Healthy choices – saving money for the NHS Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS foundation trust
NHS Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
Based in West Yorkshire, the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust runs Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Huddersfield and Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax. It became a Foundation Trust in 2006 and the estates comprise a range of ancillary buildings and accommodation units.
A far reaching relocation and estates upgrade by The Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust required a strategy to protect two vacant and potentially vulnerable properties within their estate. The Laura Mitchell Health Centre services and staff were moving to a nearby location and more modern premises and the property was deemed vulnerable due to its vacation. Southfield Hall had been used as doctor and student accommodation, but was no longer required due to other accommodation options in the local community. The existing security programmes needed to be overhauled and replaced with a cost-effective solution.
Measures in place prior to Ad Hoc’s engagement had mixed results, neither satisfactory to the Trust: a 24/7 security service employed at the Laura Mitchell Centre was effective but prohibitively expensive.
Ad Hoc Property Guardians lived in the property for 8 months from November 2012.
A regular patrol service for Southfield Hall, although more cost effective, was an ineffective deterrent for vandals and thieves who targeted the property during breaks in the patrols.
Ad Hoc Guardians lived in the property for 6 months from January 2013.
“Using a Property Guardian scheme was a new initiative for Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS, and one which has really paid off. The Property Guardian service benefits everyone involved; as an organisation we were able to secure the properties for a fraction of the cost of other security solutions and the Guardians have somewhere cost effective to live. The Ad Hoc Account Managers were fantastic, everything was taken care of, with easy site access for property viewings and maintenance and all issues dealt with swiftly and efficiently.”
Jennifer Lewis, Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust