The official opening of new The Grove facility took place on Thursday 10 May, with the ribbon cutting performed by London Borough of Redbridge Councillor Elaine Norman.
The new facility is on Grove Road in Chadwell Heath and is home to the NELFT targeted children’s services for Redbridge.
The teams at the Grove will be providing integrated specialist community children’s health services for young people in Redbridge up to the age of 18. Around 90 staff will be working at the new facility and the service delivers physical and mental health support for children and young people with special needs and their families.
The journey to the opening of The Grove began in 2013 when the Health Needs of Disabled Children working group identified that new premises would improve clinical care. In late 2014, some services relocated to the building, formerly called Grovelands, which signalled the start of the move towards creating a one-stop centre for younger people in Redbridge. The development and extension of the building, to create The Grove, was funded by NELFT.
The Grove was fully operational from February 2018 and is now home to 13 different health services and allows the staff to provide joined up and multi-disciplinary support to children and young people and their families.
Another feature of the building is an agile working space which allows staff from across all NELFT services to work there. NELFT has pioneered the use of agile working with more than 4,000 staff now able to work agilely and benefit from being able to work more flexibly and not having to spend time travelling in between bases.
Bob Edwards (NELFT Integrated Care Director for Redbridge) said: “It’s fantastic to be able to officially open this new facility today. It is a great example of how partnership working can benefit the people of Redbridge and I’d like to pay tribute to the dedication of the staff who have enabled this amazing new facility to be created for the children and young people of the borough.”
Councillor Elaine Norman said: “The Grove is something to celebrate as it brings together many different services in one place that will deliver a more holistically-based service for children. The partnership between NELFT and the London Borough of Redbridge is considering what greater integration will look like and how services can be further improved.”
Pictured below is the mural in reception at The Grove: