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Hospital services in West Hertfordshire

Strategic Outline Case

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group have been working on plans to secure funding for major redevelopment of the estate.

This work started some time ago in autumn 2017, when the Trust submitted a Strategic Outline Case (SOC) to regulators for formal review. NHS Improvement and NHS England fed back with two key points; firstly they acknowledged the need for funding and secondly that public money for hospital redevelopment is limited with strong competition from other hospitals across the country. In response to feedback from regulators the Trust is working on a refresh of the SOC. The full version of the original SOC is available to view here.

The future of hospital services is a key element of the Your Care, Your Future vision for a healthier West Hertfordshire which looks at how best to provide health and social care services. This reflects the national picture and challenges described by the NHS Five Year Forward View. You can also read more about the NHS Long Term Plan launched in January 2019.

Options evaluation panels

The options outlined in the public meetings will be examined by evaluation panels. These panels will examine a range of options from various aspects including patient care, accessibility and how they complement other parts of the health and care system locally. The panel include patient and public representatives. Members of the public were invited to express their interest in joining the panels and further background information on this can be found here.

The first panel meeting has taken place - you can view the slides from this meeting here and the background information pack here.

Detailed information has been gathered to inform the outputs that were presented at the first options panel evaluation meeting. Please click on the links for further details as follows:

- Demand and capacity information and analysis

- Travel Analysis and Catchment Area information

- Site Option Review

- HM Treasury guidance on how to appraise and evaluate policies, projects and programmes

Public Meetings

A series of public meetings took place during autumn 2018 in Hertsmere, Dacorum, St Albans and Watford. The meetings gave an update on the work being undertaken to refresh the SOC. The meetings explained that West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group are taking another look at plans and funding requirements following feedback from regulators.

The presentation slides from the public meetings can be viewed here.

The next meeting took place in January - this event shared details of how the options for hospital redevelopment are shaping up and explained the process for evaluating and shortlisting options. The presentation from the meeting can be viewed here. If you attended this meeting please give us your feedback here. Your responses will help in future planning. You can also read the latest press information about estate redevelopment plans here.

The most recent meeting in March 2019 shared details of the shortlisted options that are being considered and invited people to comment on these in advance of the options being examined at the second evaluation panel meeting. You can find details of the presentation via this link and further information about the meeting.