03 February 2016, Midlands

Partnership working increases space utilisation

Successful partnership working at Brierley Hill Health and Social Care Centre has led to a 273m2 reduction in void space, resulting in system savings of £273,000 per annum.

Brierley Hill Health and Social Care Centre, West Midlands

Led by Community Health Partnerships (CHP), Dudley CCG and LIFTCo Dudley Infracare LIFT have successfully worked together to reconfigure space on the second floor to provide extended accommodation for Dudley CCG.   A new flexible bookable suite has also been created on the third floor, suitable for a variety of usages.

Gareth Jones, CHP Strategic Estates Partnership Programme Manager comments: “Working effectively together with Dudley CCG and Dudley Infracare LIFT, we have reduced void space at Brierley Hill and also provided a more accessible bookable suite, to increase flexible usage of  the building.”

Supporting the CCG's work

The extended space has allowed the CCG to house a bigger centralised team within the centre.  This supports the CCG’s work to develop a Multispecialty Community Provider (MCP) Vanguard, which supports new ways of working to deliver a network of integrated, GP-led providers across health and social care.

Matthew Hartland, Chief Financial Officer at Dudley CCG comments: CHP has been valuable in supporting us to make more effective use of space within the centre.”

 Service integration

Opened in 2010, Brierley Hill is one of the largest buildings in CHP’s portfolio.  The centre provides a range of services, including a GP practice, pharmacy, audiology, podiatry, physiotherapy, sexual health, speech therapy and Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council social services.

CHP has been valuable in supporting us to make more effective use of space within the centre

Matthew Hartland, Chief Financial Officer, Dudley CCG