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Wellbeing project to move to next phase

 
Created on 26/03/2020 @ 11:04
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Half of the partnership involved in the North Powys Wellbeing project has given the green light to move the project on to the next phase.

At their board meeting Powys Teaching Health Board approved the model of care which allows staff working on the scheme to start looking at how much the project will cost and  what services will be delivered.

This work would support a business case to submit grant funding applications to find the money needed to turn the vision into reality.

In May 2019, the Welsh Government announced that £2.5 million of funding has been made available to start the project, although it is expected that the scheme would cost over £20million to complete.

The Park area in Newtown is earmarked for the building.

Seen by some as building a “mini-hospital” in Newtown the project is supposed to have a wider scope bringing health and social services and possibly even education, together under one roof.

It is a joint Powys Teaching Health Board and Powys County Council scheme.

At the board meeting PTHB director of Planning and Performance, Hayley Thomas gave a report outlining feedback from a four month period of “engagement” with residents last summer.

Ms Thomas, said: “The engagement activities focused on understanding what keeps people safe and well in their homes and communities.

“Experience of our residents using public services was also tested, and they were asked to provide insight into what they feel could be improved closer to home, within their communities, across north Powys and out of county.

“Despite the differences in needs, there were a number of common themes that emerged from all areas across north Powys, including:

Transport
 GP practices (accessibility)
 Services for children and young people
 Strengthening of mental health services
 Importance of libraries
 Green space accessibility (linked to wellbeing)
 Arts and culture
 Community hospitals

Ms Thomas continued: “The feedback received from the engagement sessions supported and shaped the development of the model of care and case for change, ensuring and approach that places the voices of our staff and residents at it’s heart.”

Powys County Council’s cabinet were supposed to discuss and approve the model of care on Tuesday, March 24, but that meeting was cancelled.

At a previous meeting scrutinising the model of care, councillors feared that the wellbeing project was too “Newtown-centric” and should be for all of Powys not just the north.

Councillors also believed that the social care and wellbeing side of things needed to be better explained as people might perceive the future hub a wholly medical facility.

 

By Elgan Hearn, Local Democracy Reporting Service

Photo: The proposed site of a centre for the North Powys Wellbeing project

 

 

 

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