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£19m levelling up funding to boost NHS training

The NHS in Somerset has received a boost thanks to nearly £20m of levelling up funding from the government, which is set to benefit the next generation of healthcare professionals.

The site of the old Bridgewater hospital will be redesigned as a training facility, while the former hospital lodge will be converted into a children’s nursery.

“This visionary training facility transcends more than regeneration…”

A new building will also offer health and care training rooms, specialist simulation training, an NHS learning centre, and an independent living centre.

Executive lead member for economic development at Somerset Council, Councillor Ros Wyke, says: “This visionary training facility transcends more than regeneration; this investment is about a positive future and stands poised to become a beacon in health and social care training.”

The government also says a new satellite academy will be set up in Minehead, featuring training facilities with specialist VR equipment.

“Our NHS health and care workforce in Somerset will need to look different in the future…”

The academy will be the “cornerstone” of Somerset Integrated Care System, according to the government.

Chief executive at NHS Somerset, Jonathan Higman, says the training academy is an “exciting development” which will come as a “fantastic resource” for NHS Somerset as a whole.

Higman adds: “Our NHS health and care workforce in Somerset will need to look different in the future if we are to continue to support people to live healthier lives for longer and also meet the health and care needs of our aging population.”

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