Releasing NHS Estates for community benefit

Lois Beech 09/02/17 Partnership working

The National Housing Federation has been working to explore new ways that housing providers and the NHS can work together to use NHS surplus land. NHS trusts often have surplus land, but do not have the skills or resources to develop and manage it. Given that early release housing or key worker housing could provide improved patient outcomes and reduce cost of care there is a strong case for housing providers and NHS trusts to work together in developing surplus land.

On this principle three uses have been identified:

1. step down facility
2. supported housing
3. key worker housing.

The challenge with these proposals are the Treasury targets for income and housing receipts.

This paper, including analysis from Frontier Economics seeks to explore the economic benefit and examine some specific case studies for how organisations can work together.

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