Government has announced that they will build 40 new hospitals by 2030

10th June, 2021

The Government has announced that they will build 40 new hospitals by 2030 and Modern Methods of Construction will be a primary focus.

Together with 8 hospital schemes which have secured previous investment and will be delivered as part of the programme, this will result in 48 hospitals by the end of the decade, the biggest hospital building programme in a generation.

The Government has confirmed an initial £3.7bn funding allocation over the next four years and these new hospitals form part of the Government’s wider Health Infrastructure Plan, a strategic long-term investment to ensure our world-class healthcare system and staff have the world-class facilities they need for the future .All the hospital schemes that are part of the New Hospital Programme will work with the central DHSC and NHS England & NHS Improvement team, with the support of regional, system and local NHS Trust leadership, to design and deliver their hospital.

A package of support is being provided by the central team to all NHS Trusts in the New Hospital Programme, including business case training and close working to support the scheme development and streamline approvals. The NHP wishes to initiate early supply market involvement across a wide range of suppliers and topics in support of developing the approach, including:

• Procurement & commercial considerations;
• Modern Methods of Construction (MMC);
• Net zero carbon;
• Digital technologies;
• Future healthcare demand and capacity modelling;
• Skills & workforce;
• Evolving clinical and operational models;
• Integration with regions and systems;
• Improved community service.

New standards will be developed to help standardise the design of new hospitals and make use of modular construction methods to speed up the build. The programmatic approach will facilitate continual improvement and adapt in response to lessons learned from earlier schemes.  The new hospitals will make an important contribution to the Government’s net zero target, and wider ambitions for sustainable development, and will complement those outlined in the NHS Long-Term Plan.

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