Further briefing on the vision for Catterick and surrounding area
We can confirm that, thanks to much hard work over the last two years with our partners, the CCG has received approval from NHS England for the £317,000 of funding needed to support the production of an outline business case which would potentially lead to the build of a new integrated care facility for the current and future residents of Catterick and the surrounding area.
There is already a substantial presence of the military population and their families in Richmondshire as well as existing residents and those moving into the area. We also know that there will be approximately 2,700 additional service personnel and their families will be rebased onto the Catterick Garrison site by 2030.
This project aims to promote modern health services across the whole of the Catterick area including the Garrison and in support of the wider Richmondshire area. This means creating an active partnership between primary, secondary, community and mental health provision though both the NHS and MOD so that the whole population, armed forces and civilian, experience equal access to high quality services in the most efficient way.
This is a unique and exciting opportunity to take the initiative to do something which has not been done before. There will be some exciting pieces of work to get involved in and we will ensure councillors and the local population are kept up-to-date and have further opportunities to get involved.
We also know that the lease of the Friary Hospital in Richmond expires in March 2023 and the lease on Colburn Medical Practice ends in 2026. Several of our practices are also struggling with estates and capacity issues. After initially engaging with local GPs, councillors and members of the public to include serving personnel and their families, we know that the system is not ‘joined up’ and GP services in particular are feeling under pressure.
A majority of Richmondshire GPs have also expressed that the system cannot continue in its current configuration and in January this year, we held a primary care summit workshop where all GPs present expressed their support for the vision of an integrated campus.
Therefore alongside the Catterick programme we are also working with our GPs in the locality to develop a strategic system plan in order to maximise opportunities across the whole district.
There are no definitive plans at this stage and once the initial vision is clearer, the CCG will commence a period of engagement with the public.