Philip Ashcroft recently retired from his post as Principal Engineer - Senior Policy and Strategy Lead (Hard FM) within the Operational Productivity Directorate at NHS Improvement. Philip was responsible for all policy and parliamentary work relating to NHS Estates Hard Facilities Management (FM) service.
He was responsible for providing advice, guidance and support to Ministers, allied policy teams in NHS Improvement and to health and social care commissioners and providers in England on these and other healthcare engineering subject areas. He was also responsible for the monitoring of estates related defects and failures and the issuing of Estates and Facilities Alerts in England.
Philip was the project lead to update HTM 04-01: Safe Water in Healthcare Premises, the decontamination guidance documents (HTM 01-01 surgical instruments and HTM 01-06 flexible endoscopes), HTM 07-02 EnCO2de 2015, HTM 06-01 and the new CAMHS HBN 03-02. He also led on the project relating to the potential contamination of water distribution systems in augmented care units with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, culmination of the project being the publication of HTM 04-01: Addendum Pseudomonas aeruginosa – advice for augmented care units.
Philip joined NHS Improvement on 1st February 2017 after the Estates function was transferred from the Department of Health. Prior to this transfer he held the role of Principal Buildings and Facilities Management Services Engineer at the Department of Health from March 2008 after 25 years with Yorkshire Water in various engineering roles. Philip also worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 4 years prior to his career in the water industry.
Philip is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, a Chartered Environmentalist and a Member of the Institute of Engineering Technology. He also sits on British Standards committees for BS 7671 "Requirements for Electrical Installations. IET Wiring Regulations and, the currently in production BS67000 Resilient Cities.