Creating Healthy Places

NHS Property Services (NHSPS) Healthy Places programme focuses on the successful delivery of projects that help the NHS get the most from its estate and drive better health outcomes for patients and clinicians.

Since launching in 2020, we have progressed 600 projects, including building new health centres, refurbishing hospitals, optimising office space and delivering social prescribing sites. 

Since 2020, we have:


space improved for patients and staff


discretionary spend invested in areas of deprivation


social prescribing hubs to improve community wellbeing

Working together to deliver Healthy Places

At a time when the NHS is facing challenges never seen before, these projects are integral in helping to support the health service move forwards. In 2023/24, we are committed to supporting customers in tackling health inequalities and responding to NHS priorities such as community diagnostic centres and Covid-19 recovery support.

Projects include refurbishments and new builds, creating social prescribing spaces, introducing new NHS Open Space locations for flexible booking, and improving NHS staff welfare areas and improving the accessibility of NHS buildings.

All 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.

We are keen to work more closely with Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) to identify and support regional priorities and emerging ICS estate strategies – both those we are already working on and emerging requirements.

Transformation at scale: looking back at FY 2022/23

By the end of March 2023, 255 projects were underway, with 94 physically completed on site. Each of the others have met significant milestones, such as the submission of a business case, that support full completion in future years.

Last year’s projects take the total to approximately 500 since the programme began in 2020. The combined programme’s benefits are now being felt across the country amongst colleagues, customers, and patients alike.

Transformation at scale: looking back at FY 2022/23

Get in touch

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

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