As the National Chair I would like to welcome you to the official website of the Health Estates and Facilities Management Association, often known simply as HEFMA. For over 30 years we have been representing and championing the Estates and Facilities professions in healthcare throughout the United Kingdom.

This website is our portal to all the information you may need about HEFMA and its activities nationally and in your local area.  It contains news stories, articles and guidance from a number of sources to help keep you up-to-date professionally and informed on the latest innovations.  You can access electronic copies of our magazine, the Pulse, for even more informative articles and reports. Our commercial partners also advertise their products and services to help you identify the most suitable solutions and support for you in your professional role.

If you or your organisation are a member of HEFMA please use your personal login to search the member-only content in the website.  Inside you will find a library of essential guidance, standards and related technical articles to help you and your colleagues deliver the highest quality of service to your organisation, patients, service users and staff.  We have a coaching and mentoring section where you can volunteer to help and support your colleagues or to receive support to help you build your career.  You can find slide packs from our previous events and National Forum, and, if you missed any of our recent Virtual Series, recordings of each event are available that you can play back at your leisure.  There is also a really useful ‘Helpdesk’ button where you can ask questions of the entire national membership on any subject about which you need information.  Follow the instructions under the ‘Log in’ button at the top of this page to create a member account. 

If you are not a member of HEFMA yet, you can submit a membership application simply by clicking on the ‘Join Us’ button at the top of this page.  We have a range of membership options for health providers, commercial companies and individuals and we would love to have you as part of our association.  Becoming a member allows you to engage with your fellow E&F professionals in your local area and take part in regional and national events to gain and share knowledge, experience and specialist expertise.  At HEFMA we pride ourselves on being an inclusive organisation with energetic regional branches where our members at all levels in their careers can feel supported, inspired and enthused to deliver great health care to our population.  HEFMA belongs to its members and we welcome everyone getting involved and sharing their experiences.

This website is also the best place for the latest news and information about our national Forum, our annual awards and other events that we support, such as the new National Healthcare Estates & Facilities Day.

I hope you enjoy browsing our website and find what you are looking for.  Please use the site as your first stop in finding the best solutions for you and your organisation, and if you can’t find what you need, please tell us in the ‘Contact Us’ section.  We love to hear from our members and will try to incorporate all your ideas to ensure our website remains the most valued source of information for you.



The patient is the focal point for everything we do.

For over 25 years the Health Estates and Facilities Management Association (HEFMA) has been representing estates and facilities management within the NHS across England. Our members are responsible for managing the day-to-day operation of all hospitals within an NHS Trust, including maintenance and support services.

HEFMA has strong links with Estates and Facilities professionals in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Association has Memorandum of Understanding agreements for close working relationships with other professional bodies in the sector, including the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals, the Hospital Caterers Association and the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management.

HEFMA works with NHS England and NHS Improvement, advising on matters concerning Estates and Facilities, including new standards, and, through its membership, helping NHS Trusts to deliver against new policy and performance programmes for non-clinical activities.

Click on a region below to view the information for each of our regional branches.

Throughout 2019 issues around fire safety have been a big focus for the Branch. In 2020 it is planning several meetings and seminars to help members to refresh their skills and strategies around capital.

The Branch holds its meetings at Quince House, West Suffolk Hospital. It also hosts full-day seminars – recent themes have included Fire and the Digital Hospital – at the Holiday Inn, Impington, near Cambridge.

The Branch holds regular meetings, study days often linking with other associations - such as the Hospital Caterers Association or the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals - and works with Eastwood Park to host training seminars.

The usual venue for Branch meetings is the Village Hotel in Walsall but in 2020 its March and September meetings will move to new venues at Dudley College and Capsticks Solicitors in Birmingham (respectively).

Branch meetings are hosted by members in the region – usually Chesterfield Royal Hospital or Kings Mill Hospital. The Branch also hosts an Annual Conference at the Holiday Inn, Rotherham – in 2019 its 21st Annual Conference had the theme ‘The Times they are a Changing’.

The Branch holds its meetings at the Wrightington Country Club, with the November meeting designated as the Branch Knowledge Network Day, which will be a full day event.

The Branch holds its meetings at the Darlington Memorial Hospital. Topics discussed recently include energy, waste, the model hospital, workforce planning, asset revaluation and climate change action plans.

Northern and Yorkshire North West Trent Eastern London & South East South West West Midlands
Region Name
Contact Us


Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.


Tim Litherland
Kay Mulcahy
National Chair
Alison McCree
National Secretary
Mervyn Phipps
Jonathan Stewart
Past National Chair
Geoff Neild
National Vice-Chair
David Moss
National Vice-Chair
Mark Barriball
South West Branch
Richard Best
West Midlands Branch
Ian Daccus
London & SE Branch
Christopher Todd
Eastern Branch
Andrew Jones
Trent Branch
David Sanderson
Northern & Yorkshire Branch
Carrie-Anne Cruickshank
Eastern Branch
Cliff Howell
North West Branch & Digital Sub Group Lead
Nick Phillips
Trent Branch & Sustainability Sub Group Lead
Penny Gilyard
Workforce Sub Group Lead
Liam Casey
Compliance Sub Group Lead


Benefits of membership

  • Regular Branch meetings with a range of speakers address topics that will be of interest to most managers working in the Estates and Facilities environment
  • Branch meetings enable members to network with colleagues from other Trusts
  • A national network to share information, best practice, or seek advice from facilities teams throughout the UK.
  • An annual National Leadership Forum with expert speakers from the world of Estates and Facilities Management as well as Healthcare Leaders
  • Local conferences and study days, organised locally by Branches
  • Access to the members-only areas of HEFMA’s website
  • Complimentary printed copies of HEFMA’s magazine, the HEFMA Pulse
  • Access to Training and Development Bursaries.


How to join

Joining is easy. Four membership categories are available:

  • Full NHS Trust
  • NHS National
  • Commercial
  • Individual

Individuals or organisations wishing to apply for membership of HEFMA should complete the application form, ensuring all sections are filled in, which will help the Association to make a prompt decision about the suitability of the applicant for membership in the requested class.

The form includes a section for a supporting statement. This should be used to explain any particular reasons for the application and what contribution the applicant may make to HEFMA’s activities. This section is most pertinent to Commercial and Individual membership categories.

You can click here for further details on the procedure for membership applications and terms.


Aug 10, 2022 TWITTER
HEFMAUK 1557363970142519296 HEFMA https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/825018976237395968/7QYr30M3_normal.jpg 10:Aug:2022 13:51:19 NHS staff commended for reaching the first milestone in the Elective Recovery Plan - to eliminate two-year waits by the end of July - but still faces some "very serious challenges" ahead of winter https://t.co/MD3Z099Gom https://t.co/ZYUv8h8rcq
Aug 10, 2022 TWITTER
Aug 09, 2022 TWITTER
HEFMAUK 1556954127879512064 HEFMA https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/825018976237395968/7QYr30M3_normal.jpg 09:Aug:2022 10:42:45 New study from the TSA and De Montfort University Leicester results in a protocol that is being proposed for adoption by laundries cleaning textiles for healthcare sector to ensure bacteria and viruses are killed https://t.co/APvVVK5qr6 https://t.co/FSQJulrWlL