The trustees of the Bobath Centre have made a strategic decision to sell the building and land in East Finchley and relocate to new premises within the north London area. This decision will not immediately affect our services as the sale of the building is expected to be completed in some 18 months. Until then it will be business as usual, and treatment for patients will continue at the current premises.
The decision to relocate has been taken in response to changes in the way health care is funded and organised. Over the last few years, the cost of delivering therapy has risen while it has become increasingly difficult for people to access our specialist services, particularly those who have historically depended on NHS funding. By selling the property now we will safeguard our ability to continue to provide highly specialised treatment for adults with neurological disability.
We are starting to look for new premises in and around north London that will meet our organisational needs, allow us to upgrade our treatment facilities for the people who use our services, and modernise our training facilities. Centre Director, Christine Barber, has worked at the Bobath Centre for 35 years. She sees the move as a great opportunity for the charity to grow. “This is the fifth time the Centre has moved in its 60-year history, and each has benefited those who use our services. The move will allow us to adapt how we deliver treatment and training in the changing health landscape as well as modernise our facilities and upgrade equipment.”