Proposed Kemble Centre December 2016 UPDATE

What’s happened since October?

Written by Julie Wilson – Thomas KCWG Chairman


With the completion of the Feasibility Study and its final report in August, the Kemble Centre Working Group (KCWG) were pleased to recommend the study and final report to EHGPC for approval and publication on EHGPC website.  Sadly the successful completion of this important work, funded by an Awards for All grant, has meant that we had to say goodbye to Barbara Parkinson and Clever Elephant who were commissioned by EHGPC to undertake the Feasibility Study and Forward Business Plan Project.  We would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You to Barbara, who very quickly became a key team member and contributor to the Kemble Centre Project and working group. Barbara will be missed a great deal.  Thank you to all who took part the Feasibility Study and gave up their time to meet with and talk to Barbara to contribute.


The work of Kemble Centre Working Group continues.  The local communities needs and wishes for the proposed Health and Wellbeing Centre is an excellent fit with NHSE and HCCG Strategic Transformation Plans for community based facilities and provision. We are taking every opportunity made available to be active stakeholders, raise awareness of our project and contribute to Strategic Transformation Plan (STP) consultations and events helping to ensure that our communities voice, and the needs of people in rural communities are heard.


The key focuses of KCWG direction of travel and key tasks remain much the same as stated in the October update.  It may well seem that nothing much is happening and we would all love to see the Kemble centre up and running, but it is vitally important that the GPC do the best possible job we can, it is a varied and complex task involving a range of organisations, partners and stakeholder.  There is a lot to consider.  During the next few months, the key focus will be:


  1. Involvement of Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (HCCG) and One Herefordshire (the organisations responsible for health and social care services in Herefordshire) have committed to work together for “One Herefordshire”- we continue to look at how the Kemble Centre Project will fit with their strategic aims of developing new care models across the County. These plans are set out in the Sustainability and Transformation Plan that is due to be released soon. KCWG members have attended consultation and information events. A public consultation has commenced and runs until January 2017. For further information and how to contribute visit



  1. An initial meeting of One Herefordshire, HCCG, the three GP Practices, namely Kingstone, Much Birch and Golden Valley plus Barbara Parkinson (representing EHGPC) took place to explore taking a collaborative approach to services and activities for residents to access across the whole Golden Valley area. A second meeting was planned in November and sadly postponed by One Herefordshire. The next meeting will focus on the Practices looking at areas of their work that would benefit patients in taking a collective approach to services and activities.


  1. We plan to visit all three Patient Participation Groups (PPG) at the GP Practices in partnership with One Herefordshire, were to be visited for an initial discussion on the potential developments. It is important that the voice of patients informs what could work best for residents across the whole area. The visits to the Golden Valley PPG has taken place and was very helpful, the other visits are to be arranged soon.


  1. We are actively investigating possible funding routes with the help and support of Nina Bridges and Dave Tristram from Herefordshire Council.


  1. In the New Year we will be working on/looking at:


  • sourcing funding to continue with the development and planning stage.
  • how the capital funds required for the new Centre will be secured.
  • what specific services and activities could be provided.
  • how these will be resourced and paid for.
  • who will own and manage the new Centre.



Where have discussions and development got to so far?


The aim of the EHGPC and Working Group is to find out what could be done better with providers of health and well being services coming together to work collaboratively to meet the needs of local people across the whole area – and importantly with access to services and activities being made available in different local venues depending on local demand.  For example, leg ulcer clubs, carers support groups, mother and baby clinics etc.

The proposed Kemble Centre would be a central resource to this approach rather than about centralising all services.


Nine out of a possible total of eleven Parish Councils have been visited to be informed about the potential developments and to discuss their future involvement. These discussions have all been favourably received with all nine Parish Councils asking to be kept informed and engaged.


How you will be kept informed and updated


Further information will be available as developments progress on a regular basis, with a bi-monthly update being produced by EHGPC.


You can visit our website for further information and also if you wish to sign up to receive the updates.


Please contact EHGPC Clerk, for any other information.


And Finally……


Thank you very much to everybody who has contributed and supported the Kemble Centre project, working group and EHGPC for your support and sharing your expertise, it is much appreciated.


Julie KCWG Chairman


A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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