Revised Care Hub Plans

Revised plans for a proposed care hub, technology enabled houses and centre of excellence in Blantyre have been published following extensive public engagement.

Two recent events in Blantyre, which were supported by a range of staff and stakeholders, were attended by nearly 250 members of the public.

Survey results from the events – which have been published on the partnership website – demonstrated a strong sense of support for the direction of travel.  The Partnership also heard, however, that there are some local concerns in Blantyre over issues including access, congestion and road safety in and around the former St Josephs site.

Following feedback given at events, and through the wider planning process, the Partnership have taken concerns and suggestions into full consideration and a revised planning application has now been published.

The application – available to view at: https://bit.ly/2MAVyaB –  is expected to be heard in early December 2019.

Val de Souza, Chief Officer of South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “Communities themselves are a vital component of our Partnership and, as people would expect, we have taken on board what we have been told as the planning process has progressed.  

“On the back of this, we have worked with our planning colleagues and revised the plan, with clear amendments addressing issues including access, congestion and road safety, without causing any significant delay to the process.

Ms de Souza added: “We are absolutely committed to openness, transparency and engaging in ongoing – and meaningful – dialogue with our communities.”

As the Partnership continues to strengthen many of its community-based supports, people who might previously have moved into a care home on a long-term basis because of ill health and/or growing dependency can be supported in their own home.

The ongoing Programme of modernising care homes and the proposed Care Hub concept seeks to build on this, offering people real choice and to live independently where possible and appropriate. 

The proposed new Care Hub in Blantyre – which continues to be subject to normal planning procedures – will serve South Lanarkshire and has four distinct elements. 

This includes 20 transitional care beds for adults and older people, a centre of excellence – specialising in training and development of health and social care staff – as well as a community-facing hub. 

The Care Hub will also include 20 technology enabled homes for adults and older people. Technology Enabled Care is defined as “where outcomes for individuals in home or community settings are improved through the application of technology as an integral part of quality, cost effective care and support”.

The properties will come with a standard level of Technology Enabled Care, but also have the flexibility to scale this up, depending on needs. Some examples of the types of support in the proposed homes includesupport for long term conditions including dementia and access to rapid support in a crisis or where and when required.

A film which captured reflections from the event has now been published.

How can communities continues to have their say?

On matters of planning:

For specific comments on the plans, there is an opportunity to comment at the South Lanarkshire Council planning portal on the South Lanarkshire Council. Visit https://bit.ly/2MAVyaB

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