29 June 2008,

CHP welcomes Darzi Report as ‘manifesto for excellence'

CHP welcomes Darzi Report as 'manifesto for excellence' - 30th June 2008

Community Health Partnerships, which has pioneered the development of health and social care facilities through the LIFT programme, today welcomed publication of Lord Ara Darzi's report 'High Quality Care for All, NHS, Next Stage Review, Final Report'

Dr Sue O'Connell, Chief Executive of CHP, said:

'The report is a manifesto for excellence, for the integration of health and social care focussing on the well being of individuals. Our work forging partnerships between the NHS and local authorities, creating developments that locate diverse services under roof and promote healthy lives, is well-suited to meeting Lord Darzi's recommendations. We can help the NHS and local authorities respond to his challenge to tackle health inequality and deliver care locally in safe, secure environments. We look forward to supporting Lord Darzi's vision, which promises to provide world class commissioning and genuine person-centred health care.'

Contact:

Judith Cytrynowicz 020 7633 4113 or Jack O'Sullivan 07779 655585

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.

By June 2008, CHP, which is wholly owned by the Department of Health, had developed 47 major public-private partnerships, (LIFTCos) covering half of England's population. We had helped LIFT create more than £1500 million of investment in more than 210 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.

Community Health Partnerships, New Kings Beam House, 22 Upper Ground, London
SE1 9BW 0207 633 4113.