The authors refer to their research into the role of facilities management (FM) within the National Health Service and local government in England and Wales. They compare the levels of FM awareness within these public bodies, the ability of FM managers to influence the decision‐making process, the relationship between these factors and the delivery of effective facilities management services and the relative importance given to FM in recent Government guidelines on best value in these two public services. Based on the findings of five research projects the authors have conducted in both sectors it illustrates how FM is not just a business opportunity but a rapidly expanding function that is gaining status as an important profession that warrants a high status in the strategic make‐up of both NHS Trusts and local government authorities.
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