Future Hospital Scrutiny Advisor Report Published

Thursday 3 November 09:39

The Health and Social Security Panel, chaired by Deputy Richard Renouf, formed a Sub-Panel in 2015 in order to review the future hospital project. The Sub-Panel has been following the project’s developments and appointed Concerto Partners LLP as its advisor.

Concerto Partners LLP deliver a range of project management, project assurance and project recovery services to their clients and are specialists in planning, organising and delivering complex project and programme management solutions. Concerto have reviewed over 100 health projects for the NHS, including new hospital construction projects and have helped other hospital trusts establish their own internal assurance functions.

As a preliminary piece of work before the final Proposition on the preferred site for the new hospital was lodged by the Council of Ministers, the Sub-Panel commissioned Concerto to undertake a desktop study of the future hospital project.

The Sub-Panel has received Concerto’s report and a summary document outlining key issues. The Sub-Panel has decided to publish these documents as evidence together with written responses which have been provided to the Sub-Panel by the Health and Social Services Department and the Department of Infrastructure.

Concerto recognises that many of the individual components necessary for the success of the future hospital project are coming into place but it particularly raises the following concerns

1. More work needs to be carried out to produce a long term integrated health strategy. This should plan how all elements of the health service will work together including acute, primary, social and community care services, digitisation, off island solutions, workforce recruitment and retention and back office functions;

2. Delivery of a new hospital is a complex matter, requiring robust management of the design, transition and construction processes. There are concerns about the project governance and the experience of project managing phased hospital construction projects;

3. The Council of Minister’s preferred option for the future hospital appears to score unfavourably against the Waterfront option in an independent appraisal and therefore the best answer may not be emerging;

4. Present proposals for the construction phase of the new hospital may have understated the risks of disruption to existing hospital services and patient inconvenience due to noise, dust and vibration

As the project has been a moving feast in the last couple of months, the Sub-Panel would like to emphasise that Concerto’s work has been based on the evidence that was available at the time of drafting. In that regard, the Sub-Panel will be holding a Public Hearing with the Minister for Health and Social Services to discuss Concerto’s findings. The Hearing will be held on Friday 4th November at 2:30 in the Blampied Room, States Building.

The Sub-Panel’s Chairman, Deputy Richard Renouf said: “We thank our advisor Concerto for undertaking this piece of work, which will be a valuable piece of evidence for our final report on the matter. We look forward to meeting with the Minister so that we are able to discuss Concerto’s findings and begin to formulate our own view.


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