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NHS SBS launches £800 million hard FM framework with focus on sustainability

Published 25th May, 2022 by Neil Nixon

NHS SBS launches £800 million hard FM framework with focus on sustainability

Leading finance and accounting, digital, procurement, and workforce services provider, NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS), has launched its second-generation Hard FM framework agreement.

The second iteration of the organisation’s framework is designed to respond to the need within the NHS for high-quality, innovative and cost-effective solutions, which help NHS trusts manage their estates successfully. The new framework’s scope has broadened to encompass COVID-19 safety provisions and includes a specific emphasis on sustainability and innovation.

Data from NHS Digital’s ‘2020/21 Estates Return Information Collection’, shows that the annual cost of running the NHS Estate stands at £10.2 billion - a 4% increase on 2019/2020, with the cost of clearing the required maintenance backlog having risen 2.2% to £9.2 billion. To support this challenge, NHS SBS’s renewed Hard FM framework agreement has been specifically designed for the NHS and healthcare sector, with inputs from NHS trusts (procurement, estate management and capital development personnel), the wider healthcare community and the public sector.

The framework can provide up to 10% savings for estate, facilities and capital development teams that buy services through it. With an £800 million expected spend via the framework over the next four years, it could potentially equate to public sector savings of up to £80 million.

Brendan Griffin-Ryan, NHS SBS senior category manager - estates and facilities, said: “The management of NHS estates and facilities demands specialist expertise in areas such as strategic planning alongside comprehensive knowledge of the estate’s condition. Compliance, with an ever-increasing list of regulations, places further pressure on teams managing these vital services. This framework is designed to support estate managers meet these targets and provide a compliant route for reactive, planned and new installations of equipment and infrastructure. With an approach heavily focused on sustainability, NHS SBS’s new framework agreement ensures broader ethical environmental objectives are considered and met, tying into the strategies and ambitions detailed in NHS England’s ‘Delivering a Net Zero National Health Service’ plan.”

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