Skip to main content

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Emergency Village

Drees & Sommer were appointed to provide strategic management services, including Programme Director and Project Management Office, business case writing, and healthcare planning services to develop and submit the Outline Business Case and Full Business Case for the redevelopment of the Trust’s Critical Care and Emergency Department. We have also provided estate wide energy audits as part of a previous appointment with the Trust.

The project transformed the emergency department footprint, to improve quality of patient care and experience. The scheme created an ambulatory village and re-designed all non-elective care pathways as well as the centralisation of the critical care units across the Trust, which were in three locations, to create a combined facility run by a single clinical and management team.

Engagement with clinical stakeholders was established from the outset, to develop a robust set of Employers Requirements. For the clinical reviewed the following information to ensure that data and our assumptions are tested where necessary: demography, area profiles, trends, population projections, and workforce needs.

Equal emphasis was placed on community capacity in addition to acute capacity as part of a whole system approach to support sustainability and affordability.

One of the key challenges was the phasing of the project as it was necessary to maintain a live clinical environment. We helped mitigate and validate business continuity and clinical reliance, for both the emergency department and critical care facilities. As part of our consultancy we developed a suitable phasing strategy to ensure that these services remained functioning whilst work was carried out.

Related Projects