Future of Healthcare design?
Sumita Singha, Director, Ecologic Architects.
In the 20th and 21st century, advances in medicine and care have resulted in the lengthening of lives. The ageing and growing populations, greater prevalence of chronic and lifestyle diseases, increasing mental health issues, with exponential advances in innovative, but costly, technologies—have also increased health care demand and expenditures. This has resulted in the neglect of the very buildings from which healthcare is delivered from. Further, the procurement of healthcare estates mired in bureaucracy and financial complexities that affect the work of architects and stifle creativity. This brings back the question of how to deliver good quality healthcare buildings that improve the health and wellbeing of all users- from patients to staff in the most economical and sustainable way. The answers could be surprisingly simple.
Public Sector Frameworks
Louise Matthews, Key Account Manager, Procure Partnerships Frameworks
The Procure Partnerships Framework pushes the boundaries of how procurement can support public sector bodies to deliver their strategic targets. The framework has been built to be flexible giving clients’ choice with single stage or two stage procurement options and up to 8 forms of call off contract. There is also no fee for public sector bodies across the UK to access the framework and clients are always in full control of each projects procurement process via their individual ‘Project Page’ hosted upon the ‘Procure Partnerships ePortal’