The Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) will receive over £7 million of additional investment to improve community care and physiotherapy services in Bedford, it was announced on Wednesday.
The funding was announced by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Jeremy Hunt and forms part of a wider £760 million invested in STPs across the country, as previously set out in the Autumn Budget.
BLMK has secured up to £6 million funding to develop an integrated health and social care hub at Gilbert Hitchcock House in Bedford and up to £1.1 million to improve access to physiotherapy services by bringing the team at Bedford Hospital together with teams that provide physiotherapy in the community.
An integrated health and social care hub will mean that Bedford residents will be able to access more services, closer to home and will increase the support and care available to meet the needs of a growing population in the area.
The funding will be used to refurbish Gilbert Hitchcock House and mean that three practices can be bought under one roof alongside community, mental health and specialist services.
Investment in physiotherapy will support this work and aim to bring both community and hospital physiotherapy services together into one integrated physiotherapy hub which will increase choice for patients.