As the Interim National Chair I would like to welcome you to the official website of the Health Estates and Facilities Management Association, often known simply as HEFMA. For over 30 years we have been representing and championing the Estates and Facilities professions in healthcare throughout the United Kingdom.

This website is our portal to all the information you may need about HEFMA and its activities nationally and in your local area.  It contains news stories, articles and guidance from a number of sources to help keep you up-to-date professionally and informed on the latest innovations.  You can access electronic copies of our magazine, the Pulse, for even more informative articles and reports. Our commercial partners also advertise their products and services to help you identify the most suitable solutions and support for you in your professional role.

If you or your organisation are a member of HEFMA please use your personal login to search the member-only content in the website.  Inside you will find a library of essential guidance, standards and related technical articles to help you and your colleagues deliver the highest quality of service to your organisation, patients, service users and staff.  We have a coaching and mentoring section where you can volunteer to help and support your colleagues or to receive support to help you build your career.  You can find slide packs from our previous events and National Forum, and, if you missed any of our recent Virtual Series, recordings of each event are available that you can play back at your leisure.  There is also a really useful ‘Helpdesk’ button where you can ask questions of the entire national membership on any subject about which you need information.  Follow the instructions under the ‘Log in’ button at the top of this page to create a member account. 

If you are not a member of HEFMA yet, you can submit a membership application simply by clicking on the ‘Join Us’ button at the top of this page.  We have a range of membership options for health providers, commercial companies and individuals and we would love to have you as part of our association.  Becoming a member allows you to engage with your fellow E&F professionals in your local area and take part in regional and national events to gain and share knowledge, experience and specialist expertise.  At HEFMA we pride ourselves on being an inclusive organisation with energetic regional branches where our members at all levels in their careers can feel supported, inspired and enthused to deliver great health care to our population.  HEFMA belongs to its members and we welcome everyone getting involved and sharing their experiences.

This website is also the best place for the latest news and information about our national Forum, our annual awards and other events that we support, such as the new National Healthcare Estates & Facilities Day.

I hope you enjoy browsing our website and find what you are looking for.  Please use the site as your first stop in finding the best solutions for you and your organisation, and if you can’t find what you need, please tell us in the ‘Contact Us’ section.  We love to hear from our members and will try to incorporate all your ideas to ensure our website remains the most valued source of information for you.



The patient is the focal point for everything we do.

For over 25 years the Health Estates and Facilities Management Association (HEFMA) has been representing estates and facilities management within the NHS across England. Our members are responsible for managing the day-to-day operation of all hospitals within an NHS Trust, including maintenance and support services.

HEFMA has strong links with Estates and Facilities professionals in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Association has Memorandum of Understanding agreements for close working relationships with other professional bodies in the sector, including the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals, the Hospital Caterers Association and the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management.

HEFMA works with NHS England and NHS Improvement, advising on matters concerning Estates and Facilities, including new standards, and, through its membership, helping NHS Trusts to deliver against new policy and performance programmes for non-clinical activities.

Click on a region below to view the information for each of our regional branches.

Branch meetings are held via Teams, with regular discussions on topical issues, such as apprenticeships, workforce recruitment and retention.

The Branch holds regular meetings and seminars, consulting members about the topics they would like to be featured in discussions, such as PAM, PLACE and HEFMA’s four strategic workstreams.

The Branch holds regular meetings and works with Eastwood Park to host training seminars. Eastwood Park also hosts the SW Branch Annual Forum, in September.

The Branch is currently holding its meetings at the Black Country and Marches Institute of Technology in Dudley.

The West Midlands is the host Branch for the 2025 HEFMA Leadership Forum, taking place in Telford.

The Branch meets regularly on Teams and runs a well-attended Branch Conference every year in November.

As well as regular meetings with presentations from guest speakers, the Branch hosts an annual Knowledge Day in November at the Wrightington Hotel and Country Club near Wigan. Other Branch officers are Vice-Chair John Fairhurst and Treasurer Chris Murphy.

Meeting via Teams, the Branch has regular presentations from guest speakers, with recent events covering a soft FM update from NHS England, apprentices and net zero goals.

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Tim Litherland
Geoff Neild
Interim National Chair
Alison McCree
National Secretary
Mervyn Phipps
Jonathan Stewart
Past National Chair
David Moss
National Vice-Chair
Mark Barriball
South West Branch
Richard Best
West Midlands Branch
Ian Daccus
London & SE Branch
Christopher Todd
Eastern Branch
David Sanderson
Northern & Yorkshire Branch
Carrie-Ann Cruickshank
Eastern Branch
Cliff Howell
North West Branch & Digital Sub Group Lead
Nick Phillips
Trent Branch & Sustainability Sub Group Lead
Paul Bond
South West Branch


Benefits of membership

  • Regular Branch meetings with a range of speakers address topics that will be of interest to most managers working in the Estates and Facilities environment
  • Branch meetings enable members to network with colleagues from other Trusts
  • A national network to share information, best practice, or seek advice from facilities teams throughout the UK.
  • An annual National Leadership Forum with expert speakers from the world of Estates and Facilities Management as well as Healthcare Leaders
  • Local conferences and study days, organised locally by Branches
  • Access to the members-only areas of HEFMA’s website
  • Complimentary printed copies of HEFMA’s magazine, the HEFMA Pulse
  • Access to Training and Development Bursaries.


How to join

Joining is easy. Four membership categories are available:

  • Full NHS Trust
  • NHS National
  • Commercial
  • Individual

Individuals or organisations wishing to apply for membership of HEFMA should complete the application form, ensuring all sections are filled in, which will help the Association to make a prompt decision about the suitability of the applicant for membership in the requested class.

The form includes a section for a supporting statement. This should be used to explain any particular reasons for the application and what contribution the applicant may make to HEFMA’s activities. This section is most pertinent to Commercial and Individual membership categories.

You can click here for further details on the procedure for membership applications and terms.