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Staffordshire healthcare village approved

Words: Laura Edgar
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East Staffordshire Borough Council has granted outline planning permission for healthcare village Outwoods, at Queens Hospital, Burton.

STRIDE, a development joint venture between Healthy Innovation Partners* (HIP), and University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust (UHDB), submitted the application.

Plans for Outwoods include accommodation for a local GP practice and supporting community services, a 50-bed step-down facility, a 40-bed care home, a community hub, an 80 extra care residency, and a nursery with 100 places.

Outwoods is also expected to provide 88 doctors and nurses’ accommodation.

Duncan Bedford, managing director for Burton at UHDB said: “The trust had the foresight to engage Health Innovation Partners in a joint venture to provide commercial expertise to developing our hospital site as well as support its effective and efficient delivery. The Outwoods Healthcare Village will enhance the way health and social care work together to provide an integrated approach for the benefit of the people we are responsible for.”

Neil O’Cuinneagain, senior development manager for STRIDE, added: “Whilst there is a significant amount of work still to do, we have real engagement with the local health and social care providers and housing organisations to ensure that this development is a success.”

Work is due to start on site early in 2020.

* Health Innovation Partners is a partnership between Community Solutions Partnership Services Limited, the healthcare development subsidiary of Morgan Sindall Group plc, and Arcadis.

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