Business case for new Catterick Integrated Care Campus to be drawn up

Funding has been approved to produce a business case for a new Catterick Integrated Care Campus.

NHS England has agreed to provide £317,000 in order for NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG (the CCG) and the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to develop a joint business case which would potentially lead to the build of a new integrated care facility for residents of Catterick Garrison and the surrounding area.

The CCG’s governing body approved the submission of the ‘project initiation document’ to support the release of the funding.

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The proposal involves a new build, integrated care facility bringing together local GP practices, MOD, community services, mental health services, social care services and other services such as those provided by the voluntary sector.

Dr Mark Hodgson, local GP and CCG Governing Body member said: “Our vision is to support all residents of Richmondshire including veterans, reservists, dependants of serving forces personnel and the wider local population to be healthy and well and when they’re not, to ensure that they have ready to access to high quality health services.

“We’ve therefore been working with our Ministry of Defence partners to look at plans to develop a new integrated care campus for the Catterick area and have received assurance from NHS England that the cost of taking the project to outline business case stage will be met by them.”

Dr Mark Hodgson.

Officials say there is a substantial presence of the military population and their families in Richmondshire as well as existing residents and those moving into the area.

Current services for the armed forces community in Catterick and surrounding areas are provided from a range of different service providers and locations.

The CCG says this mixture of services and facilities is inefficient and does not provide an opportunity to address the health and social needs of the armed forces community in an holistic way.

It is also expected that approximately 2,700 additional service personnel and their families will be rebased onto the Catterick Garrison site by 2030.

Air Cdre Maria Byford who is the MOD Programme Director for the Catterick Integrated Care Campus said: “This is the next important step towards realising an exciting new opportunity for the Defence Medical Services and NHS, working in partnership, to deliver truly integrated modern healthcare services to the whole Armed Forces community.

“Well done to the NHS and MOD teams who have been collaborating closely on this ground-breaking initiative.”

The CCG says that the project aims to delivery modern health services across the whole of the Catterick Garrison 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 through 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.

Dr Hodgson added: “It’s a unique and complex project which we anticipate will take around three years to plan in detail. In the meantime, there are currently no plans for any other local service changes.

“We’re so pleased to have been given the go-ahead to move to this important stage in the planning. There will be some exciting pieces of work to get involved in and we’ll ensure the local population are kept up-to-date.”

Richmondshire councillors have expressed concern that the building of the new facility in Catterick would mean Richmond lost some of its NHS services including the Friary Hospital. Read more on their concerns here.