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One of NHS Property Services’ key priorities is to reduce vacant space in our estate. Vacant space is a drain on NHS funds that cannot be sustained as pressure on its services increases.

We have established the Vacant Space Handback Scheme to allow customers to release properties if they are no longer needed. By taking part in the scheme, we remove the burden of costs such as rent, business rates and service charges from customers, allowing them to use funds to provide the frontline care our communities need.

As well as saving money for customers, this approach gives others the opportunity to occupy the space. We use our property knowledge to reallocate any space released through re-letting, disposal or development.

Since the programme's launch:

  • 56 CCGs and 1 CSU have submitted Property Vacation Notices to take part in the scheme, from which we have issued 94 offers
  • 47 properties have been handed back to NHSPS (totalling 29,300 sqm), generating an estimated £4.56 million to reinvest in the NHS estate
  • Tweaks to the policy will drive an estimated 100 additional properties in the coming 3 years, increasing the income to £7 million a year for the NHS

To learn more about the programme, read our one page overview or brochure

If you are unsure your space qualifies for the scheme, please speak to the vacant space team by contacting:

If you'd like to submit a Property Vacation Notice, please fill out the form below. If you are having any issues with this form, please instead fill in this document and send to the above email address. 

More information on the Vacant Space Handback Scheme (and our wider policy) can be found in our Charging Policy.

Applicant details
Property where space is being proposed for hand back
Property details