The Child and Family Health Centre, Barking, welcomes new space for children’s services

Reconfiguration at The Child and Family Health Centre complete with new services moved in. The £814,000 CHP joint funded variation at The Child and Family Health Centre in Barking, East London is now complete with new services in operation.

The health centre, which opened in 2009 provides a wide range of community health services across three storeys. Over the past few years the need for improved healthcare delivery within the local area has been greatly highlighted.

“The three new meeting rooms mean we can now conduct confidential meetings in a safe environment” – Kibria Karim from North East London Foundation Trust

Working with our LIFT partners Barking Dagenham Havering Community Ventures Ltd and GB Partnerships, together we supported North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) and Barking and Dagenham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – now NHS North East London Integrated Care Board (ICB) on this much needed improvement.

The project sought to build upon the work and services already delivered to date.

The remodelling of existing space has enabled the relocation of healthcare services, that were previously delivered in poorly maintained and inadequate facilities, into the health centre. This brings a wealth of benefits to both staff and patients, vastly improving healthcare delivery.

The new variation now means all children’s services can be delivered under one roof, as well as access to other healthcare services on site.

a modern multi-purpose room in a health centre with one wall painted yellow Photo credit: Bellrock

The project also:

  • Created appropriate space for service delivery, such as recognising the requirement for privacy and quiet space, and identifying services that should not operate side by side for safeguarding reasons.
  • Created greater efficiencies across the building and utilise existing space to their maximum potential.
  • Improved the utilisation and reduce void space in the building, by bringing in new services to complement current departments.

Kibria Karim from North East London Foundation Trust said: “The new office space reconfiguration on the 2nd floor has made a huge different to our teams and in the way we work.’

“The three new meeting rooms mean we can now conduct confidential meetings in a safe environment, the larger room will be utilised as a video conferencing room, which means we will be able to hold larger national meetings with our colleagues remotely.’

“Our clinicians are pleased with the new work environment, with the added bonus of the new air conditioning unit which will help in the warm summer months”.

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25 August 2022

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