7 March - GGI announces new national research programme with Primary Health Properties to explore healthcare estate development in ICSs

07 March 2022

The Good Governance Institute is partnering with Primary Health Properties to conduct research into the opportunities for healthcare estate development under integrated care systems.

The Good Governance Institute (GGI) is pleased to announce that it is partnering with Primary Health Properties (PHP), a leading investor in modern healthcare properties in the UK, to conduct research that will explore opportunities arising from the development of primary, community and outpatient care estate for integrated care systems (ICSs).

The focus of the research will be on understanding how modern, purpose-built estate can support the delivery of ICS goals, and exploring examples of where this is already being actively pursued.

GGI and PHP will produce two white papers based on this research - one in June and one in November. Both will be made freely available. The focus of the white papers will be:

  • Investing in new foundations for the health and wellbeing of communities – exploring how PHP can support ICSs by delivering new, modern, primary care buildings and contribute to the integration agenda and net zero goals of the NHS.
  • Investing in the infrastructure of health in place – supporting ICSs and their partners with primary care estate development and refurbishment.

A number of supplementary shorter publications will be produced as part of the research programme and a roundtable event will be held in July. The articles will address topics covered in the white papers and the focus of the roundtable event will be to test the themes explored in the white papers.

Andrew Corbett-Nolan, chief executive of GGI, said: “The era of integrated care will have a profound effect on many aspects of healthcare management, including estate development. As clinical commissioning groups close and ICSs pick up responsibilities for healthcare estates, this research will explore how modern, local primary healthcare facilities can support the ambitious public health goals of integrated care.”

PHP chief executive Harry Hyman commented: "The COVID-19 pandemic underlined the important role played by modern, integrated, local primary healthcare facilities in addressing the growing pressures on Britain’s healthcare system. Throughout 2021, PHP worked with the NHS, HSE and our GP tenants to help them utilise our properties for deployment in the front line of the pandemic, delivering vaccines and boosters across the UK and Ireland.

“The need to relieve the pressure on hospitals and A&E departments and to tackle the elective waiting list is becoming ever more pressing. We’re keen to understand the role of the healthcare estate in meeting these challenges and how this picture will evolve due to the integrated care model. This research will help us do just that.”

About Primary Health Properties (PHP)

Primary Health Properties (PHP) is a UK real estate investment trust and leading investor in modern primary healthcare premises.

PHP’s portfolio comprises 521 primary healthcare facilities valued at £2.7 billion. Most are GP surgeries, with other properties let to NHS organisations, pharmacies and dentists. PHP invests in flexible, modern properties. The company’s overall objective is to create progressive returns to shareholders through a combination of earnings growth and capital appreciation.

To achieve this, PHP has invested in healthcare real estate let on long-term leases, backed by a secure underlying covenant where the majority of rental income is funded directly or indirectly by a government body.

More: https://www.phpgroup.co.uk/about-us/