With the Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group awarding a £109 million contract to a new joint venture set up by care providers, it appears that the new health and wellness campus in the Shepton Mallet area may soon become a reality.
The contract is a sign that the health facilities in the area are set to expand. The Somerset CCG revealed that Care UK will be working with the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to provide a range of health and care services.
The Somerset CCG stated that beginning in January 2017, Care UK and Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust will form a partnership called Shepton Mallet Health Partnership and will integrate their services. The Shepton Mallet Health Partnership beat other bidders, including the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, to get the contract.
The partnership members will work together to continue to provide the existing services, which include the treatment centre, minor injuries unit and community hospital. However, it is quite possible that in the near future, there will also be a health and wellbeing campus that will provide prevention and cure under one roof.
If the health and wellness campus is formed, the treatment centre, Grove House Medical Centre and the community hospital will shift to the same site. It is also possible that the site will provide a base for voluntary and community organisations of the area to offer activities and advice that promote health and wellbeing among the local population.
Care UK stated that the joint partnership would enable the facilities to offer a range of healthcare services in the town over the next eight years.
Dr. Nick Broughton, Chief Executive of Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, stated he was delighted that his organization was part of the partnership that had won the contract for the new, integrated health and wellbeing campus.