How much has the programme cost to date?

To secure £500m investment for Epsom and St Helier Hospitals we had to submit a detailed, costed Pre-consultation business case to set our case for local investment. So far, we’ve spent £2.8m to secure £500m investment.

This has included work such as clinical model development, financial and activity modelling, travel analysis, and patient flow predictions, assessments of the impact on our diverse communities and large-scale engagement on a wide ranging options appraisal. Expertise we do not use routinely in running services in the NHS day-to-day, we have it buy it in.

It is estimated that carrying out our consultation activities in January-April 2020 will cost around £1m. We are determined to make sure our consultation plans are thorough, wide-ranging and transparent to enable as many people as possible to have their say on the proposals. Local people expect us to do this and it is our legal duty to do so.

The “Improving Healthcare Together Programme” has been awarded a ‘best practice’ standard for its public consultation plan from an independent organisation called ‘The Consultation Institute’.

We will publish the information on programme costs for 2019/20 after 1 April 2020 when the figures have been finalised, we will not be able to provide an accurate breakdown until the final accounts have been submitted.

 Costs during 2017/18Costs during 2018/19
Programme team£153,238£743,980
External consultancy£249,591£901,577
Expert advice to programme£753,819
Other costs£28,277

IHT Costs for 2017/18 by CCG area:

CCGShare of cost based on Trust patient activity (%)Amount paid
Surrey Downs43%£196,114

IHT Costs for 2018/19 by CCG area:

CCGShare of cost based on Trust patient activity (%)Amount paid
Surrey Downs43%£1,043,891.11