LIFT: 21st century health care centres

Holmes, John, Capper, Graham and Hudson, Gordon (2006) LIFT: 21st century health care centres. Journal of Facilities Management, 4 (2). pp. 99-100. ISSN 1472-5967

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14725960610651197

Abstract

Purpose
To examine the processes used to procure and develop new primary health care premises in the United Kingdom and in particular the use of the private finance initiative and related methods.

Design/methodology/approach
An in-depth study of two local improvement finance trust schemes to procure new primary health care premises. These are contrasted against the ad-hoc arrangements for the traditional procurement of general practice doctor's surgery premises. Interviews were undertaken with key participants on both sides of the negotiations.

Findings
The process can be an unequal struggle between large consortia and small, inexperienced clients that may result in a wasted opportunity to obtain the optimum design and price.

Research limitations/implications
The research is limited to early use of the local improvement finance trust process and procedures; client bodies, such as primary care trusts, may benefit from the experience of earlier projects. The method of procurement will evolve and be refined and will become more widely used, not only for health but also in the education sector. Further examination of the procurement of education buildings using similar methods would be beneficial.

Originality/value
This method of procuring buildings is relatively new, and therefore, largely untried.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: national, health, services
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2010 14:49
Last Modified: 10 May 2017 16:42
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2878

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