Members of Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) the GP led organisation responsible for the planning and funding of Somerset’s health services, have given their approval to progress to the next stage of development of a new Health and Wellbeing Campus for Shepton Mallet.
At the February Part B meeting, Governing Body approval was given to procure services for the Shepton Mallet Health and Wellbeing site via an ‘Invitation to Negotiate’ procurement route.
At a meeting of the CCG’s Governing Body last week (27-5-15), members considered an update on the development and the outcomes from the first stage of the procurement for the scheme. This is an exciting initiative which proposes the rebuilding of the town’s community hospital, re-provision of inpatient beds, re-location of the Grove House Medical Centre onto the hospital site and enhanced diagnostic facilities being delivered from the Shepton Mallet Treatment Centre.
Consideration and approval of the next stage of the procurement process took place in the private part of the Governing Body meeting due to rules of commercial confidentiality. Somerset CCG is currently in the procurement phase of the health campus project having invited ‘expressions of interest’ from organisations willing to provide key health services upon the site. This process will take time, the CCG is expecting to issue preferred bidder status in May 2016, with a contract commencement date of December 2016. However, timescales could vary as the procurement process progresses.
Commenting on Somerset CCG’s decision to approve the scheme’s next stage of the procurement, Dr Harvey Sampson, the Chair of the Shepton Mallet Health Campus Project Group, said: “This is an important milestone in the process of developing the Health Campus for the people of Shepton Mallet and its surrounding villages.
“There has been a tremendous amount of work taking place behind the scenes in preparation of this development. I would like to thank everyone associated with the scheme, including patient representatives and hospital fundraisers, for their ongoing support. We still have more steps to take before we hope to get the final approval to build the scheme, but the support of Somerset CCG’s Governing Body is an important step towards this goal.”