Update from the Hinckley Community Health Services Project Board – April 2019

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As you know, West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been working with patients, carers, staff and stakeholders to reconfigure community health services in the Hinckley and Bosworth area in recent years.

The £8 million in capital awarded by the Department of Health at the end of last year means that intensive work is currently taking place to update the information that will go into the refresh of a document called a Pre-Consultation Business Case (PCBC).  This document, which has to be approved by NHS England and NHS Improvement, before consultation with the public can begin, explains in detail what the case is for changing and improving services.  It tells the story of how proposals have been developed and discusses the strong clinical reasons for change. It also outlines how patients and the public have been involved so far, and how the proposal will uphold the values of the NHS Constitutions, particularly patient choice

Overseeing all the work that goes into gathering information to refresh this document is a Project Board.  The Board comprises of all the key partners involved in the project – local GPs, the local GP Federation, Hinckley and Bosworth Council, West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Community Ventures.  It also comprises of the providers of local services – The Alliance and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and owners of the District Hospital – NHS Property Services.  In addition, the group also has a representative of the Locality Patient Participation Group for general practices in Hinckley and Bosworth and a member of the Better Care Together Patient and Public Involvement Group.

The Project Group members are working with a range of stakeholders, including staff, architects and clinicians to have the PCBC refresh completed and approved in order to start a consultation with the public later this year.  They are also aligning the Hinckley proposals to other work that is happening to redesign community services across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Just by way of reminding people – the proposal, which will be consulted on, focuses on using the investment to make better use of all available existing space in Hinckley Health Centre (Hill Street) and at Hinckley and Bosworth Community Hospital (Sunnyside) by:

  • refurbishing Hinckley Health Centre, to accommodate X-Ray/Ultrasound, physiotherapy and increase the number of consulting rooms;
  • creating a combined day case surgery and endoscopy unit with day-case beds at Sunnyside, which will provide an increased range of day case procedures and cancer screening services for local patients; and
  • Relocation of the out-of-hours primary care service from Hinckley and Bosworth Community Hospital (Sunnyside) into the new developed Urgent Care Hub in Hinckley Health Centre providing out-of-hours urgent care for local patients.
  • Removing services from buildings like Hinckley and District Hospital that are unfortunately not fit for purpose and relocate physiotherapy services into Hinckley Health Centre.
  • Relocating some inpatient beds from Sunnyside to provide space for day-case beds

We will update you again in June.  In the meantime further background information can be found on the West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group website.