Strategic Outline Case for Wiltshire
26 July 2017 – Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s Governing Body yesterday approved a Strategic Outline Case (SOC) which identifies a preferred model and way forward for the future provision of community and primary care estate in Wiltshire.
The SOC, which was presented and approved at Wiltshire CCG’s Governing Body meeting held in public in Devizes on Tuesday 25 July, is the cumulation of a strategic overview of health care in one area of Wiltshire – Chippenham, Melksham and Trowbridge – which began in autumn 2016.
This initial stage of planning means the CCG is in the best position to secure capital investment for much needed updating of health buildings in Chippenham, Melksham and Trowbridge. However, there are also priority areas for the rest of Wiltshire and the CCG will now set out a timetable for developing a more detailed clinical strategy and a Wiltshire-wide programme of capital and estates funding requirements.
The SOC, which can be found here considers the healthcare needs of the Wiltshire population into the long term, based on what our GPs and clinicians require to support people to live well at home, and in consideration of the expected population growth in Wiltshire between now and 2026. By working with our partners and stakeholders to review and understand the current and future local service requirements, Wiltshire CCG has considered options for the way we deliver locally based healthcare services in the future.
The recommendation approved by the CCG Governing Body yesterday is for one community hospital (hub), one community ‘spoke’ and three urgent treatment centres, alongside development of primary care estate to increase much needed capacity for GP practices. Details and definitions for each of these facilities can be found in the SOC.
The next stage will be for further development work to Outline and Full Business Cases and it is expected that locations will be identified through options appraisals at the Outline Business Case stage of the planning process, before proceeding to a full public engagement programme.