This is a significant investment opportunity and the programme delivery group aims to create proposals that are thoughtfully sustainable and accessible.
Initially, the team has been progressing three core workstreams:
- Our clinical strategy
- Our estates – are they fit for purpose?
- Digitally connected care
Working with a healthcare planning team, our first focus of work has involved engaging with teams across the Trust to understand the challenges and opportunities that exist across our services, and to ensure this information is fed into the development of our overall clinical strategy.
To support this work, in November and December 2020, we held interactive engagement events based around five major clinical pathways (or service areas):
- urgent and emergency care
- planned and elective care
- women’s and children’s services
- long-term conditions
These events were attended by colleagues across Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and the wider system, as well as public and patient representatives whose role is to ensure that we keep patients at the centre of all we do.
We will be reviewing the feedback from these events as well as looking at further opportunities to involve stakeholders in future engagement opportunities.
A key part of our programme is looking at our current estates and how fit for purpose they are for our future healthcare ambitions.
In 2020, an independent survey was undertaken of our current hospital estates. This detailed survey looked at the physical hospital site, its functionality, space requirements, quality of estate, its health, fire and safety measures and environmental impact.
This was a detailed survey involving teams of surveyors assessing all the estate over a period of 12 weeks.
The findings from this will be crucial in helping to develop our business case.
Digitally connected care
North Devon District Hospital is the most remote hospital in mainland England and the way digital is developing in the modern world and in healthcare – such as through electronic patient records – means it must be a key consideration as we look to the future.
The Trust recognises the need to review our digital strategy, alongside our estates and clinical strategies, so that we can ensure our facilities are fit for purpose for providing modern and responsive healthcare well into the 21st century.
The programme delivery group is now progressing these key workstreams to help focus future plans and build the hospital’s strategic case for change. This is a rolling programme of work and the Trust is committed to providing regular updates and will set out the opportunities for interested stakeholders to be involved in this process.