If you were running a factory and not a health facility how much of your capital asset base would you devote to unproductive uses? How much would you devote to the staff canteen? How much to offices? How much to meeting and training rooms?
Sir Robert Naylor’s report on the future of the NHS estate highlights many issues facing the organisation as it tries to meet the demand of delivering more sophisticated and successful health care to a growing and ageing population. It shows that the NHS estate can be a enabler of more productive healthcare.
Commissioning healthcare is a complicated process. From assessment of need and priorities to mass consultation to contracting for activity, the whole cycle takes time and skill to get the balance right.
The Stoddart review (www.stoddartreview.com) reveals that an effective workplace can improve business productivity by as much as 3.5%. Economist Duncan Weldon states that this could add up to £70 billion to the UK economy. But we are missing a trick!