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:

100,000sqm space improved for patients and staff


space improved for patients and staff

86% discretionary spend invested in areas of deprivation


discretionary spend invested in areas of deprivation

75 social prescribing hubs to improve community wellbeing


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.

Looking back at FY 2023/24

In 2023/24, we expanded our Healthy Places programme, focusing on new priority initiatives such as the need for community diagnostic 
centres. Our projects last year are estimated to benefit 1.1 million patients.

We worked hand in hand with Integrated Care Systems (ICSs), Trusts and GP Practices to progress 250 projects that will help transform the NHS estate and enable excellent patient care. Projects ranged from new builds and refurbishments to estate optimisation and social prescribing initiatives.

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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 Service Centre.

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