Global City Futures are appointed by the North Bristol NHS Trust to develop an outline and full business case for the new £50m Elective Centre at Southmead, serving Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG). The Trust recently received national approval for building the new Centre that will provide 40 beds and increase quality of healthcare for the region.
Global City Future’s are delighted to play a part in supporting the Trust’s strategy; ‘to put the patient first by delivering outstanding patient care’. The Elective Centre will be supporting the Bristol region’s healthcare capacity issues, in particular the shortage of non-elective beds and the rising elective waiting lists at the North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) and University Hospitals Bristol and Weston (UHBW).
The Trust and University Hospitals Bristol have significant issues addressing the current backlog in elective procedures. This is an ongoing capacity issue for both Trusts that has been compounded by rising demand, the ageing population, an increase in more complex cases, and more recently, by Covid. A shortage of non-elective beds and the increase in emergency pressure has led to rising elective waiting lists at both Trusts.
Global City Futures delivered an Outline Business Case for a new Elective Centre within constrained time scales, and within a defined cost envelope to meet the funding requirements. We collaborated both within the Trust’s multidisciplinary consultant team as well as with the system partners impacted by the centre.
Developing a business case
Due to internal capacity constraints, and the requirement for specialist knowledge to present the most compelling case, Global City Futures were appointed alongside design and cost consultants by The North Bristol Trust. Our team led on the delivery of the financial and economic cases for the Outline Business Case, which set out the case for an elective centre on the Southmead site to support the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire health system capacity issues.
Given the tight timeframe of this project, the Global City Future team worked diligently to ensure targets were met by all parties and provided quality control throughout. Having been recommended on the basis of Global City Futures’ reputation for delivering on time, this project has combined the skillset of Global City Futures with the invaluable local knowledge and expertise of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
Tricia Down, the Associate Director of Strategic Estate Development and Sustainable Health for North Bristol NHS Trust had this to say about working with the Global City Futures consulting team:
“The North Bristol Trust recently received national approval to its Outline Business Case for a £50m elective centre at Southmead. Global City Futures took responsibility for the economic case and the finance case. We received praise from NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care for our Outline Business Case and particular mention was given of the high quality of the economic and finance cases.
Global City Futures took responsibility for acting as business case authors for the relevant sections in the Outline Business Case and we managed this well between us with a clear document management process.
Global City Futures work very well with us as part of our project team. They are flexible, responsible and a pleasure to work with. They have high levels of accuracy and we have confidence in whatever they produce. They are now assisting us with the Full Business Case and will be the authors for the economic and finance cases again. They also take responsibility for the Comprehensive Investment Appraisal and all associated elements. We have since commissioned them to draft the Outline Business Case for our key worker housing scheme.
I have no hesitation in recommending them to you.”