04 June 2008,

CHP comments on King's Fund report on polyclinics

CHP comments on King's Fund report on polyclinics - 5th June 2008

Community Health Partnerships, facilitator of the LIFT programme that has developed £1.5bn of primary care investment, today commented on the King's Fund report, 'Under One Roof, Will Polyclinics Deliver Integrated Care?'

The report highlights the opportunities that LIFT developments offer in terms of:

  • co-location of health and community services;

  • the creation of clean, modern premises that are fit for purpose;

  • facilities that are valued highly by patients and staff;

  • more locally based services that help the management of chronic conditions;

  • potential costs savings arising out of a shift from hospital to primary care provision.

Concerned that these benefits are fully realised, it advocates:

  • Improved strategic local health planning by PCTs (and SHAs) into which LIFT developments fit;

  • Detailed health needs assessments and benefits realisation programmes for LIFT developments;

  • Greater strategic and clinical leadership within LIFT developments and PCTs to ensure:
    - optimum room utilisation;
    - effective interdisciplinary working to take advantage of co-located services;
    - good coordination between secondary and primary care provision;
    - a close focus on community health needs and maintaining good access to services.

Community Health Partnership, which is leading work in all of these fields, welcomes these observations, many of which it shares. It is developing innovative approaches and tools to ensure good partnership, strategic planning, community engagement, optimum room utilisation as well as thorough health needs assessment and benefits realisation within the LIFT Programme. CHP will shortly publish the first review of its Innovation and Knowledge Transfer Programme which has developed new approaches in all these fields.

Download the King's Fund report:
Under One Roof: Will polyclinics deliver integrated care?