The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) has partnered with NHS Property Services Ltd to provide membership and professional development for 1,500 of its employees.
Currently spearheading a major transformation project, NHS Property Services manages and maintains 10% of NHS property estate. Its aim is to drive efficiency through effective estates management and FM support services. Since its inception in April 2013, NHS Property Services has reduced the running costs of the property services it manages by £78 million, with the money saved being reinvested back into the NHS.
Membership of BIFM will provide 1500 nominated NHS Property Services employees with the information, guidance, networking opportunities and continuing professional development tools to develop their professional skills and competences. This partnership will see the two organisations working together to map development paths using the Institute’s FM Professional Standards framework to identify skills gaps and training needs. A customised programme of formal development opportunities through BIFM qualifications and training will also be available for these members.
Gareth Tancred, CEO of BIFM, said: “NHS Property Services is introducing benchmarks and management audits not just to performance and price but, as today’s announcement shows, to staff learning and development. Our professional standards are the essential roadmap for anyone in the FM profession who takes their career seriously. Backed up with formal qualifications, training and membership levels they reflect what is required of a modern FM professional and the competences and skills to be effective. As a professional body, we are dedicated to supporting FM professionals and we look forward to forging a meaningful, lasting and productive relationship with our new partners.”
Read the full press release via the BIFM website