As the article suggests, co-ordination is an important factor. We regularly discuss with clients to engage early with their local authority / authorities and ensure that they understand local healthcare requirements so that funds can be directed to services needed in the local area.
In the future, could we see community services pooling together to draw on funds and create social hubs in local areas? Simply put, yes, and the impact on the community estate could be significant as a result of rationalisation.
The benefits are already unfolding with the potential to use vacant space in our town centres (and those town centres being regenerated) and bringing the community together in one bespoke space would produce cost savings through efficiencies that could be reinvested.
It is imperative that the NHS establishes robust and well-coordinated processes to negotiate and capture s106 and CIL funding from the town planning system