Health Procurement in Scotland
Mike Baxter, Deputy Director of the Scottish Futures Trust
Opening the debate on a sunny Glasgow afternoon to a 70 strong audience at the Lighthouse Gallery, Mike Baxter, an accountant by training, immediately made the audience at ease by relinquishing his tie in an effort to blend in with “a room full of architects”.
Mike outlined the context for the procurement of health buildings in Scotland, drawing interesting comparisons with the English system, and explained the key organizational difference in Scotland ie that Government policy is delivered through 14 health boards, who are responsible for all services from primary, community through to acute healthcare services. He pointed out that there are no equivalent PCT’s or Commissioning bodies and this is with the expressed aim of being to provide an integrated healthcare service across the full range of services.
Barrhead Health and Social Care Centre
Lead designers – Avanti Architect
We started our tour of four recently completed or under-construction health buildings at Barrhead. It was a grey and rainy day and we dodged the torrential showers to find shelter.
The new £18 million Barrhead Health and Social Care Centre was opened in 2011. It provides a wide range of health services, including GP, dental, physiotherapy and older adult day services, alongside community services such as district nursing, health visiting and home care. The centre is run in partnership between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and East Renfrewshire Council, with both organisations sharing ownership of the building.
Mike is the Deputy Director (Capital and Facilities) within the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates. Mike’s role covers asset management, the distribution and control of the capital budget for NHS Scotland as well as the development of capital investment policy within the Scottish Health sector. Mike is an accountant by background and spent 11 years in local government before joining the then Scottish Executive in January 2000. Mike was Head of the Private Finance and Capital Unit between 2002 and 2008 before taking up his current role. Mike is Chair of the Health Directorate’s Capital Investment Group, Chair of the European Health Property Network and a member of CIPFA’s Executive Committee in Scotland.
10 and 11 September – at The Lighthouse, Glasgow
2.00 – Registration and refreshments
2.20 – Welcome from AfH
2.30 – Health Procurement in Scotland: Mike Baxter, Deputy Director, Finance, eHealth and Pharmaceuticals, Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates
2.50 – Southern General Hospital: Neil Murphy, IBI Nightingale and Paul Serkis, Brookfield Multiplex Construction Europe
3.10 – Lessons from Small to Large: Dennis O’Keeffe NHS Dumfries & Galloway with Graeme Armet, Richard Murphy Architects and Colin Carrie, Keppie Design
3.30 – Discussion
3.45 – Primary Care Reference Design: Heather Chapple A+D Scotland
4.05 – Design Policy in Practice, a Client Perspective: Steve Shon, NHS Lothian
4.25 – Design for Primary and Community Care: Clare Kemsley, Gareth Hoskins Architects
4.45 – Discussion
5.00 – 6.00 – Networking Reception
9.00 – 5.00 – Visits by coach – Fully booked
Main event sponsor
Programme subject to change
Inspiring, stimulating and entertaining: three collaborative partnerships presented their projects integrating art works with architectural design. The audience were delighted.
Architects for Health’s summer event showcased projects with artists, architects, consultancies and clients featuring Wunderkammer at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity by Sue Ridge and Nicky Crane ; new work by Jane Willis and Studio Weave in Bristol; and the Macmillan Cancer Centre at University College Hospitals NHS Trust (UCLH) by Guy Noble, Arts Coordinator and Sophy Twohig from Hopkins Architects.
How can we do more with less?
From within the inspiring modernist setting of the Royal College of Physicians’ library endowed with ancient books on subjects as diverse as mathematics and the universe, AfH together with the European Health Property Network explored how to sustain the quality of healthcare design with less money and importantly, less political will to spend freely. Speakers and delegates from across the UK and mainland Europe shared ideas, plans, built examples and visions. The event generated a challenging and provocative discussion with the sense that significant changes will need to happen to make this possible over the next decade.
AfH stepped onto Danish territory for their latest event: another informative and thought-provoking evening, sponsored by Guldmann and hosted by the Danish Ambassador, within the iconic Arne Jacobsen Danish Embassy.
Following the Ambassador’s welcome address -making reference to Denmark’s long history of and commitment to healthcare and caring environments- John Cooper, AfH chair, cited the Paralympics as the catalyst for this year’s AfH focus on “designing for impairment”.
Architects for Health (AfH) organised an excellent ‘conference within a conference’ at IHEEM in Manchester Central.
Entitled Designs on Health, AfH ran 4 sessions as part of the main conference programme. Three showcased good practice examples encompassing international, UK and interdisciplinary perspectives. A panel of experts from trusts and design practice further discussed how to encourage and achieve good design in the future.