Below are this week’s key messages from the national NHS Estates & Facilities Team. Please email any questions or comments you have on any of these items to [email protected] or follow the links where provided.
Estates and Facilities Online Forum – THANK YOU
Thank you to all those who attended our online forum on March 16. This was a fantastic, well-attended day with great speakers throughout and excellent input from the estates and facilities profession.
All of the sessions will be available soon via the catch-up service and we expect to confirm the details very soon.
We will be issuing a feedback form in the next few days which will be sent to those who registered/attended. It would be appreciated if you could complete what will be a short feedback form that will support our planning for future events. This will also include a link to the national NHS Estates and Facilities Team questionnaire which has been reopened for a further short period of time. This will take a few minutes to complete and your response to the questionnaire will be extremely useful in helping us to shape the way in which we work with the profession going forward.
Estates and Facilities – ‘Talking Heads’ Videos
We are really pleased to share with you a number of short personal videos. These include a range of different roles within estates and facilities such as catering, cleaning, engineering, apprentice, sustainability, waste management and EFM management.
The videos can be downloaded here: Estates Videos - Google Drive
We intend featuring these roles individually over the coming weeks. Our hope is to also develop videos for other roles in the near future. We would welcome your feedback.
Our thanks to the team at the Manchester University Foundation Trust for their help in facilitating this.
Expert Hospital Food Panel - your opportunity to get involved
NHS England and NHS Improvement is looking for a group of dynamic individuals with a real passion for food to support the delivery of excellent patient care. Following publication of the Secretary of State’s Independent Hospital Food Review in 2020 it was announced that an expert panel would be created to progress and monitor the recommendations of the review.
We’re seeing massive interest in this opportunity, please register your interest as quickly as possible.
There are nine places on the panel which include the roles of chef, catering manager, clinician, nurse and dietary expert. The opportunity is open to staff at all levels and the project will run for two years.
Expressions of interest should be sent to [email protected] marked clearly for the attention of Emma Brookes & Phil Shelley. These should be received no later than 5pm on Friday 26 March 2021.
Please follow the national NHS Estates and Infrastructure team on twitter @EstatesNHS
COVID-19: General Update and the National Vaccination Programme
We would like to thank you for continued engagement with the weekly surveys to date. The responses are really important in helping NHS England and NHS Improvement as an organisation to shape how we engage with our healthcare workforce.
A link to this week’s survey is below and again we would be grateful for your responses – the survey will take less than five minutes to complete.
While the situation continues to improve, it remains as important as ever for those healthcare workers who work tirelessly to ensure the safety of patients, to remain safe themselves. This is especially applicable to the estates and facilities profession. Please continue to make use of the resource materials which are available now for use by estates and facilities teams to encourage staff vaccination take-up. These can be accessed from the Collaboration Hub.
Over 1,000 estates and facilities colleagues joined the February programme of webinars facilitated by the national team. We are grateful for the positive engagement and if there are subject areas which you would like to see covered in the future then please e-mail [email protected] marking for the attention of Tom McHugh and Linda Hood.
The next national webinar on Backlog Maintenance and ERIC reporting has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 24 at 11:30am.
Invitations have already been sent to estates and facilities directors/teams. However, if you would like further information or to request an invitation then please e-mail [email protected] marking for the attention of Linda Hood and Tom McHugh.
Virtual Contract Management Network Event
The DHSC Commercial Capability and Supplier Management Team is holding a Virtual Contract Management Network Event. It will feature talks on the latest commercial activities in the health family, provide commercial updates, learning and help build a network of contract managers.
This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone involved in contract management to better understand the commercial skills and capabilities that are available across the health family. This invitation is extended to estates and facilities teams. It would be great for local NHS teams to be well represented at this event.
The virtual event is scheduled for Wednesday, March 31 from 1pm to 4pm. If you are interested please keep this time free and contact [email protected] for further information, or to request inclusion on the invitation list.
NHS England and NHS Improvement National Estates Team: Collaboration Hub
The Collaboration Hub is a protected space for local NHS estates and facilities teams to access key information as well as to collaborate and to share ideas and successes. Access to the Collaboration Hub for individuals from local NHS estates teams can be arranged by e-mailing [email protected]
Our thanks to all of those working in estates and facilities for all that you in maintaining the NHS estate, facilitating patient care as well as supporting the response to the current pandemic. The service could not function without you.