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Our Estates Strategy

The purpose of the Estates Strategy

The Estates Strategy covers all aspects of the Trust’s buildings, land and facilities support. The strategy complements other Trust strategies, notably the clinical care and clinical technology and information strategies, as we make progress towards delivering our organisational and clinical vision for the future. The primary concern to be addressed by the strategy is that of ensuring that it supports and enables delivery of clinical services as effectively as possible.

The Estates Strategy is a key enabler of the overall KMPT strategy. It is vital that the strategy complements other Trust strategies, notably the Clinical Care and Clinical Technology and Information strategies, as we make progress towards delivering our organisational and clinical vision for the future. 

The key objectives are:

  • KMPT needs to address the challenges set by the NHS Long Term Plan (LTP), delivering the Forward View - NHS planning guidance 2016/17- 2020/21, Lord Carter’s Review on NHS Trust operational productivity and Lord Naylor’s Review of NHS Property and Estates. 
  • The new strategy is a fundamental review of our estates and facilities operations and assets, which are timely for a number of reasons. Most of all, however, the Trust wanted to engage as many people as possible in the thinking about estate, and this new strategy reflects as many of their thoughts and ideas as possible.
  • Ensuring a safe and appropriate environment, maintaining its assets and facilities, and delivering excellent ‘hotel’ facilities services are the core of what the Trust does in the management of its estate.
  • In relation to asset management, the strategy addresses how KMPT needs to optimise its assets to ensure best value for money and release funding for investment in new capital developments. In relation to growth, work continues to develop our thinking around service development plans as they impact on the Trust’s key sites, taking into account opportunities and constraints in developing capital investment schemes.
  • There has been an increased emphasis on partnership and collaboration across the health and care system. Work is progressing on a Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) for the NHS across Kent and Medway with estates and facilities issues developing a significant profile. 
  • There is increasing emphasis across the NHS to improve our efficiency in the use of the estate to protect front line service delivery within available means. In particular, the 2016 review of operational productivity in the NHS by Lord Carter identified how NHS estate can be better utilised and set targets for reducing the amount of void and under- utilised estate, as well as the proportion of the estate required for non-clinical functions. Achieving or bettering the Carter benchmarks will be a key measure for how we are delivering best value for our estate as a whole.
  • The strategy sets out how the Trust plans to use its buildings to support changes to the way it delivers mental health services, in particular how it is planning the use of estate to support the Trust’s clinical service delivery through clear clinical care pathways. This estate strategy begins to describe how we will invest in and manage its estate effectively to ensure the right kinds of buildings in the right locations to support clinical care delivery.
  • We face a number of challenges in ensuring it is able to meet the growing and changing needs of the local population. Kent and Medway have high proportions of older people among the population, likely to increase, and a number of both deprived areas and new town growth areas. Ensuring equity of access to services for all service users, addressing diversity and inclusion, working more closely with local authority and primary care partners and keeping at the forefront of excellent, effective care interventions are all great challenges which estates can play a part in.
  • The main pillars of the Trust strategy - maintaining and investing in a safe and fit for purpose care environment, using accommodation efficiently, disposing of surplus unfit accommodation, recycling capital receipts to support the investment programme - will not change.
  • Although the way we uses our estate will continue to evolve and respond to service developments and requirements, the principles of operation remain constant. Everything the Trust does aims to deliver outstanding care and treatment which residents of Kent and Medway can be confident in, and rely upon.

You can view the Estates Strategy 2019-2024 here and an overview from Sheila Stenson here.