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Estates Team

Estates 

The Estates team is a vital support service to East Cheshire NHS Trust. Having a well trained and competent team ensures that we will maintain a sustainable, safe, efficient and effective service for the future. The Estates team covers an area of 7 football pitches over 3 main sites including Macclesfield District General Hospital, Congleton War Memorial Hospital and Knutsford Community Hospital. It is a complex and challenging environment to work in with various customer groups and high expectations.

There are various roles different roles within the department - Associate Director of Estates, Estates Operations Manager, Head of Capital Projects, Asset and Sustainability Manager, Engineering Manager, Contracts Manager, Estates Officers, Workshop Manager, Decontamination technicians, Medical Technicians, Engineering Technicians, Handy men, Joiners, Plumbers and admin support.

The Estates team were awarded the team of the month award in September 2018. The team is constantly investing in new equipment to upgrade their systems to meet the latest standards and regulation through the capital plan. They work closely with the project team to align skills and experience.

Various individuals have progressed within the team over the years. One team member, Martin Hough, shares his story which you can read by clicking here. The department are also keen on 'growing their own' and take on Apprentices, to give younger people the exposure and experience they need in a real life work setting. 

To read more information on the various teams within the Estates Department, see below:

Operations

The Estate Operations team cover a varying array of engineering disciplines including;

  • Electrical high voltage
  • Electrical low voltage
  • Medical Devices
  • Decontamination
  • Medical gases
  • Water systems
  • Ventilation
  • Pressure systems
  • Building (civils)

It is an interesting and dynamic department which works as a support service to the main hospital within the East Cheshire Trust footprint. We respond to urgent breakdowns and carry out planned preventative work to ensure all the various departments have the required infrastructure to meet the patient’s needs.

Community Estate

As a combined Acute and Community Trust, ECT has numerous leasehold properties throughout Cheshire. From which we operate outpatient’s clinics and CCG commissioned services. With changing clinical demands, contracts and the continuous strive for cost efficiencies the community estate forms an important part of the function of East Cheshire NHS Trust. There are several space utilisation projects underway to maximise our estate and realise significant cost savings and exciting opportunities through service co-location projects and partnership working with other public sector bodies and NHS Trusts.  

Energy & Sustainability

Continued success and high operational efficiency of the CHP and supporting energy efficiency measures through CEF (Carbon Energy Fund) scheme, has enabled the Trust to achieve cost and carbon benefits since the scheme began.  The CEF scheme, comprising of 3,250 LED lights, CHP (Combined Heat & Power Plant), air conditioning systems and plant control measures shall realise a total cost saving of £2.5m over 15 years until at least 2029 which the Trust can reinvest into patient care.

ECT remains on target for 2020 to achieve a 34% reduction in carbon emissions against 1990 emission levels. The target set by the Government NHS Carbon Reduction Strategy which also aims to deliver an NHS carbon reduction target of 80% by 2050. The Trust is working closely with other public sector and low carbon bodies to identifying innovation in order to deliver the 2050 target.

Capital Projects

The Capital Projects team delivers a wide variety of projects from inception to completion, liaising closely with nursing staff, Infection Prevention and Control, Operational Directorates, the Fire Officer, Health and Safety and other key stakeholders.The key role of the Capital Projects team is to develop / improve the existing Estate, addressing backlog maintenance, statutory requirements and operational improvements to support and improve the Trust’s clinical activity.Projects generally range from minor refurbishment works to larger scale reconfigurations, extensions and new builds.

Key elements of the Capital team role include:

  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Project and contract management
  • Delivering to time, cost and quality parameters
  • Project delivery whilst minimising impact on ongoing clinical activity
  • Working to best practice guidelines (HBNs and HTMs)
  • Forward planning / supporting delivery of the Estates Strategy
  • Budget management

 

 

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