Funding Progress for Shotley Bridge Consultation Plans
NHS plans to consult on services currently provided at Shotley Bridge Community Hospital have made progress today.
Between March and May 2019, North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) held a period of engagement to seek the public’s views on services currently being delivered from Shotley Bridge Community Hospital.
In recent months there has been some uncertainty surrounding the availability and use of capital funding across the NHS nationally. This meant the CCG needed to ensure it had funding in place before consulting with the public on the development of services provided at the hospital.
Today the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have notified the CCG that the Shotley Bridge scheme can now be progressed with an identified funding source.
The CCG will now continue to work with NHS Property Services in developing a Pre-Consultation Business Case by the end of the calendar year. This will then be subject to the usual assurance processes by NHS England.
North Durham CCG then plan to formally consult with the public on any potential changes to services, although no date has been set as yet.
Rachel Rooney, Head of Engagement and Commissioning and Development Manager at North Durham CCG, said: “We were delighted so many people took the time to contribute to our period of engagement earlier this year.
“The CCG’s plans to consult on services provided at Shotley Bridge remain in place and we are delighted progress has been made.
“We are working closely with County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, NHS England, NHS Property Services and the Department of Health and Social Care to understand how we will move ahead with business case development and assurance”.
To find out more on the CCG’s plans to date for Shotley Bridge Community Hospital, visit https://northdurhamccg.nhs.uk/involve-me/currentprojects/shotley-bridge-community-hospital-services/