What is the Health Infrastructure Programme?

The Health Infrastructure Plan, or HIP, was launched by the Department of Health and Social Care in October 2019.

The HIP sets out the broad objectives of the Government’s plan for capital spending in terms of ‘core’ NHS spending and also on the wider health and care infrastructure.

It sets out the delivery for a long-term rolling five year programme of investment in NHS infrastructure across hospitals, primary and community care estates and health infrastructures.

What is HIP2?

HIP2 is the second phase of the Government’s investment plan which describes its aims as addressing the impact of the ageing NHS infrastructure and backlog maintenance on the NHS’ ability to deliver modern, responsive patient care.

North Devon District Hospital (NDDH) has been selected as one of the sites included in this second wave of the Government’s investment plan.

What does this mean for Northern Devon?

This is an important vote of commitment for our hospital and our Trust and is likely to be the most significant investment in healthcare infrastructure for the population of Northern Devon since 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 Our Future Hospital?

Our Future Hospital describes the programme of work which is the Trust’s response to the HIP2 investment opportunity. The programme is overseen by a programme board, chaired by NDHT non-executive director Kevin Orford and with executive leadership. The work of the programme is led by the Our Future Hospital programme delivery group.

What does the programme look like?

We are identifying the investment we need to help us deliver our ambitions, and we will be doing this by developing a ‘full business case’ for submission this year (2021). The first milestone we need to meet before this is to create a strategic outline case – this is where we make a case for change based on our three workstreams of clinical strategy, our estates – are they fit for purpose and digitally connected care and describe the benefits the investment will bring.

Working within these workstreams, the Our Future Hospital programme has identified five ambitions:

  1. Fit for future service for our population
  2. Right care, right place
  3. Digitally optimised
  4. Fit for future workplace
  5. Fit for future estate

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

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: February 8, 2021