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The issue:

King’s Health Partners is one of five Academic Health Sciences Centres in England. It brings together a world-leading research-led university (King’s College London) and three successful NHS Foundation Trusts (Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley). The Board has recently considered how the College and its partner NHS Trusts and can join-up their world-class research, teaching and clinical practices more closely to the benefit of their patients.

An external Management Consultancy engaged with Essentia Healthcare Planning team to support them in developing options for both site and strategic clinical service reconfiguration.  The plans include the 3 NHS Trusts, 4 acute sites and over 250 community and off-site properties.

Our unique approach:

Our Healthcare Planning team used their excellent analytical capabilities to carry out a rapid review of existing capacity and quality at each of the key hospital and College sites. The team’s multi-disciplinary skills and in-depth NHS knowledge enabled high level assessment of the strategic development potential for each site providing strong foundations for evidence-based design. Our scope included:

  • A review of clinical service plans and clinical dependencies for seven Clinical Academic Groups
  • Identification of strategic service relocation options with project teams
  • High-level demand and capacity modelling (beds, theatres, consulting rooms) for relevant services
  • High-level hospital sizing using space standards to assess future space requirements for a range of scenarios at the departmental level
  • Indicative capital costs for a range of strategic estates solutions
  • The development of a masterplan for each site, following international best practice

The outcome:

We successfully worked with key stakeholders to explore where the institutions would be located and developed a masterplan for each of the three acute sites. These demonstrate how the estate can be best configured to optimise the institute’s model to the benefit of their patients.

The plans will be taken forward to the next stage in creating an outline business case. We continue to be involved in the strategy, which is testament to how the client values our services.

At a time when capital is scarce in the NHS, it is imperative that Trusts continue to develop strategies for long term gains. The ability to rapidly iterate across a range of strategic scenarios to ensure investment is targeted at releasing maximum benefit is invaluable to our clients.

Tina Nolan, Director of Healthcare Planning at ETL