Sewell Estates Newsletter January 2023

Welcome to our first newsletter of 2023. I hope you had a restful Christmas break and have returned to work full of vim and vigour for the year ahead! This month’s edition includes stories of our recent project activity across the group.

Please get in touch if you think any of our businesses might be able to help you; coffee is on me (but no biscuits, I have to stop!)

Very best wishes, Jo

Proposals developed for crucial community diagnostic centres across the region

Over the past few months, Shared Agenda has been providing programme management and business case support to Humber and North Yorkshire Community Diagnostics Programme, supporting the development of plans for investment in diagnostic services to meet local population needs.

Intended to be rolled out in specific locations across the region, these Community Diagnostic Centres are set to provide patients with earlier tests closer to home. They will be dedicated to providing faster, easier, and more direct access to diagnostic tests that will support the management of patients with a wide range of conditions; cancer, cardiac, respiratory, ophthalmic etc. The development of these new facilities will also help to reduce waiting times and pressure on services in acute hospital settings.

Major renovations improve patient care at Seacroft Clinic

Seacroft Clinic in Leeds has officially reopened after a year of major renovations to transform the centre to improve patient care. A project managed by Community Ventures from outline business case stage, right through to design and build, delivery and commissioning services for the community, the building is unrecognisable from its origins as a rundown 1970s health centre.

The £2m project delivered in partnership with Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust (LCH) was needed to meet the growing demands of the local area. Work included the introduction of a new mobility friendly entrance, a brighter colour scheme, spacious waiting area and dementia friendly signage throughout the building.

There are also 12 new clinical rooms and 25 hot desks for flexible and collaborative working. The building is now more energy efficient, with solar panels to supplement energy use and reduce carbon footprint.

Sam Prince, Executive Director of Operations at Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust said: “We are proud to have invested in the refurbishment of Seacroft Clinic. The renovations have really transformed the clinic which now offers an improved patient experience and will also benefit our staff that work there. I’d like to thank everyone involved over the past 12 months, supporting our plans to make Seacroft Clinic a great facility for the local community.”

Emma Bolton, Area Director at Community Ventures, added:
“We’ve worked with LCH for many years to help them develop their health estate across the city and improve patient care for the local community. Seacroft Clinic is a great example of this and how we’ve been able to create a much more welcoming environment for staff and for patients to allow them to access the care they need.”

Parallel delivers national web-based toolkit to inform primary care investment

Parallel has recently completed the development of an online toolkit to support service and estates planning for Primary Care Networks (PCNs) across the UK.

The web application provides a national framework that will support PCNs to identify changes required to their primary care estate, such as where buildings and services are located in relation to population needs.

The app pools information from various databases and Parallel’s SHAPE tool, including population predictions, health priorities and existing estate, to inform future estates investment plans.

The tool, delivered in partnership with Community Health Partnerships, provides NHS England with a consistent approach to estates planning that will be used by the 1250 PCNs across England.

Parallel delivers specialist data mapping and visualisation products for public sector organisations across the country support scenario planning and decision making.

Citycare working alongside Humber to deliver major redevelopment programme

Work has commenced developing a multi-million-pound project to improve and redevelop the Humber Centre for Forensic Psychiatry in Willerby.

Citycare have been appointed by the Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust to lead the project which plans to redevelop the existing nineties portion of the Humber Centre located on Willerby Hill.

Supporting skills development alongside school refurbishment project

Sewell Construction continue to redevelop the former Endeavour Learning and Skills Centre to house Hull Trinity Academy School from September 2023.

The team behind the £13m project have invested in the skills and training of their people as well as supporting young people and the Armed Forces community by offering apprenticeships and work placements on site.


Sixth form students learn importance of health and safety during tour of Ron Dearing UTC’s expansion site

Engineering students at Ron Dearing UTC gained vital health and safety knowledge from the site team responsible for the expansion

The UTC is currently increasing student places from 600 to 800 to meet growing demand, redeveloping space in the existing school building, and renovating and repurposing the former Central Fire Station next door to the school into a satellite site.

Sewell Construction invited eight Year 12 students to a “Toolbox Talk” and shared specialist knowledge on health and safety, showing the students how work on the fire station site is progressing and enabling them to visit the site offices.

Transformative Critical Care Unit at Barnsley Hospital

The new £7.3m Critical Care Unit at Barnsley Hospital is nearing completion after 12 months of construction works carried out by local contactor I&G.

This will allow the hospital to meet current demand pressures and future proof the hospital’s capacity to care for the most unwell patients.

Sewell FM continue their drive for sustainability

Sewell FM have been working alongside Community Health Partnerships (CHP) and a Yorkshire-based LIFT company to help evaluate the environmental performance of their current estate and assess their options for decarbonising their buildings as part of a drive for a greener NHS.

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