09 December 2008,

CHP welcomes proposed expanded role supporting PCTs in LIFT programme

CHP welcomes proposed expanded role supporting PCTs in LIFT programme - 9th December 2008

Community Health Partnerships (CHP) today welcomed proposals that it should be allowed to expand its support for PCTs that use the LIFT programme to develop new infrastructure.

The recommendation comes in a review, commissioned by the Department of Health, of a small number of LIFT areas that have yet to reach their full potential.

CHP should be asked to provide a more tailored service to PCTs, including guidance on key issues, extra management training and one-to-one support where necessary, recommends the report by Caroline Rassell, Director of Finance and Procurement in North East Essex PCT.

Her report finds that some PCTs, in areas where LIFT is less successful, need more hands-on support to achieve the best out of the programme. It argues that the task of meeting this need should go to CHP, which currently oversees the programme and manages the Department of Health's investment in the LIFT programme.

Dr Sue O'Connell, Chief Executive of Community Health Partnerships, said:

'We are delighted with Caroline Rassell's recommendation that we should take up this new extended support role. It is a development that CHP has sought for some time and which underlines the importance of the support that CHP offers to PCTs. It is particularly appropriate to reinforce CHP's role at this time. In the New Year Express LIFT will bring many more PCTs into the programme that, until now, have had little experience of LIFT and which will need good back up. We will shortly announce a raft of measures to provide a range of new support that will be available to all PCTs working with the LIFT programme.'

Contact: Judith Cytrynowicz 020 7633 4113/ Jack O'Sullivan 07779 655585

Notes to Editors:

  • Community Health Partnerships (CHP) is an independent company, wholly owned by the Department of Health. It was established to deliver LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust), a national programme of public/private joint ventures designed to provide clean, modern, purpose-built premises, integrating health and local authority services. Until now, CHP has been tasked mainly with establishing new LIFT companies and managing the Department of Health's investment,

  • The LIFT programme, overseen by CHP, comprises 47 LIFT company partnerships of public-private finance and expertise. They have generated over £1500m in investment to develop more than 225 new integrated community facilities.

  • Caroline Rassell's review of aspects of the LIFT programme is published by the Department of Health. It can be found on the DH website here.