The HSE is seeking to hire a consultancy service to aid the implementation of its new capital strategy.
The HSE Capital and Estates Strategy 2022-2050 sets the direction for the future management, development, and investment of the healthcare estate in Ireland.
In a recently published tender document, the HSE said implementation planning in relation to the strategy has commenced.
The HSE is seeking to appoint a consultancy service in relation to financial modelling and investment planning, asset management, and digital systems development.
The consultancy service would also be expected to provide business intelligence, innovative design advice, and procurement and construction expertise.
“The SME [small and medium-sized enterprise] consultant will co-develop and deliver a clear pathway to achieve these goals within national constraints and policy, and deliver solutions for the future management, development, and investment of the healthcare estate in Ireland,” according to the tender.
“The strategy’s implementation will be iterative, and the implementation approach will be continuously updated as workstreams are established, subject matter expertise on boarded, and detailed programme plans developed.”
One of the main objectives of the strategy is to “develop an estate that is net carbon zero no later than 2050”.
Other key workstreams relate to strategic investment, the development of “data-driven” asset management, and progressing digital technologies to support capital investment; “innovative approaches” to design, procurement, and construction; and workforce planning.
In order to develop “a prioritised approach” on capital investment, as well as developing an appropriate maintenance budget for the HSE’s built portfolio, the Executive requires the condition of the estate to be accurately assessed to ensure a healthcare environment that is safe and fit-for-purpose.
“The HSE faces considerable challenges to ensure properties are fit-for-purpose, comply with statutory legislation, are of the required size, type, and location and are maintained in good order to ensure that capital and revenue budgets are spent wisely to achieve value for money,” according to the tender.
The HSE recently completed a survey of the acute service estate. A similar survey of the remaining community, primary, and administration accommodation buildings will be required.
In 2023, the consultancy service will deliver defined outputs in “the commissioning of the specific workstreams” in the implementation plan.
The implementation of the strategy will be a multi-year programme that requires “significant investment in time and resources”, according to the HSE.
The strategy and implementation plan will be reviewed annually and updated on a five-yearly basis to ensure continued alignment with HSE requirements.
The deadline for the tender is Friday 3 February.