Here we publish for the scope and process for the review into the Our Hospital Project. The review is part of the Chief Minister's 100 Day Actions, and it will report back to the States Assembly by 20 October 2022.
The Our Hospital review was announced on 1 September 2022.
Our Hospital Project Review Update
The construction of a new hospital is one of the most important tasks faced by the incoming government and has been a subject of public and political interest for some time. The complexity of the approach, requirements, timescale for delivery, cost and financing has meant that the project has seen a number of iterations, none of which have achieved the construction milestone of a modern, affordable, value for money, fit for purpose, and efficient hospital for Jersey.
The case for new hospital facilities has been established and accepted by the public. As such, the Chief Minister has outlined the requirement for a review that will allow the Government of Jersey to make properly informed decisions about the future of the project. The aim is to provide evidence based recommendations for the future of the project and to consider whether there may be options to deliver a more affordable and appropriate alternative, it will not seek to rerun or critique decision making of the project to date.
The review will:
assess the affordability of the current project in light of recent global events that have considerably altered the financial climate and fractured international supply chains
consider the state of the existing hospital and associated heath and care facilities, including an assessment of the measures required to ensure that they remain fit for purpose pending the delivery of new health and care facilities
consider measures currently being undertaken to improve and transform Jersey’s health service during this period
examine various options from a scope, operational efficiency, cost, programme and local economic impacts perspective, including, but not limited to:
a scheme at Overdale
- a scheme on the existing Gloucester Street site, utilising adjacent sites, such as Kensington Place
- opportunities for a longer term phased development at Overdale or Gloucester Street
- the opportunity to use secondary sites to complement the delivery of health and care from a primary hospital location.
A new site assessment process is not part of the review, as this would not enable the delivery of a new hospital within the required timescale.
Care will be taken to ensure that the development incorporates provision of delivery space for an appropriate range of health and care service for Jersey, contributes to a whole system of healthcare, addresses future care needs, is aligned to evidence based models of care and includes opportunities to exploit innovation and digital methods of care delivery.
The review will be informed by:
- a review of key project documents and sources of challenge and/or scrutiny, pertaining to various iterations of the project
- evidence from a range of stakeholders
- visits to completed hospital projects elsewhere in the British Isles
The review will be led by the Minister for Infrastructure and supported by a Principal Expert Adviser with extensive experience of large-scale capital projects in health and care.
The review and advice provided by expert adviser(s) will then be presented to the States Assembly by the Minister for Infrastructure, no later than 20 October 2022.