Vale Drive Primary Care Centre, Barnet
gbpartnerships designed and delivered the Vale Drive Primary Care Centre for the Barnet PCT, as part of its strategic health service development plan, to enable a new service delivery model to be implemented.
The PCT’s strategic objective was to facilitate the provision of a wide and comprehensive range of primary care services across the PCT area, from a network of new purpose built premises enabling a shift of services from the acute setting into the community. The Vale Drive Health Centre is a major component of this strategy and provides facilities for a 3 GP practice and a wide range of community services.
The building was constructed on a sloping site and uses the natural contours to mask the massing of the part 3 storey building and blend into the adjacent roof line. The building was constructed using traditional facing brickwork providing light, airy accommodation with bright vibrant colours for the internal colour scheme. The new centre at Vale Drive continues to provide the existing services, but in support of the PCT’s vision of core and extended primary care for the local population, will also provide a new GP practice, together with some new services previously provided from hospitals.
gbpartnerships worked closely with the PCT to ensure value for money, affordability, best practice and 100% cost transparency, which is vital when spending public money.
Cost – £4.6m
Start on Site – July 2004
Completion – Jan 2006
Partner – Barnet PCT
Improving Community Services
The Department of Health national Transforming Community Services (TCS) programme was introduced with the aim to:
- Develop people and leaders
- Innovate and improve services
- Reform systems to support high quality 21st Century care at or close to home
- Improve health outcomes
Modernised, efficient and integrated community services are critical in delivering the quality and productivity programme that is essential to the future of health and social care. Such plans depend on having community services in place that support independent living, intervene early, prevent unwarranted admissions and enable the early transfer of patients from acute settings back to an environment that is as close as possible to home.
This shift in the focus of care from acute to community settings requires more effective, joined up services and increased capacity.
The development of the Vale Drive facility is an example of this initiative being achieved and having a positive benefit at local level. The new building has clearly enabled the PCT to integrate existing services, develop and provide new services in the community, including a shift in services from the acute hospital setting.
A Centre for the Whole Community
Vale Drive Health Centre is vibrant and busy providing a large range of services on one site allowing a more integrated approach to healthcare needs within the local area, which has clearly begun to enhance the well-being of the local population.
Partnership working can be challenging. It needs commitment, time and enthusiasm and structures in place to ensure that dialogue happens and agreements reached are implemented. It requires a commitment to work together and new behaviours built to deliver:
- Trust and mutual respect
- Openness, honesty and transparency
- Top level commitment
Positive and constructive approach
- Commitment to work with and learn from each other
- Early discussion – no surprises
- Confidentiality when needed
We believe, working together, gbpartnerships and the PCT achieved a level of partnership working that enabled the strategic goals and vision of the PCT to be jointly discussed and fully understood, leading to a better outcome in terms of building design, layout, costs and the delivery of the project to time and budget.