16 March 2012
Goole College and the North Lincolnshire and Goole Hospital Trust (NLAG) Partnership
A unique partnership between Hull College Group and Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust could see the College open a campus in underused parts of the Goole and District Hospital estate.
The partnership could see the utilisation of unused areas of the Goole Hospital site as a base for Goole College, (part of the Hull College Group). This exciting development would enable the College to develop a new range of education and training programmes to complement the existing offer available. The partnership would also help Goole Hospital maximise the use of their estate for the best public value.
The potential development – which still requires the formal support of the Board of the hospital Trust and the College – will be consulted upon with staff, users and local residents over the coming months.
The proposals include the development of provision in two phases; the first beginning this September 2012, which would see an increase in courses in health and social care, employability skills and higher level professional qualifications. The second phase, in September 2013 would see Goole College moving out of its existing buildings on Boothferry Road and transferring all provision to the Goole Hospital site. This would enhance growth in both further and higher education provision. This two-phase approach is designed to provide the opportunity for community feedback and partnership development to be fully considered.
Dr Neil Pease, Director of Organisational Development and Workforce at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Goole and District Hospital, said: “It is important to note that any development would be on underused and under-utilised areas of the hospital estate.”
“There will be no impact on bed numbers as a result of any agreement we reach with the college. We will also ensure that any development will be self-contained, with separate entrances and exits between the hospital and the college areas.
“However, we feel that this could be a way of developing our staff of the future while continuing our commitment to Goole and District Hospital.”
Lee Probert, Hull College Group Executive Director of Organisational Development commented, “Goole College and NLAG have recognised the potential of Goole and surrounding areas, and plan to consult on this potential investment in new community facilities. This presents an attractive and innovative proposal for the people of Goole, and would allow the College to expand significantly into modern premises, providing improved learning facilities in an attractive environment. The support of our local employers will enable us to develop new courses which will be tailored specifically to current and future local employer need. Thus ensuring that students have the necessary skills to respond to employers and can also take advantage of the new and exciting prospects coming to our region.”
The partnership potentially provides a wealth of opportunities for young people and adults within Goole and surrounding areas. The planned Goole College offer will include a ‘ladder of progression’ from level one to higher education degree courses. The College will also be able to offer a number of shorter courses in response to community need.
Health and social care students would be able to gain access to the expertise and knowledge of professional medical staff, whilst developing skills through work experience within a specialist hospital environment.
Depending upon the outcome of the consultation Goole College would work closely with partners to consider the best potential outcome for the current site to meet local community need. Official consultation on the plans will open shortly for individual response on the Goole College website.