£300m New Funding To Transform Hospital Services In Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin
Half a million people living in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales are set to benefit from a capital funding injection of £300 million to transform their local hospital services. The money makes up the largest proportion of a £760 million investment from the Department of Health & Social Care – the single biggest capital injection of its kind in the NHS for over a decade.
The scale of the funding means that subject to consultation, in the future local people will receive care and treatment at two vibrant hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford. A wide range of hospital services will still be available at both existing hospital sites and importantly, stay within the county. In addition, the announcement is expected to have a more immediate impact, by attracting expert consultants, doctors and nurses to work for hospitals destined to undergo a transformation.
No decisions will be made until after a formal public consultation which will ask people’s views on two options. The model has been co-designed by members of the public and over 300 clinicians, GPs and social care professionals. It will see one hospital becoming an Emergency Care site and the other a Planned Care site. This will allow specialist doctors to treat the most serious cases on the Emergency Care site, which is proven to be safer, provide better results for patients and reduce the amount of time people have to stay in hospital.
By having a separate Planned Care site, patients will wait less time for their appointments and beds would be protected for planned operations, meaning that is highly unlikely operations will be cancelled due to emergency admissions. In addition, both sites will have an Urgent Care Centre that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This means that almost 80% of patients will continue to go to the same hospital as they do now for emergency and urgent care.
Dr Simon Freeman, Accountable Officer, Shropshire CCG said: “Thank you to everyone who has been involved in helping us to reach this point. This is fantastic news for our local communities and a major step forward in making sure we can secure two vibrant hospitals and improve the care received by people across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales now and in the future.”
Mr David Evans, Chief Officer, NHS Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “This is a massive endorsement of the tireless work of our clinicians, staff and local people in co-designing the best model of hospital care for our region. When we proceed to consultation, we want people across all the areas served to make sure they have their say.”
Simon Wright, Chief Executive, The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, added: “This news sends out a clear message to our doctors, nurses and other frontline staff that we will be able to transform our hospital services to improve outcomes for our patients, reduce waiting times and cancellations and to become an even more attractive place for people to come and work.”
Today’s announcement clears the way for NHS England to provide its final, formal approval for the CCGs to launch the Future Fit public consultation. Once the CCGs receive this approval, they will finalise plans and announce the start date of the consultation.
The formal public consultation will ask for people’s views on two options:
|Option1: The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital becomes an Emergency Care site and the Princess Royal Hospital becomes a Planned Care site
(This the CCGs’ preferred option)
Option 2: The Princess Royal Hospital becomes an Emergency Care site and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital becomes a Planned Care site
Under either option, both hospitals would have an Urgent Care Centre that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
NHS GETS FUNDING GREEN LIGHT FOR NEW BUILDINGS, WARDS AND BEDS
£760 million of capital funding, announced at Autumn Budget, is being allocated to the NHS to trigger an unprecedented acceleration of service modernisation and transformation
Forty NHS hospitals and community services will receive funding for plans worth £760 million to modernise and transform their buildings and services in the year of the NHS’s 70th birthday.
The capital funding announced today by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Jeremy Hunt, is the single biggest injection of its kind in the NHS in over a decade, and will be spent by the NHS on programmes to meet local demand, such as new urgent care centres and refurbishing mental health facilities.
As part of the Government’s commitment to transform the NHS to meet the needs of the growing and ageing population, the Secretary of State is also giving the green light to the first major remodelling project since the introduction of NHS England’s Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) in 2015.
Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin STP will receive funding to support a £300 million scheme to transform local hospital services. The proposal will see the development of an Emergency Care site and a separate Planned Care site with 24 hour urgent care centres at both sites, subject to consultation.
The remainder of the money will be awarded to 39 smaller projects, as part of the Government’s commitment to securing a sustainable future for the NHS. Examples of projects being funded include:
- Eight trusts across Yorkshire will upgrade services with up to £6 million of investment.
- Local NHS services in Kent will become more joined-up as a brand new £8 million Health and Wellbeing centre is built.
- £13 million for two new Urgent Care Centres in Newton Abbot and Torquay, and a major refurbishment of Torbay Hospital’s existing A&E department.
- Millions of pounds into local NHS services in London, including one project worth up to £11 million where patients can benefit from their GP, community and mental health services all in one place.
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Jeremy Hunt said:
“As the NHS approaches its 70th birthday, we are backing it with one of the largest capital programmes in NHS history. As well as a whole new emergency care development in Shropshire, we are backing local NHS services with new buildings, beds and wards so that staff who have been working incredibly hard over winter can have confidence we are expanding capacity for the future.
“Further major projects are also under consideration across the country and we intend to announce one large scale scheme the size of the Shrewsbury and Telford plan every year going forward based on high quality plans coming forward from local NHS leaders.”
Simon Stevens NHS England CEO, said: “These significant investments in local areas will turbo charge much-needed improvements for patients and the public including better A&E facilities, children and adult mental health services, diagnostics and general practice. While rightly acknowledging the NHS’s past in its 70th year, it’s critical to build for the future and to develop the new more joined up and interconnected services people will need.”
Ian Dalton, Chief Executive of NHS Improvement said: “As part of helping the NHS meet the challenge of dealing with increasing demand from an ageing population we need to ensure we’re using the money given to us in the best way possible. But we also must recognise that the NHS needs more money to transform it into a service fit for the future. The NHS has been a world leader in innovation over the past 70 years. Today’s announcement will mean it can continue to offer better care to patients, in state-of-the-art facilities, for years to come.”
Whilst the Government is committed to backing the NHS with the funding it needs to deliver world-leading care, it is also clear about the need for the NHS to get the best value for taxpayers and to continue cutting back on wasteful spending.
That’s why the Government is also releasing a further £150 million to support the NHS’s work to become more efficient, which will:
- Boost the use of e-rostering (a digital programme that assigns staff their shifts) to help the NHS use its workforce better.
- Enable further energy efficiency changes to happen in hospitals, such as fitting LED lights and new combi boilers, which is expected to save the NHS £12 million a year after the first three years.
- Help make improvements to pharmacy IT systems and E-Prescription and Medicines Administration systems, which will reduce medication errors and improve patient safety, whilst freeing up staff so they can spend more time with patients. These changes are expected to save the NHS £10 million a year after the first five years.
Backed by the Department of Health and Social Care, STPs are groups of local NHS leaders and staff working with councils who arrange joined-up social care and other community health services. They look at the needs of patients and design service plans bespoke to the area, offering care that is closer to home and means fewer trips to the hospital.
Today’s £760 million investment in STPs is part of a £2.9 billion fund being made available to the NHS by Government from 2017 to 2023 to modernise facilities and improve patient care.