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Dorset Trust seals strategic estates partnership with Interserve Prime

by Interserve Press Office | Sep 07, 2017

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (DCH) and Interserve Prime (IP) have announced a new joint venture (JV) partnership, to enable the strategic transformation of the Dorchester hospital estate.

The 10-year agreement will see IP work with the Trust to develop and deliver its estate strategy and in line with Dorset’s Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), support its vision to be at the heart of an integrated, patient-centred health and care system. Dorset is one of eight areas nationally leading the way to become an Accountable Care System, an ‘evolved’ version of an STP which will integrate care at a local level.

The partnership will design, build and secure finance for new facilities required by DCH, as well as providing the Trust with a spectrum of estates and support services. It will also support DCH to realise a number of commercial opportunities within its estate, which will allow the Trust to generate additional income to help deliver its wider healthcare strategy.

The partnership’s immediate focus will be the development of a site-wide masterplan in consultation with health and care system partners and local stakeholders. The masterplan will enable the Trust to develop new facilities, deliver its clinical aspirations and create a more welcoming environment for patients, visitors and staff.

Nick Johnson, Director of Strategy and Business Development at DCH said: “This partnership will help us to retain and maximise the value of our estate and develop the site in line with the wider health and care system plans in Dorset and we are looking forward to working with Interserve Prime.”

IP is a joint venture between international support services and construction group Interserve and healthcare property company Prime. It has a strong track record in the acute sector, and the 10-year deal with DCH is the company’s third Strategic Estates Partnership, following joint ventures with University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Leighton Chumbley, Director at Interserve Prime said: “We are very excited to have been appointed to work with Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on its future estate plans. Through our combined development and commercial expertise, we are looking forward to supporting the Trust in achieving its long and short-term objectives through the strategic transformation of the hospital estate.”

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About Interserve Prime

Interserve Prime is a joint venture (JV) between international support services and construction group Interserve and healthcare property company Prime, bringing together specialists with track records in healthcare planning, estate strategy, property development, construction, facilities management and finance to offer flexible estate solutions.

IP’s focus is creating long term partnerships with NHS Trusts, such as Strategic Estates Partnerships (SEPs), to shape and deliver estate masterplans to achieve Trusts’ strategic visions and result in affordable, high quality facilities that improve the patient, visitor and staff experience.

IP is already working in two such partnerships, including a joint venture with University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and a further SEP with Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

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About Dorset County Hospital

Dorset County Hospital was established in 1991 as part of a long–term project to bring together all the local services for acutely ill patients onto one hospital site. The new hospital, just outside Dorchester town centre, was completed in 1997.

We were awarded Foundation Trust status in June 2007.

Our busy, modern hospital provides a full range of district general services, including an accident and emergency department, and links with satellite units in five community hospitals.

We are the main provider of acute hospital services to a population of around 250,000, living within Weymouth and Portland, West Dorset, North Dorset and Purbeck. We also provide renal services for patients throughout Dorset and South Somerset; a total population of 850,000.

Our 3,000 staff work in GP surgeries, schools, residential homes and people’s own homes as well as Dorset County Hospital and the community hospitals.

Dorset County Hospital has approximately 400 beds, seven main theatres and two day theatres, and has been designed with a major commitment to Public Arts in Hospital. Related services are grouped into three connected wings: North, South and East. Entry to the hospital is gained via nine main entrances.

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About Interserve

Interserve is one of the world’s foremost support services and construction companies. Our vision is to redefine the future for people and places. Everything we do is shaped by our core values. We are a successful, growing, international business: a leader in innovative and sustainable outcomes for our clients and a great place to work for our people. We offer advice, design, construction, equipment, facilities management and frontline public services. We are headquartered in the UK and listed in the FTSE. We have gross revenues of £3.7 billion and a workforce of circa 80,000 people worldwide.

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Rhys Jones 
Group Head of PR
+44 (0) 7909 605336
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