New leadership for new hospitals projects

Government appoints Natalie Forrest to oversee development of 40 new hospitals

Natalie Forrest
Natalie Forrest

 

 

The Government’s commitment to build 40 new hospitals by 2030 has been boosted by the appointment of Natalie Forrest to oversee the construction programme.

Forrest has worked in the NHS for over 30 years and is a registered nurse.

She most recently led the construction and operationalisation of NHS Nightingale London in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alongside this role, she was also Chase Farm Hospital’s chief executive, where she successfully led operational and clinical teams to design an innovative and ground-breaking new hospital, delivered to time, on budget, and without interrupting services.

In total, 48 hospitals will be built by 2030, with £3.7billion committed so far as part of the Government’s Health Infrastructure Plan.

In the North East, one of these schemes has just received final approval for the upgrade of mental health facilities in the region.

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust’s new £72.6m facilities – which will be finalised by 2023 – will improve the quality of mental health and learning disability services in the regions by combining innovative design with a holistic approach to patient care and safety.

Final approval has also been secured on Salford Royal’s £67.4m new hospital building, and construction work will begin soon.

This will be home to a major trauma centre treating patients who have experienced life-changing or life-threatening injuries – for example after a serious road traffic accident or fall.

Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, said: “I’m delighted to appoint Natalie into this role.

“She not only brings unrivalled experience in health management and nursing, but also the construction and project management knowledge that helped turn the Excel Conference Centre into a Nightingale Hospital in just nine days, as well as overseeing the rebuild of Chase Farm Hospital at pace.

“The New Hospital Programme – as part of our Health Infrastructure Plan – will transform the delivery of NHS healthcare infrastructure to build back better and will ensure our country has world-class healthcare facilities right across the country for decades to come.

Forrest added: “I am determined to build trust in our national capability in planning and delivering hospitals, not just with health and construction stakeholders, but with the staff and patients who will benefit from them on a daily basis.

“My goal will be to deliver these new hospitals cost effectively and at speed, and to foster an ecosystem that owns, learns from, and improves healthcare design.”

With over 12 years spent in NHS senior leadership roles, Forrest has extensive experience working with key clinical, board-level, and other NHS stakeholders.

Starting this month, she will oversee a delivery board across the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England and Improvement, which will work closely with a network of NHS trusts.

Overall, the New Hospital Programme will help develop new sustainability standards, planning capabilities, and care and workforce models. It will also implement cutting-edge digital technologies across the NHS and will support an integrated approach to building new healthcare infrastructure using Modern Methods of Construction.

 

Related Stories
Construction industry comes together to make history
UK manufacturers and design teams have been at the forefront of the country’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.
The healthcare building forum has been postponed to 18th & 19th March 2021
The healthcare building forum has been postponed to 18th & 19th March 2021 so It is not too late to register for your complimentary place and join a wide range of companies. If you are from the NHS trust, council, contractor, healthcare lead architect, care home designer, working on existing healthcare projects and looking to extend your supply chain.
Morgan Sindall Construction wins £19m contract at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospita
Morgan Sindall Construction has won a £19m contract to deliver an extension and programme of improvements to the emergency department at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust selected its main contractor for the scheme through the Southern Construction Framework; a collaborative delivery vehicle run by Hampshire and Devon County councils. Plans were submitted to expand the hospital’s busy A&E last year, due to significant service pressures.  The new build will hel...
Work due to start on Salford trauma hospital
NCA chief executive, Raj Jain, said: “This important facility has been many years in the planning with a number of our local, regional and national partners, and it’s great to now be just weeks away from the official start date of construction.” Rob Bailey, BAM’s healthcare construction manager, adds: “We have worked extensively on the design and programme with the trust to understand fully what its requirements are and to focus completely on what matters to them – providing a high-quality building in wh...
Flexibility and adaptability 'key' to the future of healthcare construction and
Speakers at last week's healthcare buildings forum Scotland called for a new approach to the delivery of healthcare infrastructure, driven by the response to the COVID-19 pandemic