Update on NHS Trust benchmarking


ISSN: 0263-2772

Article publication date: 1 May 2000




Pickles, J. (2000), "Update on NHS Trust benchmarking", Facilities, Vol. 18 No. 5/6. https://doi.org/10.1108/f.2000.06918eab.004



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Update on NHS Trust benchmarking

Edited by Jenny Pickles,New Developments Section Editor

Update on NHS Trust benchmarking

Keywords Premises management, Operating costs, National Health Service

The continued use of the BMI Standard Form of Property Occupancy Analysis has enabled the Pembrokeshire and Derwen NHS Trust to control and plan its estate management budgets. A recent study[1] shows the performance and costs of the estate over the past eight years.

Alan Cowan, BMI Technical Consultant, commented that: "an analysis of eight years of consistently collected data on the running costs of the health estate provides a unique source of benchmarking data for anyone involved in looking after health-care buildings".

The estate comprises three hospitals, one day hospital, seven health centres and three ambulance stations. The analysis shows expenditure year by year on improvements and adaptations, decoration, fabric maintenance, services maintenance, cleaning, utilities, admin costs and overheads.

The average annual occupancy costs of each building type (see Figure 1) at 1st quarter 1999 prices, are as follows:

Hospitals   £7,897/100m2Ambulance stations   £3,689/100m2Health centres   £5,747/100m2Day hospital/conference centre   £5,415/100m2

Figure 1 Average annual occupancy costs (£/100m2)


  1. 1.

    BMI Special Report 284: Health Care Building Occupancy Cost Benchmarking. Available as part of the BMI subscription service, or individually priced £30.00, from BMI, 12 Great George Street, Parliament Square, London SW1P 3AD.

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