Colleagues in Estates and Facilities Management will be well aware of the pressures of finding cost savings According to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), there is still a great deal to do. In their recent report “Sustainability and financial performance of acute hospital trusts”1, the PAC concluded that:
- The government is too slow to address growing hospital deficits. The PAC said there is “not yet a convincing plan” for closing the £22bn efficiency gap by 2020-21. The PAC also raised “serious concerns” about the data used by Lord Carter to identify efficiency savings
- The financial health of NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts has significantly worsened in the last three financial years. Trusts had a net deficit of £843 million in 2014-15, which is a severe decline from a £91 million deficit in 2013-14, and £592 million surplus in 2012-13.
- Trusts’ finances look set to deteriorate further: halfway through 2015-16 three quarters of trusts had a deficit, and their total overspend could rise to around £2.5 billion.
- PAC’s opinion is that the target for trusts to make 4% efficiency savings (set by Monitor and NHS England), were “unrealistic and have caused long term damage to trusts’ finances”. The average efficiency target for 2016-17 is expected to be 2 per cent.
- PAC said: “Failings in the system… need to be addressed as a matter of urgency, with NHS Improvement and NHS England acknowledging that the current system is not fit-for-purpose as it does not incentivise the right behaviours needed for joined-up healthcare services.
Clearly the problem is huge and there isn’t a “silver bullet “solution. However, HFC can assist – we were set up by the NHS, for the NHS nearly 20 years ago and we are still helping members make quality improvements and tangible savings. NHS Trusts have used our Benchmarking service to help enhance overall performance, others use the software solutions that streamline day-to-day maintenance, while others take advantage of our Document Exchange library, saving time and expense involved in meeting compliance needs. To support quality assurance and compliance, our fire risk assessment solution is widely accepted as being highly effective and good value for money particularly as HFC members get a substantial discount.
So don’t fall into the trap of assuming the problem is so huge there’s nothing that can be done locally…. there is! So let HFC help you make that difference by becoming a Member and enjoy the opportunities presented by working together with other members towards the common goal of enabling Estates and Facilities Management to demonstrate effective and sustainable efficiencies, and make a high quality, cost effective contribution to the delivery of core services.
How will HFC help?
Performance Analysis (Benchmarking)
Members receive free annual benchmarking performance analysis and trend report based on ERIC, enabling them to identify areas for improvement, and we offer a highly competitive consultancy service too. If you need an extra pair of hands to complete Premises Assurance, assess your performance or put together your policy documents – we can help.
A safe, secure environment
Created with industry leaders Nulogic Fire Limited, our Fire Risk Assessment service will give you peace of mind in ensuring compliance with Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. It offers a flexible, value for money approach whether you want a fully managed fire risk assessment service or just the tools for your team to collect and analyse the data quickly and easily. HFC members receive preferential rates.
Members receive regular newsletters and bulletins on up to date issues. We have also created a network of contacts from which we can seek views and experiences on Members’ behalf. In addition, our Document Exchange contains scores of Board-level policies and protocols, saving you time and money – all free to members.
To support the NHS achieve these important objectives, HFC offers three key courses through our training partner Grovenbridge Academy, all of which are available at a 50% discount to delegates from Trusts that are HFC Members.
- CELL Level 3 Award in Estates and Facilities Information Management – Driving Cost Improvement: a one day introductory course designed to inform and reinforce the importance of facilities information, generated from a range of sources already available within NHS Trusts, in the cost effective provision of NHS services to the local community.
- CELL Level 5 Award in Estates & Facilities Information Management – Premises Assurance: designed to inform and reinforce the importance of Premises Assurance including the responsibilities, from Director down, and show how the NHS Premises Assurance Model (NHS PAM) can be used in practice.
- Estates & Facilities Information Management – Risk Assessed Backlog Maintenance: a one day introductory course designed to inform and reinforce the importance of the NHS procedures relating to the production of Risk Assessments relating to Backlog Maintenance information for Statutory Returns and day-to-day use.
Together with Grovenbridge Academy, HFC also offers bespoke courses, again at a discount to HFC Member Trusts. Accredited courses can be delivered either as a Ofqual accredited or a customised non-accredited version specifically for your team. If you have a group of 6 or more staff, this option offers training at your own location offering time and cost savings for your organisation.
Promote your training opportunities through HFC
We know many NHS colleagues have existing courses running in their Trusts, often given by specifically trained staff up-skilling colleagues. As part of our initiative to promote training opportunities widely, HFC would be pleased to hear from you as we can jointly promote them to a much wider audience, both increasing the transfer of skills but also helping NHS bodies generate some income.