Rhys Davies, Senior Director – Head of Building Surveying, Gleeds

Rhys is a Senior Director at Gleeds and is at the forefront of driving the retrofit and decarbonisation agendas. Rhys oversees the delivery of retrofit works and decarbonisation reporting programmes throughout the UK, taking a best practice and innovation-led approach.”

Mark Fazzini, Manager, Absolute Solar and Wind (an RSK company)

Mark has been involved in the Solar PV industry since its inception in the UK in 2010., owning his own solar business specialising in Commercial and Agricultural solar projects. Since then, he was Head of Energy UK for Campbell & Kennedy Ltd, overseeing both Sales and Operations. Mark joined Absolute in 2018, and as a key part of his remit, has specialised in the Education and Health Sectors – securing business with Universities, School Academy Trusts, NHS and Health boards. Mark has gained a solid understanding of the processes and delivery of Health sector renewables, on both ground mount and rooftop projects.

Rhea Horlock, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, NHS Property Services

Rhea joined NHS Property Services in 2019, supporting the business on a range of cross-functional CSR programmes to help the NHS deliver on its Long Term Plan. Rhea has responsibility for creating social and environmental impact at NHSPS, including through the development of social prescribing hubs and improving estate accessibility. Prior to working within the NHS, Rhea worked on corporate responsibility and sustainability initiatives at Royal Mail and O2.

Ian Jeffries, Managing Director, EEVS

Ian is Managing Director of EEVS, the UK’s leading independent performance verifier for energy efficiency schemes. He brings 20+ years’ experience spanning public policy, real estate, performance analytics and, with EEVS, energy efficiency assurance services.

A successful innovator, in 2011 he devised and launched EEVS advisory and due diligence services for Energy Performance Contracts, as well as respected market research report, Energy Efficiency Trends, produced in association with Bloomberg. In 2015 he innovated EEVS’ estate-wide performance assurance model, now used by leading corporate businesses Lloyds Banking Group, Vodafone and Royal Mail in relation to their largest outsourced energy saving contracts.

Andrew McGown, Solar PV Director, Absolute Solar and Wind (an RSK company)

Andrew has been running the Solar PV department for Absolute since Oct 2013. Prior to this, he started his solar career in Australia where he worked for Clear Solar. Within 9 months, he was an integral part of a team that saw sales rise from $3million to $100million. Andrew has a wealth of knowledge and understanding of all technical and commercial aspects of the UK Solar PV market and has worked with various operators and sectors from retrofit through to new build. In his tenure at Absolute, it has seen annual sales increase from around £4million to £25million-£30million.

Claire Paraskeva, Principal and Public Sector Lead, National Business Rates, Avison Young

Claire is a Principal and public sector lead in the National Business Rates Team at Avison Young. Claire’s specialist expertise lies in the rating valuation of complex public sector properties and pioneering initiatives which have realised over £1bn in business rates savings for her clients. Having spent over 25 years working with Local Authorities, Police, Fire and NHS Trusts throughout the UK, Claire is acutely aware of how to mitigate business rates charges by reflecting extent of occupation and specialist use. She has pursued Test Cases through the Courts to establish new rating valuation principles and has successfully negotiated national revised valuation bases for the 2017 Rating List for NHS Hospitals, Health Centres, Police and Fire Stations and Schools, among others.

Hugh Robinson, Business Development Director, gbPartnerships Group

Hugh has over 17 years’ experience of structuring proposals for projects utilising Public Private Partnership (PPP), private finance and joint ventures models. Hugh has created successful solutions for clients and partners across a wide range of sectors, with his projects ultimately delivering new health buildings, housing, schools, civic offices and a host of other social infrastructure.

Jenny Rydon, Partner – Strategic Advisory, Montagu Evans

Jenny specialises in development and estate strategy bringing an organisational, economic and social perspective when helping clients address their property challenges. With extensive experience, Jenny is able to navigate the often complex public sector stakeholder environment and approval processes to deliver successful results.

Bhavini Shah, Partner – Healthcare, Montagu Evans

Bhavini specialises in Healthcare and NHS Assets. Bhavini has extensive experience in advising NHS bodies and stakeholders on a variety of matters, including land valuation, strategic estate matters, NHS business cases, land disposal and acquisition and general development consultancy.

Emma Smyth, Associate Director and Architect, HDS Architects

Emma is an ambitious, highly motivated Architect with a specialist and detailed knowledge of Healthcare design. She enjoys working with public sector buildings, and thoroughly enjoys the challenge of working within existing, often live hospital environments to create compliant spaces, with patient and staff needs at their core.

Working principally on Healthcare design projects, Emma has developed strong consultation, interpretation and architectural skills that provide sound footings for successful design projects. She can understand and develop the needs of clinical user groups, both spatially, technically and architecturally, whilst ensuring healthcare standards are adhered to. Ensuring that the building not only meets the needs and expectations of the client, but is also of high architectural design quality, is of paramount importance to her.

Emma is continuously pushing future development within Healthcare design, dedicating a portion of her time to research on Precision Medicine and its impact on the future design of hospitals. This original research is paving the way for new design considerations and a change in the hospital model. She believes proactivity will drive success within the Healthcare sector. She also demonstrates knowledgeable capacity within the design and approvals process, ensuring that project briefs, design standards and drawings are fully approved. Emma believes in quality and suitable design, believing that specification and appropriate material selection is crucial to the delivery of a successful project.

Simon Waters, Regional Director – South, Community Health Partnerships

Simon is the Southern Regional Director for Community Health Partnerships, responsible for regional strategic engagement and stakeholder management across multiple health economies within the region. As part of this role, he is a Board Director on 8 specialist health and social care Public Private Partnerships, managing a £200m regional investment portfolio comprising of 27 facilities in the primary care, community, and mental health sectors.

Starting from his original career in construction management, Simon has over 25 years’ experience leading on the design, build, finance, and operation of estates infrastructure, with specialist experience in the healthcare sector. He is CHP’s national lead for Corporate Social Responsibility, developing policy and positioning CHP in matters of community wealth, social value, sustainability, and staff wellbeing.

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Event Timetable

Tuesday 15th November 2022, One Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA

08:30 – 09:30 Registration, refreshments and networking

09:3010:45 Plenary and Q&A

  • Andrew Strange, NHS Property Services
  • Nicola Theron, North Central London ICS
  • James Bawn, Community Health Partnerships

10:45 – 11:15 Refreshments and networking

11:10 – 11:40 – Choose to attend one of the following breakout sessions:

  • Hybrid & Hubs – The Evolving Landscape of Public Sector Estates
  • Energy efficiency – driving best value from energy saving projects and the suppliers delivering them

11:45 – 12:15 – Presentation:

  • 2023 Business Rates Revaluation – The Financial Impact for the NHS

12:20 – 12:50 – Choose to attend one of the following breakout sessions:

  • The Impact of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and Decarbonisation on Estate Strategy – What you need to know now, for the future
  • Work Smarter: How to fund projects when you don’t have the capital

12:50 – 13:40 Lunch and networking

13:40 – 15:10 – Presentations

  • ICU model to Provide Flexible, Innovative and Personalised Care in a Post-Pandemic Society
  • NHS Estates and the Solar PV challenge!
  • Working with the Health Creation Alliance to understand how the use of space can tackle health inequalities

15:10 – 15:30 Refreshments and networking

15:30 – 16:30 – Presentations, panel debate, Q&A and Chair’s closing remarks
  • Road Map to Building Resilience
  • Community Wealth – putting your buildings at the heart of the community

16:30 Drinks Reception in Kendal’s Bar (lower ground floor of One Great George Street) – sponsored by Matrix Booking

17:30 Conference Close

Please note agenda will be updated regularly, speakers, subject matter and timings may be subject to change

Venue, Travel & Hotels

One Great George Street

Westminster London SW1P 3AA

Venue Information

Set in a magnificent Grade II listed, four-domed, Edwardian building the conference centre is very close to the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and St James’s Park.

One Great George Street

Venue Tel: 020 7665 2323

E-mail: info@onegreatgeorgestreet.com

Website: http://www.onegreatgeorgestreet.com/

How to Reach Us

By London Underground
Both Westminster (Exit 6) on the District, Circle and Jubilee lines, and St James’s Park on the District and Circle lines, are just 5 minutes walk away. For more information, visit the Transport for London website.

Walking Directions from Westminster Tube (exit 6)
When you arrive at the top of the stairs you will be on Whitehall. Turn around (as if you were to walk back down the stairs) you are now facing Parliament Square. Walk around to the right onto Great George Street until you come to two sets of traffic lights. Cross over both and continue walking straight down Great George Street for about 1 minute. One Great George Street is the last building on the corner of Great George Street and Storey’s Gate. The building is also the home of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Disabled Parking
The nearest Blue Badge disabled parking bay is located on Matthew Parker Street (drive down Storey’s Gate to the west of the venue and take the second right). Alternatively, a little further away, there are bays on Old Queen Street and Queen Anne’s Gate. These Blue Badge bays offer free parking for up to 4 hours between 08.30 and 18.30 Mon-Fri and unlimited parking at any other time. Please see Westminster Council‘s website for further information.

By River
A River Bus Service runs every 20 minutes during peak time from Embankment to Woolwich Arsenal; the nearest pier to us is the London Eye.

By Car
The nearest car parks provided by Q-Park are located in Abingdon Street and on the south side of Trafalgar Square. Limited meter parking is also available in and around adjacent streets.

By Bicycle
The nearest TFL bike hire docking station is 0.4miles away on Abby Orchard Street. Click on the Cycle for Hire website and type in our post code SW1P 3AA. If your bike folds our cloak room can hold approximately 5 bikes at one time.

By Rail
London’s mainline stations at Waterloo, Victoria and Charing Cross are minutes away by foot or by Underground. For further information visit the National Rail website.

By Bus
Numerous bus routes pass within a 1-2 minute walk of One Great George Street. Bus routes stopping near Parliament Square include: 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 87, 88, 148, 159, 211 and 453. For further information visit the Transport for London website.

GPS co-ordinates
Main entrance – 51 30.0822 N and 0 07.7500 W and Princes Mews – 51 30.0420 N and 0 07.7185 W

Congestion Charge
One Great George Street lies within the charging area. For more information, including charges, visit the Transport for London website.


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