Local people have their say in the future of Shepton Mallet Health Campus

Date: 08 March 2016

Shepton Mallet Health Partnership logoLocal people are being invited to share their views about what services are provided on the site of the new Shepton Mallet Health and Wellness Campus.

Shepton Mallet Health Partnership – made up of the current providers, Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Care UK – are bidding to provide services from the new Shepton Mallet Health and Wellness Campus that is planned to start on the shared site in December 2016.

In developing proposals for a community hub for local healthcare services, Somerset Partnership and Care UK have formed the Community Partnership Group where local groups and organisations can help shape the future of the campus and the services provided on it.

The Community Partnership Group held their first meeting in late February and will be working closely with Somerset Partnership and Care UK to make sure the right services can be provided on site to meet the current and future health needs of the residents of Shepton Mallet and the surrounding area.  

Somerset Partnership and Care UK are also keen to hear from local people about what services they would like to see on the new campus.

A public event will be hosted from 7 – 8.30pm on Wednesday 23 March at Bowlish House, Shepton Mallet, where Somerset Partnership’s Chief Executive Dr Nick Broughton and Chairman Stephen Ladyman and Care UK’s Chester Barnes, Hospital Director at the Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre, and Philippa Slinger, Managing Director of Secondary Care, will be spelling out their vision for the campus and inviting local residents’ views on services provided.

Chief Executive of Somerset Partnership, Dr Nick Broughton, explained:

“I am excited that, together with Care UK, we have set up the Community Partnership Group. We are very keen to work with the local community and the voluntary sector in order to develop an innovative model of care that meets the needs of the Shepton Mallet community and that uses the campus site as effectively as possible.  We also want to hear from the wider public in and around Shepton Mallet to make sure their views are reflected in the model going forward.”

Philippa Slinger, Managing Director of Secondary Care at Care UK added:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for people in the local community to really have their say about what this service becomes. Having provided the local elective NHS surgery service for a number of years we know how important patient feedback is, and we hope that this public engagement evening will help shape our proposals for the greater good of the community.”