Faithful+Gould Key Player In Health Market

Dale Potts
Faithful+Gould has reinforced its position as a leading player in the UK health market with its appointment as national cost advisor to Welsh Health Estates and the National Assembly.

Over the next four years Faithful+Gould will be involved in ensuring continuous improvement throughout the construction and procurement processes on all major capital health projects in Wales.

The company will play an integral part in maximising the largest ever capital investment programme in the NHS in Wales, which aims to improve the way hospitals and other healthcare buildings are designed and constructed.

Faithful+Gould will be responsible for gathering, collating and managing all capital and whole life cost data, and establishing key performance indicators.

Health Minister Dr Brian Gibbons outlined the ambitious plans as he announced new supply chain models, formed as the first step in delivering Designed for Life: Building for Wales.

Three integrated supply chains led by HBG UK Ltd, Interserve Health Wales and Laing O'Rourke will be providing a whole range of services to Welsh NHS Trusts over the next four years to ensure that new buildings – costing more than £5m – will consistently meet national standards, are built in a sustainable way and achieve good value for money.

Integral to this will be the role Faithful+Gould is playing to help drive through best practice and monitor performance against key performance indicators.

Director Niall Sloan said, "This is a tremendous achievement and the result of a lot of hard work and effort across the Faithful+Gould business . This commission will strengthen our position as a key player in the UK health market."

Welsh Assembly Government capital investment in new buildings and equipment in the NHS has increased from £110 million in 2004-05 to £220million this year and will rise to £309million in 2007-08. It is therefore vital that this is spent efficiently and effectively to ensure the best quality of care for patients and working conditions for staff.

Health Minister Dr Brian Gibbons said, "This new model will give the NHS in Wales the necessary extra skills and expertise it needs so that we deliver on our ambition of creating a world-class health service in Wales. It is important that the buildings are designed and constructed to meet modern healthcare needs and that take account of their impact on their environment. High-quality buildings are so important in helping improve the speed at which patients recover from their treatment and help to attract the best health professionals to Wales."

The first schemes to be delivered through the new model will include the Ebbw Vale and Caerphilly Hospitals, which are due to open in 2009 and 2010 respectively.

The next stage of Designed for Life: Building for Wales will look at projects of less than £5million.