PLANS for a new mental health community hub to be located in Selby have been given the green light.

The board of directors at Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust approved the outline business case for a new community hub in Selby, which will provide mental health and learning disability services for adults, older people and children and young people.

The Trust is currently exploring options for the site and the new hub will replace Worsley Court and will relocate children and young people’s services from Selby Cabin, where community mental health services are currently based.

The community hub will provide additional therapy space, improve patient access and help teams to work together more efficiently, ultimately improving patient experience, the Trust said.

The full business case is due in February 2019 and the new building is expected to be complete in late 2020.

Ruth Hill, director of operations for York and Selby, said: “We are delighted that we are able to progress these exciting plans as it will have a hugely positive impact on service users, staff and the Selby community.

“This is a key project for the Trust. Increasingly people want to receive care in their home or within their community, where appropriate, as an alternative to hospital admission. The new community hub will enable us to do this and will provide high quality community-centred care, better access to our services and importantly it will enable our teams to work collaboratively.”