Further reduction in non-clinical space on the cards in next phase of COVID-19 response

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In a webinar hosted by Public Policy Projects and reported by HSJ, Simon Corben, Director and Head of Profession for NHS Estates and Facilities, has said that administrative space across the NHS should be “repurposed [as] surge capacity,” in preparation for further potential spikes of COVID-19.

This could see non-clinical space reducing to a target of 20 or 15% - far lower than Lord Carter’s 35% target in the productivity review.

Simon Corben also paid tribute to the work done by estates teams, who he described as still being “at the coal-face” of response to the pandemic and the 35 estates and facilities staff who had died from COVID-19.

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