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Meet the team – Jonathan Keegan, General Manager of Community 1st Sheffield and Oldham

Community 1st Oldham and Sheffield were established in 2004 and 2005 respectively as a local joint venture public private partnership with the aim to develop and maintain community-based primary health, social care, and community premises in these local areas.

Meet our General Manager. As the General Manager, I am responsible for the overall direction and control of Community 1st Sheffield and Oldham reporting to our local boards. I look after the day to day management of the Company and have oversight of the provision of services from Community 1st and our supply chain.

Local partnerships: What has Community 1st Sheffield done in partnership with local public sector partners to contribute to transforming communities?

The innovative and award-winning buildings that we have designed, funded and delivered have transformed the provision of healthcare in these areas. Each of these buildings was designed to be flexible to accommodate future service changes, meet the needs of building users and maximise efficiencies.

These buildings comprise over 429,000 sqft of the highest quality health and community estate across these areas. These buildings have massively improved the clinical environment in Sheffield, relocating services previously provided from outdated, often inaccessible buildings that were not fit for purpose into modern and effective facilities conveniently located near to local residents.

We are procurement cleared, have the resources and skills in place to support any local health estate projects in these areas.

Flexible Solutions:

The comprehensive range of in-house resources offered by Community 1st Sheffield and our supply chain means that we can respond quickly with solutions that meet the distinct set of challenges faced by our partners. Every successful project we deliver involves a unique blend of selections from the array of funding, design, delivery and operational options available – there is no ‘off-the-peg’ response to our clients’ specific objectives.

As well as new build projects, Community 1st has supported a wide range of capital works projects from electrical or heating upgrades to large-scale refurbishments and remodelling of existing premises.

We have a wide portfolio of local experience which you can see here.  Sheffield and Oldham

Future plans: We will continue to work with partners across the NHS and wider public sector, to help provide modern, fit for purpose buildings that give access to a range services close to people’s homes. In particular, we are working on adaptations and variations to existing primary care premises to accommodate new service requirements quickly and affordably to minimise value for money from existing assets.

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We would love to discuss what we can do to support your local health estate project. Contact us today:

General Manager: Jonathan Keegan


Phone: 0161 831 9722




Across our Community 1st areas – Oldham, Sheffield and Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, we have always recognised the important impact our local partnerships have on community regeneration and local social impact.

We remain committed to supporting local regeneration and local economic impact. Working with like minded partners and supply chain is a key part of turning these commitments into reality.

Through our supply chain partners we have created local office bases for our estate team, creating local employment opportunities and a commitment to equal opportunities, diversity and inclusion.

Its great to see our Facilities and Construction Management Partner Blue Support Services celebrate International Women’s Day in Engineering 2020 and demonstrating their commitment to equality of opportunities for women in this sector.

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Its great to see the recognition our Property and Facilities Management teams have received for their amazing support in keeping all our managed health estate full operational during ‘lock down’.

The team have continued to safely maintain our high standard of estate service as well as working with our NHS partners on rapid adaptions to some of our managed health estate building to support the NHS changing service needs and in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Its always great to see the impact of our local teams and partners working together.

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We want to thank our property, facilities and construction teams who have been working safely to provide essential estate management support to all of our health centres during Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Our expert estate team have been able to adapt quickly to all government guidance so that essential works to support our NHS partners during this time to adapt their services in response to the Coronavirus pandemic have been responded to without delay.

During the last few months, our property and facilities management teams have delivered:
• Variation works to Jordanthorpe Health Centre enabling the remodelling works have created extra capacity at Jordanthorpe Health Centre, allowing nurses and four additional GPs to start delivering their services from as early as this week.
• COVID-19 hubs to enable the NHS to be able to test patients safely
• Re-grouting and filling of the swimming pool at Chadderton Wellbeing Centre in Oldham

These are in addition to usual pre-planned maintenance and reactive maintenance jobs.

Full risk assessments and PPE are in place to support the team’s ability to continue to work safely during COVID-19.

We continue to adhere to all government guidance and continue to adapt where needed as a company.


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As an established long-term partner to the NHS, we work together with our local NHS partners to deliver strategic estate and facilities management solutions to a high standard that support the local health economy to transform health and social care delivery for local communities.

We are procurement cleared to provide a wide range of estate services. These services are provided by our long-term supply chain partners. Our Facilities Management partner Blue Support Services provide 24/7 reactive and pre-planned maintenance and all statutory compliance services across our managed health estate. Blue Support Services celebrated World Facilities Management day recently. Find out more about Blue Support Services here.


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Supporters of Mates in Mind

Proud to see our Facilities and Construction Management partner, Blue Support Services, becoming a supporter of leading UK Mental Health charity Mates in Mind.
Mates in Mind is an organisation that focuses primarily on people within the construction industry, as the statistics show men between the ages of 20 – 49 years are the ones at highest risk of suicide.

Mates in Mind supports organisations by providing them with skills, clarity and confidence on how to raise awareness within their own work forces by developing a bespoke mental health programme and knocking the stigma out of talking about mental health issues.

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Blue Support Services employ around 70 multi-skilled building services engineers, construction team and helpdesk support staff to support our managed health estate in Cornwall, Oldham and Sheffield.

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One of Sheffield’s flagship health centres has been remodelled to accommodate another GP practice.

Capital works to support changes to local service provision.

As of the end of March 2020 works completed on a refit of Jordanthorpe Health Centre, creating twelve new high-spec GP consulting rooms. The works were completed on behalf of Community 1st Sheffield as the building owner and the lead tenant, Community Health Partnerships.

The extra capacity created by this project has enabled Meadowgreen surgery and their patients to relocate from their previous locations on School Lane and Low Edges Road. This has allowed their four GPs and support team to start delivering services this week from the modern fit-for purpose facilities.

Jon Keegan, General Manager of Community 1st Sheffield said: “Jordanthorpe Health Centre was designed to be flexible to respond to the changing needs of the local population. We are delighted that this remodelling project enables more local patients to access these high-quality facilities.”

Throughout the works, the building continued to provide the existing high levels of services to registered patients from the Clover Group Practice and Community Dental Clinic as they remained in operation during the works. The Community 1st appointed construction and property management teams worked effectively to minimise any disruption to the day-to-day running of the building. They completed the project two weeks ahead of schedule.

Community 1st Sheffield has developed a total of seven primary care centres across the city for our local NHS and local authority clients. In addition, Community 1st Sheffield have also undertaken a considerable number of minor works and property adaptations to reflect the changing demands of Primary Care Services across Sheffield.


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