NHS Estates and Facilities Management Weekly Update


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.


NHS Chef 2021

The final of the NHS Chef 2021 Competition begins on October 26 at The Cooking School in Warminster. Throughout the regional heats and the recent mentoring event we have been extremely impressed with the level of cooking skills on display. We now look forward to the final events and wish all of the finalists the best of luck. Watch out for further details following the final.

We are extremely grateful to all those who have supported our finalists in their journey to the final. We do not underestimate the commitment involved. 


Estates Resources Information Collection (ERIC)

The 2020/21 ERIC was published by NHS Digital on October 14. You can access the published data here.

We will be arranging a national webinar in due course to disseminate the key messages. Please e-mail: [email protected] if you would like to register your interest in the interim.

Further information can also be found on the NHS Estates Collaboration Hub.


UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) Changes to Infection Prevention Control Requirements

The UKHSA has recommended three pragmatic changes to COVID-19 infection prevention and control (IPC) advice to help ease pressure on the NHS. Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer, and Professor Steve Powis, National Medical Director, wrote to the sector to let them know about these changes and to thank them for their continued commitment and leadership in ensuring excellence in IPC.


Looking After You Too: Coaching support for BAME staff working in the NHS

One to one wellbeing coaching support is available for BAME colleagues in the NHS workforce. Talking to a trained coach can help you process experiences you may be facing, develop coping skills and develop practical strategies to manage situations and maintain your health and wellbeing. All coaching sessions are free and confidential – details will never be shared with employers. Please use this link to book a session.


Inclusive Companies Black History Month Celebrations: Webinar

Inclusive Companies are delighted to deliver a dynamic online event in honour of Black History Month (BHM). With BHM in full swing, Inclusive Companies would like to take this crucial opportunity to celebrate, recognise and value the contributions and life experiences from individuals and groups from black communities across the UK.

Inspired by the official BHM theme ‘Proud To Be’, throughout this virtual event they will explore this important topic and delve into the Black experience from various aspects and viewpoints.

The webinar will take place on 27 October 2021 from 10-11:30am. To register your place online, please CLICK HERE.


Staff Car Parking

NHS Trusts should be aware that Guidance on finance and contracting arrangements for H2 2021/22 was published on 30 September 30, 2021 as part of a suite of documents under the heading NHS Operational Planning and Contracting Guidance

This confirms that staff parking should continue to  remain free during the pandemic. 

Paragraph 39 refers - NHS hospitals are required to provide free car parking for disabled people, frequent outpatient attenders, parents of sick children staying overnight and staff working night shifts. In addition, Trusts should continue to provide free car parking at their sites for NHS staff for the duration of the pandemic, in line with the Government’s policy, alongside providing free parking for those eligible groups above. Funding to Trusts for these policies was included in H1 envelopes and has been rolled over in to H2 envelopes.

In case of any queries please e-mail: [email protected] marked for the attention of Gill Donachie.


Park Active

Could Park Active help ease your hospital’s parking pressures?

Park Active enables hospital staff to park off-site and to travel safely on foot or bike to work. The British Parking Association is working with the National Estates and Facilities Team to select a series of pilot Park Active schemes to operate from this autumn.

These schemes will benefit from free consultancy advice to help broker off-site Park Active provision.

Please see the NHS Estates Collaboration Hub for further details, or contact either [email protected] or [email protected] marked for the attention of Gill Donachie.


Construction Works and Associated Services 2 / ProCure23

The Construction Works and Associated Services 2/ProCure23 (P23) invitation to tender is now open. P23 enables NHS client to access experienced and proficient partners to support across all aspects of NHS capital project delivery, with the capacity and expertise to deliver on projects and programmes of all sizes. NHS England and NHS Improvement is working with the Crown Commercial Service to deliver the new framework. Please see this link for further details.


Skills for Health: Health Heroes Awards nominations now open, including Exceptional NHS Operational Support Worker of the Year 

Do you know an Operational Support worker who you want to celebrate? 

Sponsored by UNISON, this award celebrates the thousands of individuals working in non-clinical roles, without whom the healthcare system could not function. From the porters, the cleaners, the receptionists, the gardeners, through to the administrators, security guards, researchers, technicians, and hundreds more. Please see the NHS Estates Collaboration Hub for further details and here.


Greater Manchester NHS Careers Hub

The Greater Manchester NHS Careers Hub exists to support people from Greater Manchester who are looking for a career in the NHS. They are looking to recruit more ambassadors to help create a bigger bank of expertise and experience as well as to collaborate further across the region.

They are looking for anyone from apprentice to director who works in estates and facilities in Greater Manchester to share information, insights and experience with local young people. 

If you would like to sign up or find out more then please get in touch at: [email protected] and for more information on the Careers Hub visit:  GM Health & Social Care Careers Hub (gmcareershub.nhs.uk)


Roadmap for suppliers to reach Net Zero by 2045

The NHS England and NHS Improvement Board has approved a detailed roadmap that sets out our expectations of suppliers over the next decade. Over 60% of the total NHS Carbon Footprint sits within our supply chain, so reducing emissions from our supply chain is crucial if we are to become net zero by 2045. These include emissions from freight, the manufacturing of goods, catering, business services and construction. We need our suppliers to be aligned with this ambition and to understand our long-term expectations. You can find out more on the NHS Estates and Facilities Collaboration Hub. For any further queries please e-mail: [email protected].


Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (Phase 3) 

Phase 3 of the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) applications closes on November 3, 2021. The Government published its Net Zero Strategy: Build Back Greener this week, which stated that £1.425bn has been made available for PSDS phase 3. We would encourage Trusts to continue to submit applications to the scheme. Please follow the web links below for further details. 

Link for PSDS3: Phase 3 Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme | Salix Finance

Link for Net Zero Strategy: Net Zero Strategy: Build Back Greener - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

For Phase 3 the focus remains on the decarbonisation of heat with funding provided for decarbonisation projects where the heating systems are at the end of their working lives. Projects should incur costs no earlier than April 1, 2022 and no later than:

• March 31, 2023 for single year projects

• March 31, 2024 for two-year projects 

• March 31, 2025 for three-year projects.


This remains similar to Phase 2 of the PSDS phase, namely;

• A whole building approach

• Focus on heat decarbonisation and equipment nearing end of life

• Applicants should be ready to contribute to the cost of replacing equipment like-for-like on top of grant funding 

• Carbon cost threshold £325/tCO2e.


SRCL Addition (COVID-19) Waste Management Costs

The NHS Estates and Facilities Team at NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE/I) shared some guidance previously in respect of the types of costs for which suppliers could seek to reclaim additional funding. One such cost was SRCL’s additional cost incurred as a result of increased Covid volumes to support the COVID-19 guidance issued by the Finance Team at NHSE/I. 

We e-mailed the Directors of E&F on October 14 regarding additional waste management costs which SRCL incurred by having to procure additional capacity to treat the additional waste volumes. 

Please check the NHS Estates Collaboration for further details. Any concerns about this should be sent to: [email protected] marked for the attention of Jo Dolby and Steve Lawley.


Dates for National Webinars

Please note the dates for the national webinars which have been scheduled as follows;

October 28 - Net Zero Carbon Estates Delivery Plan

November 25 - Valuations and “Instructing” Valuations

December 16 - 2020/21 ERIC.

These will all take place at 11am. If you would like to attend any of these webinars then please contact: [email protected] or [email protected].


NHS Estates and Facilities Team – Monthly Bulletin

The monthly Estates and Facilities newsletter was launched on October 1. Get the latest updates directly from NHS England and NHS Improvement’s Estates and Facilities Team including the latest guidance, health technical memoranda and policy developments affecting your work, and celebrate the successes of the wider E&F community. NHS staff can register to receive future editions of the newsletter.  


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] 

We have been arranging “overview and masterclasses” to help registered members understand and navigate the Hub more effectively. These have taken place on an ad hoc basis to date. However, following the very positive feedback we are now looking to formalise these on a more regular basis. If you are interested in attending one of these sessions (they last approximately 30 minutes) then please e-mail the above mailbox and Joy Heaps and Stuart Robinson will follow up directly.

If your e-mail address has changed over the past year (perhaps to .nhs.net), or you have moved to another NHS trust then please e-mail us with the details ([email protected]) so that we can update our records. 


Thank You

Our thanks to all of those working in estates and facilities for all that you do in maintaining the NHS estate, facilitating patient care as well as supporting the ongoing response to COVID-19. 

Please continue to stay safe and access the support material available on the Collaboration Hub. The service could not function without you. 

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