24 July 2013,

Celebrating 10 Years of LIFT, Local Impacts following Amion Economic Report

Tonight, public and private sector partners from across the UK will gather to celebrate the health, regeneration and economic impacts of the £100m Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) Programme in Hull.

A report published earlier this month by Amion Consulting illustrated that the NHS Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) nationally had injected £2.2billion of capital into improving facilities and generated an estimated £1.13billion worth of business for SMEs. Tomorrow, the spotlight will be on Kingston Upon Hull and it’s LIFT company – Hull Citycare Ltd.

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Since 2004, Citycare and the LIFT partnership in Hull have delivered a £100m estate partnership that has created a £234m local impact through the use of local supply chain and over 1200 full time jobs. At least 89% of all labour to deliver the 14 new health and community hubs was sourced from a HU postcode.

The centres, placed at the heart of neighbourhoods across the city house over 100 services along with 36 GP practices. Over 70% of Hull’s residents access services from these facilities.

Ahead of the ceremony, headline speaker Dr Sue O’Connell, Chief Executive of Community Health Partnerships, who invest in 49 LIFT companies across the country including Hull based Citycare, said:

“CHP is impressed with the Citycare story – because not only has there been a strong track record of delivering major new buildings that have a significant positive impact – the LIFT programme in Hull has been a truly inclusive endeavour, touching and helping to transform all parts of the health, social care and regeneration agenda in the city.”

“Local people and patients want a seamless experience of healthcare and we have the best chance of achieving that when all of the organisations involved work together as closely as they have here.”

Chris Long, Area Team Director of NHS England and Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP, West Hull and Hessle, former Health Secretary, are among other key speakers at the ceremony. Chris said:

“When we set off on this journey almost 10 years ago, the ambition was to bring together expertise and funding from the public and private sectors to help transform Hull’s health and social care estate in a long-term partnership. The results are a reflection of the dedication of the teams involved.”