17 March 2009,

CHP today welcomed the announcement of the Express LIFT framework

CHP today welcomed the announcement of the Express LIFT framework - 17th March 2009

Community Health Partnerships (CHP) today welcomed the announcement of the Express LIFT framework. The Department of Health has identified a shortlist of seven private sector organisations from which the public sector can select a partner to set up a local LIFT company.

For the past five years, CHP has been instrumental in delivering the Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) initiative, a national programme of public/private partnerships designed to transform the health and well-being of local communities.

CHP has developed a central pool of skills and expertise to assist organisations willing to engage in the Express LIFT journey.

The CHP team of experts can provide a tailored package of support that includes:

• Express LIFT - a guide to the possibilities, limitations and responsibilities

• Providing Express LIFT procurement guidance

• Maximising the benefits of partnership working

• Delivering a comprehensive package of training and skills development

Health Minister, Ben Bradshaw, said:
'I welcome the new support measures being put together by Community Health Partnerships. The broader use of LIFT across primary health and social care promises considerable benefits across a wide range of public services that will be good for users and for the taxpayer.'

Dr Sue O'Connell, Chief Executive, CHP, said:
'Express LIFT offers organisations the opportunity to respond to community service needs by creating purpose built infrastructure. CHP is here to help organisations willing to engage in the Express LIFT process.'

For more information on Express LIFT, please read the Department of Health press release or contact the the Department of Health Press Office on 0207 210 5221.

Contact Judith Cytrynowicz 020 7633 4113 or Jack O'Sullivan 07779 655 585

Notes to Editors:
Community Health Partnerships (CHP) develops innovative, public-private partnerships to improve dramatically the health and well-being of local communities. It has helped to deliver the NHS's first coordinated programme of major investment in new primary and community healthcare facilities.

CHP, which is wholly owned by the Department of Health, had developed 47 major public-private partnerships (LIFTCos) covering half of England's population. LIFT has helped create more than £1600 million of investment in more than 200 operational buildings. CHP is also developing other models of public-private partnership, including Community Ventures, Social Enterprises and Strategic Estate Management to improve and bring together community and health services.