Improving health and wellbeing in Bridlington
In 2015, led by GPs, local health and social care organisations, we won the opportunity to access £10.7 million funding from NHS England to develop new premises for the Bridlington area. The aim of the development was to provide the people of Bridlington with a range of health and social care services under one roof.
However, in February 2018, following many months of hard work and discussions – with GPs, other service providers, staff, patients and the public – local GPs, NHS England and the CCG have decided not to continue developing their plans to a full business case. The project for Bridlington was ambitious and had good support, however, funding requirements to deliver this project became ever more challenging and it has been concluded that time and effort is better spent on improving service delivery. This decision will liberate GP capacity to focus on developing more integrated ways of working across health providers and social care but without the benefit of a centralised centre to facilitate it.
We would like to thank the GPs, all the local partners and the people of Bridlington for contributing their ideas towards improving health and social care. We will continue to seek out future development opportunities where this will deliver improved services and will continue to work in partnership to improve peoples’ overall health and wellbeing in Bridlington.
Your views on the development
In May 2016, we held two public drop-in events to share our plans and seek your views on how services could be re-designed to improve patient care. The afternoon session was attended by 60 people, with 30 people attending the evening session. A range of potential ideas for the future were shared ranging from ‘do nothing’ to the creation of one ‘health and wellbeing centre’. Click here to view the presentation from the events.
The ideas in brief (click on the headings for more information about each idea):
Current facilities remain as they are now. There may be some service developments but not as part of a structured developmental project.
Improvements to multi-disciplinary team working; better use of IT to improve integrated working and availability of information, some refurbishment of existing facilities.
A “hub” to house some services which will benefit from co-location (integration or economies of scale), with existing GP practices as “spokes”.
Health & social care hub co-located on hospital site, with health and social centres to north and south of Bridlington.
One building to house 5 GP practices, adult social work / caring support services, community clinics and specialist nursing services, voluntary sector services and public health services.
There was a lot of lively debate on the pros and cons of each possible idea and we asked people to give us an informal view of their preferred model:
|Model*||In favour||In favour with reservations||Not in favour||Neither in or not in favour|
|Do nothing / do minimum||8||1||59||2|
|Hub and spoke||12||7||19||15|
|Health and Wellbeing Centre||75||4||8||10|
*The scores add up to a higher number than the total attendees, suggestive of elements of duplication.
We are continuing to work through the details of each idea and will assess these against a range of criteria. This will help us develop a shortlist of options that will be costed and included in our Business Case to NHS England. The feedback report is available here.
A big thank you to everyone who took the time to attend our public drop in events.