Project update – January 2018
Since the decision in July to progress the development of a modern, purpose-built combined hospital and GP surgery for Edenbridge, we have been busy working hard behind the scenes.
We have established a programme board to oversee the development of the new combined hospital and surgery, ensuring it meets the needs of the people of Edenbridge and surrounding villages. The board will also make sure resources are used effectively.
It is jointly chaired on a rotating basis by the chief operating officer from NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the corporate services director from Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT). Members include the lead GP and the business manager from Edenbridge Medical Practice, the clinical services director from KCHFT, and a full-time programme and project manager, who has been specifically appointed to this project.
The first meeting saw these pieces of work kick-started:
- Clinical model: This is a priority – representatives from the GP practice, KCHFT and the CCG are looking at how staff from different organisations can work together most effectively in the new building and integrate the care they provide. This is so that patients get a more joined-up service, which helps to keep them well and to support them when their health takes a downturn. This will clarify what space is needed in the new building and how it should function, which is crucial for the other pieces of work.
- Communications and engagement: A strategy detailing plans for communicating with the many organisations and representatives interested in the project has been developed for review this month (January), when the board will also consider opportunities for public and patient engagement.
- Planning and location workstream: This will identify the best location for the building, and oversee its planning and design.
- Financial model workstream: A range of financial models will need to be developed to assess the best way forward.
The following design principles were also set at the meeting:
- Integration – creating shared spaces and working practices – the physical space needs to be very well used.
- Flexibility – the ability to change and adapt as new services or legislation require, which can be summed up as ‘long life, loose fit’.
- Value proposition (more for the same). The NHS will not support a scheme that does not deliver enhanced benefits and value for money.
- Innovation – we are keen to look at technologies and new ways of working in health and social care that are forward-looking and innovative to help us meet the current and future needs of the people of Edenbridge and surrounding villages.
- Sustainability – we need to achieve the most environmentally sensitive facility possible, with assistance from the best architecture and engineering teams.
There is a lot more work to do and, in the coming months, we will be asking for help and seeking involvement from many people, young and old. Keep an eye out for our regular announcements and news.
Please visit our website for background information about the project.