Since mid 2007, Powys County Council have been working hard with Powys teaching Health Board and Builth Wells GPs to develop health and social care services that will meet the needs of the people of Builth and surrounding area. Throughout the project there has been extensive engagement with stakeholders to develop a new model of care that is sustainable and acceptable to the public.
In January 2011, the Welsh Assembly Government approved £4.9 million for the construction of an integrated health and social care centre at the Brynhyfryd Residential Care Home site in Builth Wells. This capital allocation will take the form of a grant that will pass from the NHS direct to Powys County Council. The County Council will then oversee the design and build of the centre. This is the first time in Wales that such an arrangement has been agreed. The capital is also of key significance as it enables the closure of Builth Wells Cottage Hospital which effectively unlocks revenue savings that can be redirected to provide the enhanced community services. The co-location of health and social care services also provides a more efficient way of making the ‘Powys public pound’ go further.
The Builth project is part of a much wider programme of work and is seen as a pilot that needs to be rolled out to other areas of the county. The County Council have employed Capita Symonds Architects to design the centre up the planning application stage. From then on, the County Council have appointed Keir Wales Ltd to take over the design and construction of the centre. The contractors architects are Stride Treglown.
Since the grant announcement there have been a number of additional meetings with stakeholders and public drop-in sessions. You can download the report of these meetings here to find out what people think of the initial designs of the new centre and also the response of the Project Board to those views.
The new health and social care centre will provide a base for a range of health and social care services reaching out into the local community. At the current stage of planning, these services will include:
· Base for staff working in the community such as District Nurses and Home Carers
· A room for voluntary sector groups
· Outpatient accommodation for services such as Physiotherapy and Podiatry
· Dental practice
· Base for paramedics
· A large open space for group sessions such as health education groups
· 12 en-suite bedrooms, split between short stay GP beds and longer-term nursing beds
To see how these services compare with current services within the community, view the following balance sheet. The FAQ will also provide further information on the new development.
The project board are planning to have the new centre built by the end of 2012.
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