Published date: 29 September 2021

Healthy Places: delivering transformational projects for the NHS estate

We have expanded our Healthy Places programme to over 300 projects which will transform the NHS estate nationwide, support Integrated Care Systems, and enable excellent patient care.

Healthy Places focuses on the successful delivery of projects that enable improved health and social care, helping the NHS get the most from its estate and drive better outcomes for patients and clinicians. Projects range from refurbishments and new builds, to accommodating social prescribing initiatives, to estate optimisation and repurposing of vacant space.

All the projects support local NHS estate plans through collaboration with commissioners and wider Integrated Care System (ICS) partners. This allows rapid delivery of projects by aligning local and national property capacity and capability, knowledge sharing of best practice and continuous learning.

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sqm of improved places, spaces and facilities


generated for reinvestment by creating a more efficient estate

4 million

patients supported, alongside NHS colleagues

Expanding the programme

Following a successful pilot in 2020/21, we have expanded the programme to 300 primary and community estate projects that support over 4 million patients.

The projects cover a wider scope including Covid-19 recovery, supporting the Greener NHS agenda, and improving site accessibility. We will also be growing social prescribing spaces, introducing new NHS Open Space locations for flexible booking and improving NHS staff welfare areas.

“At a time when the NHS is facing challenges never seen before, these projects will be integral in helping to support the health service moving forwards. By using the estate more efficiently, over the coming years we can provide better quality spaces for the provision of healthcare, which will improve patients’ experience, as well as create better environments for healthcare professionals to deliver care."

Martin Steele – Chief Executive Officer

Learn more about Healthy Places

Read our quick guide to learn how we select Healthy Places projects, what we hope to achieve in the coming years, and some key examples of work so far. 

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Explore our Healthy Places projects

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If you would like to learn more about our Healthy Places programme or a particular project, get in touch with our Customer Support Centre.

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