South West college plans £13 million healthcare investment
A leading South West college has revealed plans to spend more than £13million on a healthcare facility.
Weston College will introduce a health and active living skills centre which will be located at the college’s university campus, in Loxton Road, Weston-super-Mare.
The facility will be the first of its kind in the South West and courses will enable young people and adults to learn from level one up to degree level.
Dr Paul Phillips, principal and chief executive of the Weston College Group, said: “This is an important investment in the future of healthcare in the region.
“We looked at a number of options when it came to building this new centre, but the one that was most viable was to build it at our Loxton Campus, which is a stone’s throw away from Weston General Hospital.
“The development will bring together the college’s health and social care, sports therapy and active living curricula into one bespoke facility, which will benefit our students as well as the wider community.”
The college has underlined its plans to support the increasing demand on the health sector and address the NHS shortages in the area.
Extensive consultation has been undertaken with health leaders to understand the challenges the sector faces and how these can be addressed through an expansion of the college’s provision.