A CHALLENGE TO THE BRIEF RESULTING IN AN INFORMED PROJECT PATHWAY
This commission was won by suggesting at interview that the proposed capital investment in a paediatric and neonatal unit should not be undertaken until a site wide master plan was agreed for the phased redevelopment of the campus.
The current facilities provide very poor adjacencies and accommodation. A number of options were developed and analysed to determine what the most effective investment in clinical accommodation should be.We argued that investment in the hospital’s ‘engine room’ – ED,Theatres,Imaging and a consolidation of inpatient beds was the most effective use of the available funding. This process led to a very different set of priorities being identified which, in turn, informed a much changed investment programme. The business case is currently being concluded. Projects such as this can provide a catalyst for clinicians and managers to reappraise the shape and the nature of the services which they provide.