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Posted: Fri, 07 Dec 2018 15:15 by Parish Council
Health and social care services in Leicestershire are set to benefit from £8m investment in community services in Hinckley and Bosworth.
The funding is one of a number of schemes announced today by Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.
The investment in Hinckley supports plans for the transition to a much more patient – centred approach to care which focusses on providing modern, fit for purpose facilities to support more services in the local community, and closer to home. More »
Interim Accountable Officer for West Leicestershire CCG, Caroline Trevithick said: "This is fantastic news for people in Hinckley and Bosworth and is the result of a lot of hard work, including the involvement of local people who have helped shape our plans for the area.
"Some of the local buildings and facilities are not fit for purpose to meet the health care needs of people now and in the future. The investment means we can upgrade and improve facilities to ensure we can provide the highest standards of care quite rightly expected by people."
"The confirmation of capital funding means that, subject to NHSE approval, we will be able to consult with local people on our plans. We will be looking to do this as early as possible in new year."
Our plans focus on using this investment to make better use of all available existing space in Hinckley Health Centre (Hill Street) and at Hinckley and Bosworth Community Hospital by:
- refurbishing Hinckley Health Centre, to accommodate X-Ray/Ultrasound, physiotherapy and increase the number of consulting rooms;
- creating a combined day case surgery and endoscopy unit with day-case beds, which will provide an increased range of day case procedures and cancer screening services for local patients; and
- relocating the out-of-hours primary care service from Hinckley and Bosworth Community Hospital (Sunnyside) into the new developed Urgent Care Hub in Hinckley Health Centre providing out-of-hours urgent care for local patients.
The investment in Hinckley and Bosworth is part of the broader Better Care Together strategic plan, for health services in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. A key part of this plan is to bring services closer to people by providing integrated health and care support within communities, like Hinckley and Bosworth, and reducing the need to travel to hospital or for inpatient care."
Council Leader for Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council, Councillor Mike Hall said "This is really excellent news for residents of Hinckley and Bosworth and I would like to congratulate the CCG and those who have worked both inside and outside Government to secure this funding.
"Local health professionals have been committed to these improvements for several years, and they have done an excellent job in working to address public concern over the proposed changes.
"The CCG has always had my full support and I hope that those who were against these proposals will now get behind them, support the recommendations, and trust the professionals to deliver improved health care for local people." » Less
Posted: Fri, 07 Dec 2018 11:30 by Parish Council
Recognising the extensive work local groups put into organising community events and activities, Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council has made available two funds; the Community Transport Fund and the new Community Volunteers Fund to apply for.
The Community Transport Fund is available if you are organising an event and may consider arranging community transport to enable other people to attend. A one off grant could pay for you to arrange a mini bus to pick up people from nearby, making your event special for even more people. Your group will be responsible for organising your required transport, and you must use a form of community transport such as Hinckley & Bosworth Community Transport, Dial a Ride, Age UK, volunteer drives, Good Neighbour Scheme etc. Funding for Christmas and New Year events is still available. More »
Applications of up to £500 are invited from voluntary and community groups from within the Borough. Please note this funding must be allocated by March 2019, so please apply as soon as possible.
The council has also made available a new Community Volunteers Fundaimed at small groups of volunteers or individuals to support their volunteering activities, who can apply for up to £250. You do not have to be a constituted group.
Council Leader Cllr Mike Hall said "These two funds are important additions to the support that we provide to the voluntary and community sector. The ability for groups to use community transport will enable more people who may be isolated to get involved in community activities.
"The new Community Volunteers Fund could be used by groups who want to undertake a single community project, or those who wish to start up a new group in their area and need some initial funding to make that happen. Among other things I would like to see young people taking the opportunity to use this fund as a way to start new projects and to get involved in volunteering in their communities."
Posted: Fri, 07 Dec 2018 11:13 by Parish Council
FOLLOWING the establishment of Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council's Rural Strategy in 2015 – which sets out key priorities to tackle some of the most common and important issues faced by people living and working in rural areas - this annual event provides the opportunity to take stock of what has been achieved, and to make sure that resources and delivery continue to be focused on the right areas of work for the following year's work programme. More »
The event on attracted delegates who representing the rural parishes of the borough, along with key partners including Leicestershire Police, the Rural Communities Council, Midlands Rural Housing, and Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland Resilience Partnership.
This year focussed on celebrating some of the great work that has been delivered in our rural communities over the last three years, including the Community Kitchens initiative where volunteers are helping set up cooking and craft sessions in Newbold Verdon, Ratby and Desford; the Borough Council's important campaign tackling the prevalent issue of fly tipping; and the successful completion of the Barlestone Community Centre and renovation of Sheepy Magna Church supported by the council's Developing Communities Fund.
The day began with a welcome from Sharon Redrobe, Chief Executive at Twycross Zoo, reporting on progress of their ambitious master plan for the ongoing development of this flagship visitor attraction. In addition delegates heard from Inspector Emma Maxwell, who took up the Local Police Unit Commander role early this year, reporting on the key challenges, successes and priorities for rural policing.
The event was also a timely opportunity to get some initial feedback from delegates, to help inform a refreshed Rural Strategy for 2019.
Executive Member for Rural Affairs at the Borough Council Councillor Kevin Morrell, gave the opening address saying "I am delighted to welcome you to this our fourth annual rural conference, and find it hard to believe our inaugural conference was three years ago – a really important event where I made a commitment that the Borough Council would be putting in place our first Rural Strategy for the borough, setting out the most important priorities for our rural communities, informed by you our Parishes. I also promised that this document would not sit on a shelf and be forgotten, but would be utilised to determine where we are putting resources year on year, and regularly reviewed to ensure we continue to be ambitious enough in planning for and delivering on the things that matter most to our rural communities, now and in the future". Cllr Morrell concluded by saying "I want to thank all of our Parish Councils, our key partners, many are represented here today, and the myriad of community volunteers, who collectively deliver great work day in day out".
Photo caption: Representatives from Leicestershire Police, the Rural Communities Council, Hinckley & Bosworth Council and guest speaker (centre) Sharon Redrobe, Chief Executive at Twycross Zoo. » Less