The proposed development of a new Health and Wellbeing Health Campus serving Shepton Mallet and its surrounding villages has taken a further step forward.
Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the GP led organisation now responsible for the planning and funding of the county’s health services, has placed an advertisement in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), inviting ‘expressions of interest’ from single organisations willing to provide key health services upon the campus.
The single service provider will be asked to deliver both surgery and diagnostic services, currently provided by the Shepton Mallet Treatment Centre, as well as community hospital and health promoting services. The successful provider will work pro-actively with Somerset CCG as the infrastructure for the proposed health campus is developed.
The views of local people and patient representatives have been central to the vision for a health campus. As a health campus the site provides the opportunity for real integration of community hospital services, (including inpatient beds) with the diagnostic and surgical facilities available from the Shepton Mallet Treatment Centre and family doctor services provided from a relocated, Grove House Surgery.
The contracts to provide health services on the proposed health campus will be delivered in a two phased process.
PHASE ONE will start from December 2016 when the new contract for health services starts. These services will include surgery and diagnostic services (currently provided by Shepton Mallet Treatment Centre) as well as community hospital services such as outpatient clinics, inpatient beds and a Minor Injury Unit. (See Editor’s Note for service list)
PHASE TWO will follow the completion of a partial re-build of the site as the health campus is developed. This second phase contract will follow and provide:
Health and wellbeing services promoting self-care and good health. The successful service provider will be also expected to collaborate closely with local charities and voluntary groups.
Medical Assessment Beds. Moderately ill patients in the community may be admitted to a Medical Assessment Bed for assessment of their health before determining whether they can be safely discharged home or need to be admitted to a community hospital bed.
An eight year contract will be awarded to the successful organisation worth in excess of £100 million pounds. There will be an opportunity to extend the contract for a further two years.
Organisations interested in becoming the scheme’s lead service provider have until 30 March 2015 to submit their expression of interest.
Enquiries or submissions of ‘expressions of interest’ for providing health services should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Invitations to negotiate phase one services are expected to take place this summer with a preferred bidder entering into formal negotiations with Somerset CCG from September 2015.
NOTE FOR EDITORS
PHASE ONE SERVICES INCLUDE:
(years 1-3 of contract)
Ophthalmology – including cataract and minor eye surgery
Orthopaedics – including hip and knee replacement
General surgery – including hernia repair
Provision of community hospital inpatient beds for rehabilitation
Specialist injection service – within the Somerset consensus for pain management
Pregnancy advisory service – medical terminations (performed at West Mendip Community Hospital)
Direct access diagnostic services to include x-ray
Endoscopy – including gastroscopy, colonoscopy diagnostic examinations
Satellite clinics for a variety of outpatient specialties. For example ENT, orthopaedics and ophthalmology clinics will be offered from the Frome Community Hospital site.
Therapy services to support provision of services on site including physiotherapy, speech and language, occupational therapy, orthotics, general dietetics and podiatry.
Minor Injury Unit, soft tissue viability and fracture clinic.
Out of Hours / Urgent Care facilities: Out-of-hours GP and Emergency Care Services will be located with the Minor Injury Unit.
PHASE TWO SERVICES
(in addition to phase 1 and starting from approximately year 3 onwards)
Services to support the illness prevention and self-help agenda via the provision of a Health and Wellbeing Centre (where the lead provider will be expected to collaborate with local charities and voluntary groups)
Medical Assessment Beds. Such beds are used to observe moderately ill patients and assess them before determining whether they can be safely discharged home or need to be admitted to a community hospital bed from the community.