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News archive - June 2011

Funding confirmed for four social care schemes

GOVERNMENT support has been confirmed for four local authority social care PFI projects. The projects to receive PFI credits are based in Leeds, Hull, Sandwell and Hammersmith. They will all provide community social care and health facilities for vulnerable people.

The successful schemes include a centre offering general, respite and dementia care for older people and those with learning or mental disabilities, along with a leisure centre giving priority to disabled adults.

In Hammersmith, the local authority proposes - in conjunction with the PCT - to develop a Collaborative Care Centre in the White City area. The new centre will house integrated services for learning disability, physical disability and a community mental health team, alongside up to 15 GPs and a range of primary care services.

Hull plans three Extra Care sites, providing a mixture of general, respite and dementia care, combined with a primarily residential development of seven centres for elderly people (including dementia care), and people with learning or other mental disability, totalling about 200 beds.

The Hull scheme will include communal health facilities with treatment rooms that can be used by visiting healthcare professionals to support the care of those with long-term conditions; for district nurses to use as a base for changing sterile dressings, administering flu jabs, chiropody, opticians, as well as a GP satellite surgery. It will also include facilities to support telehealth/telecare.

An Adult Social Care Community WellBeing Centre for Leeds, is part of a larger development at Holt Park which includes a new school and which has planned Extra Care accommodation for elderly people. It includes sports facilities as well as social care services.

The Sandwell scheme involves a sports & leisure centre where priority will be given to disabled adults receiving social care services.

The four building projects were among 17 that the DoH reviewed in late 2010.

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