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NSCP double space at public sector hub

NSCP double space at public sector hub

A new agreement will see an increased health presence at a public service hub in Clevedon.

North Somerset Community Partnership (NSCP) is set to more than double its desk space at North Somerset Council’s offices at Castlewood.

The council has given the green light to a new licence agreement with NSCP which will see it increase its number of desks at Castlewood from 79 to 181.

NSCP has been at Castlewood since the organisation was formed in 2011, when the Primary Care Trust separated into a commissioner (Clinical Commissioning Group) and provider (NSCP) in line with the changes brought in by the Government.

Welcoming the new agreement which will see NSCP remain at Castlewood for another 10 years, Cllr David Pasley, the council’s executive member for asset management, said: “Castlewood really is a modern public centre hub.

“As well as our health partners, we have the police, ambulance service, job centre and register office all based there. Having all these services working together under one roof can only be of great benefit to our residents.

“Purchasing Castlewood eight years ago has not only established a council presence in the north of the district, but has enabled us to join up services for our residents in a modern, professional environment.

“This agreement with NSCP will further consolidate that position.”

NSCP provides community NHS services across North Somerset, from district nursing to health visitors, rapid response nurses and community physiotherapy as well as specialist services such as bladder and bowel and podiatry.

Judith Brown, Chief Executive of NSCP, said: “Consolidating the number of bases from which our staff work is a positive step for us and will enable our services to work together more efficiently while also increasing our co-location with North Somerset’s social services, who we work in partnership with on a daily basis.

“The council followed a similar path when it embarked a decade ago on its two base approach with services at the Town Hall in Weston and Castlewood. While we will still have bases across North Somerset, this move is set to enhance the quality care we deliver to the local community.”

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