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  • Community Health and Wellbeing Centres in Lochgelly & Kincardine: Programme Update

    Created: 07/03/2023
    News/Events Category: General News

    Over the last few years, NHS Fife, Fife Health and Social Care Partnership and partners have undertaken significant work developing a programme for new purpose-built Community Health and Wellbeing Centres in Lochgelly and Kincardine.

    Replacing the older health centres, these new facilities seek to improve the experience of patients and service users by bringing together a range of health and wellbeing services, including GP practices, social care, community and voluntary services.

    An Initial Agreement Document (IAD) for the replacement of the existing centres was approved by Scottish Government in January 2020, with outline business cases submitted in June 2022, for consideration by the Scottish government’s Capital Investment Group.

    To date:

    • the programme's Initial Agreement was approved by Scottish Government in 2020
    • Outline Business Cases, which are part of the decision-making process on how funding is allocated, were submitted to Scottish Government in June 2022
    • work on the Full Business Cases is underway

    Additional information is to be added to the Outline Businesses Cases. This process is expected to be completed by April 2023.

    Capital Project Funding

    In the Scottish Parliament last week, Minister for Public Health, Women's Health and Sport, Marie Todd MSP, reaffirmed Scottish government’s commitment to replacing the centres and confirmed that, due to the phased approach for funding capital projects, resources will likely be provided in the second half of this decade.

    Key partners have been advised, therefore, that funding is unlikely to be released for the Lochgelly and Kincardine projects within the initially anticipated timescales and we remain in dialogue with the Scottish Government to clarify the project funding timeframe.

    Delivering healthcare in a different way to meet the needs of the local community, with additional emphasis on wellbeing and prevention, is at the heart of the Community Health and Wellbeing Centres programme.

    Reaffirming its commitment to the programme, NHS Fife’s Director of Public Health, Dr Joy Tomlinson, said:

    “NHS Fife remains committed to delivering the two new community health and wellbeing centres in Lochgelly and Kincardine and working with the Scottish Government to secure funding for the project."

    The full statement can be found here.

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