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PUK Health aims to assist public sector bodies (for example, the Department of Health in England, NHS Trusts and Primary Care Trusts) introduce investment so that the Government can succeed in modernising the National Health Service. Effective procurement of new investment in hospitals, health centres and continuing care facilities is playing a crucial role in delivering new and improved health services.
PUK Health's activities have been focused, at one end, on very large hospital reprovisions (Barts and the London NHS Trust being the most obvious example) and, at the other, on creating and implementing, with the Department of Health, the NHS Lift programme for investing in primary care premises.
PUK Health works alongside the public body, acting as co-sponsor of the investment, jointly determining and implementing the chosen procurement policy. One key objective is to bolster client-side skills so that procurement of a project or programme is more efficient and effective. Typically, PUK Health uses either contractual or corporate joint venture mechanisms to exert influence and share risks with the public sector procuring authority.
As well as providing direct support to these projects and programmes, PUK Health has assisted the Department of Health develop its decontamination and hospital bundling initiatives, it has worked with the Scottish Executive Health Department to assess and develop a model for investment in primary and social care premises and has assisted the Strategic Investment Board in Northern Ireland push forward its hospital and primary care investment programmes.
PUK Health has also completed a number of assignments overseas typically working alongside national or provincial administrations. Example includes Canada and Mexico.