What is the New Hospital Programme (NHP)?

The Government has committed to build 40 new hospitals by 2030, backed by an initial £3.7 billion. Together with eight existing schemes, this will mean 48 hospitals by the end of the decade, the biggest hospital building programme in a generation. The hospitals will provide better care for patients, an improved working environment for staff and help the NHS reach its net zero carbon ambition. The commitment forms part of the wider Health Infrastructure Plan, a strategic long-term investment to ensure our world-class healthcare system and staff has the world-class facilities it needs for the future.

Find out more about NHP here

What does this mean for Northern Devon?

This is an important vote of commitment for our hospital and is likely to be the most significant investment in healthcare infrastructure for the population of Northern Devon since North Devon District Hospital (NDDH) opened in 1979.

It’s an incredible opportunity to ensure we have fit for purpose facilities for modern and digitally-enabled healthcare provision. The estates investment will also support us as we continue to develop our clinical strategy of locally integrated care and more widely networked models of care across Northern and Eastern Devon.

What is the Our Future Hospital programme?

Our Future Hospital is the NDDH programme set up to manage and deliver this investment opportunity.

You can find out more about how we are building our case for change here

What are the programme’s ambitions?


Our Five Ambitions infographic

What does Future Model of Care mean?

The future vision for healthcare is based on providing high quality urgent and emergency care to the local population, alongside consultant-led maternity services and specialist care – local where possible and networked, delivered in partnership where better. This will ensure the best patient outcomes alongside effective, efficient safe care. The MY CARE Northern Devon Programme will implement a new Electronic Patient Record across our acute and community teams on 9 July 2022. MY CARE Northern Devon will connect people and information, so no matter where care is provided – in hospital, community clinics or at home – our clinical teams will have the information they need at their fingertips to provide you with the best care possible.

To function effectively serving a rural population and address rising healthcare demand delivering good health outcomes, NDHT – like other Trusts – needs to consider its role in the healthcare system of the future.

How can I get involved?

What do our ambitions mean to you? If you would like to share your thoughts on our ambitions, or have any other comments on the programme, you can Get Involved here


Last updated: April 6, 2022