Newleadership for construction of 48 new hospitals by 2030

Natalie Forrest, until recently Chief Executive of Chase Farm Hospital – where she successfully led operational and clinical teams to design a ‘ground- breaking new hospital’ – has been appointed to lead the Government’s plans to build 48 new hospitals by 2030.

The Department of Health and Social Care says she brings to the new role of senior responsible officer of the New Hospital Programme ‘a wealth of health, construction, and project management experience’. She has worked in the NHS for over 30 years, and is a registered nurse, having most recently led the process of getting the NHS Nightingale London operational. Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, said: “I’m delighted to appoint Natalie into this role. She brings unrivalled experience in health management and nursing, and the construction and project management knowledge that helped turn the ExCeL conference centre in London into a Nightingale Hospital in just nine days, as well as overseeing the rebuild of Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield at pace.”

Natalie Forrest said: “I am determined to build trust in our national capability in planning and delivering hospitals, not just with health and construction stakeholders, but with the staff and patients who will benefit from them daily. My goal will be to deliver these new hospitals cost- effectively and at speed, and to foster an ecosystem that owns, learns from, and improves, healthcare design.” She will oversee a delivery board across the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England and Improvement, which will work closely with a network of NHS Trusts.

The DHSC added: “Overall, the New Hospital Programme within the government’s long-term health infrastructure plan will help develop new sustainability standards, planning capabilities, and care and workforce models. It will also implement cutting- edge digital technologies across the NHS, and support an integrated approach to building new healthcare infrastructure using modern methods of construction.”

LSI designs IPC simulation suite for GAMA Healthcare

LSI Architects has designed a specialist training facility for infection prevention and control specialist, GAMA Healthcare, that simulates a live hospital environment, to enable it to offer ‘bespoke’ training for NHS nurses and other healthcare professionals working in infection prevention and control. GAMA Healthcare is soon to move into a brand-new 20,000 ft2

workspace in

Hemel Hempstead, which incorporates the new 'world-class' hospital training suite.

The simulation suite, expected to open this month, will comprise a two- bed ward, an isolation suite, and a utility area, where bedside equipment, such as IV stands and commodes, are cleaned, and a seminar for ‘virtual’ or face-to- face training. GAMA Healthcare says the training facility will provide ‘the perfect environment’ to host demonstrations and allow NHS staff the chance to assemble or program the equipment incorporated, troubleshooting concerns or queries on site with the trainers. Co-founder and MD, Dr Guy

Braverman, said: “GAMA Healthcare was 22 Health Estate Journal February 2021

Interfurn MD steps down

Steve Sweryda (right) of Interfurn Medical Systems stepped down from his role as managing director at the end of December, handing over the reins to the company’s Operations director, Jon Fletcher (left).

He will, however, remain with the company until March this year to aid in the transition of the business. A well- known figure in the specialised ventilation industry, with a career spanning 50 years, the last seven at Interfurn, he said: “I’ve had the pleasure of working with some great people, on some amazing projects, during my time with Interfurn, and I’m very proud of the role I’ve played in establishing the company as a leader in the design, engineering, and manufacture, of specialised ventilation and UCV canopy systems.” Incoming managing director, Jon Fletcher, added: “I’d like to thank Steve for everything he’s done during his time as managing director here at Interfurn. He will leave behind a strong legacy, and while he will be missed, I wish him all the best in this next chapter.”


recognition for ICC A ‘pioneering’ Integrated Care Centre

founded by two ex-NHS doctors, and we know first-hand the demands facing everyone who works within the NHS, but particularly in infection control, to continually improve quality. There is a definite need for continued learning provided and led by specialists in that area, which is why we’re investing in our new training suite.”

LSI is currently active with framework projects at NHS hospitals across the UK including Guy’s & St Thomas’, Addenbrooke’s, Broomfield, Southend University Hospital, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, James Paget University Hospital. and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Its private sector clients include HCA Healthcare, BMI Healthcare, and Aspen Healthcare.

(ICC), built to transform care for the elderly in Hull, has won the Best Social Infrastructure Project in the Partnership Awards 2020, which ‘recognise elite projects, companies, individuals, partnerships, and providers across the globe’.

The category was open to all PPP projects, and the £9.5 million Jean Bishop Integrated Care Centre (ICC) was the only UK entry shortlisted, fighting off entries in Australia, Italy, and Ireland. Reportedly the UK’s first such integrated care facility, it primarily treats elderly patients with long-term conditions referred to their GP as at risk of hospital admission. They are assessed before having an extensive integrated care plan formed, and a care coordinator appointed on the same day. There are therapists, voluntary services, and other specialist services, under one roof.

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