By Accountable Care Journal-
Progress continues on the construction of a new health centre in Dulwich, where a traditional ‘topping out’ ceremony took place on Friday 12 April to celebrate the structural completion of the building. A prime example of the NHS LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) programme, the construction of the centre demonstrates how public private partnerships are being delivered in practice to support the delivery of new projects.
On schedule to open in a phased approach from April 2020, the new health centre will house a range of healthcare and community services, including a GP surgery, children’s and mental health services, x-rays, kidney dialysis, physiotherapy and some hospital outpatient clinics. It has also been designed so that it can also accommodate non-clinical community services, such as exercise classes, education sessions and a spaces for voluntary sector activities.
With the structural work now finished, the development team is working with local people to design the building’s interior, and liaising with NHS and community partners to finalise the services that will occupy the health centre, once the development work is fully complete.
The Mayor of Southwark, Cllr Catherine Rose, and Dulwich and West Norwood MP, Helen Hayes, joined the CCG’s Director of Finance, Malcolm Hines, to ‘top-out’ the new building – marking another significant stage in the health centre’s development.
The project is part of the CCG’s work to improve GP and community-based health services in Dulwich and south Southwark.
The design, build, funding and operation of the new health centre is through the NHS LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) programme – a public private partnership (PPP) led by Community Health Partnerships (CHP) and working in collaboration with Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group, and the local LIFT partner South London Health Partnership (SLHP).
Malcolm Hines, CCG Director of Finance, said: “The new health centre will improve access to GP and community care by delivering a range of health and wellbeing services all under one roof. This is the future of healthcare in Southwark: community partners working closely together to ensure services are more joined-up, personalised and responsive to the needs of patients. ”
Helen Hayes, MP for Dulwich and West Norwood, said: “I look forward to the opening of our new health centre in a year’s time, and to seeing the long-held vision for the Dulwich Hospital site as a centre for both excellent community health services and education come to fruition. ”
Malcolm Twite, Chief Commercial Officer for Community Health Partnerships added: “I am delighted that through collaboration and partnership working we have helped local NHS partners realise their vision to integrate care in Dulwich and the surrounding area. ”
Find out more about the development of the new health centre, including the background to the project and the progress that’s been made so far, at www.southwarkccg.nhs.uk
For further information visit www.communityhealthpartnerships.co.uk