Work has begun on a multi-million pound plan to transform social care for people living with dementia in Liverpool.
Shaw healthcare will provide the services through a 25-year partnership with Liverpool City Council.
Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, Cllr Paul Brant, said: “The hubs will enable us to deliver a flexible service, tailored to the needs of the individual service-user.
“Our step-up, step-down approach means that the hubs can be used to support people with a lower level of need who would otherwise end up in hospital, as well as providing intermediate care to help get people out of hospital quicker.
“They will help reduce the number of people unnecessarily delayed in hospital following NHS treatment by getting and improve their experience of health and social care services by driving up quality standards.”
The work includes a £7.8m dementia hub on South Parade in Speke and the £8.2m Venmore Dementia Centre on Hartnup Street, Anfield.
Each centre will provide 60 bed spaces, along with state-of-the-art care facilities for people with dementia and other long-term residential and nursing care needs. They will also feature en-suite bedrooms, areas for therapy and socialising, dining facilities and gardens. A planning application has been submitted for a third dementia hub in Stonebridge.
The project is likely to create more than 200 jobs as staff will be newly-employed rather than being transferred from existing council services.
Shaw’s deputy CEO, Suzanne Hughes, said: “We’re excited to be working with Liverpool City Council to deliver high-quality, specialist and sustainable care services across the city. The three new dementia hubs – with a mix of short and long term beds – will provide modern, 21st century accommodation that will enable elderly and vulnerable residents to enjoy the best possible quality of life. In line with our core values, we are keen for all three hubs to become pivotal parts of their respective communities.”
She added: “In expanding our operations into Northwest England, Shaw healthcare will build on our 30 years of experience of operating a wide range of social services right across the UK, for people with a variety of different needs. We are confident that these projects in Liverpool will add to Shaw healthcare’s proud history of, and commitment to, providing the very best services for our service users.”