31 July 2008,

CHP welcomes the Express LIFT procurement as a new tool to help transform local community services

CHP welcomes the Express LIFT procurement as a new tool to help transform local community services - 1st August 2008

Community Health Partnerships (CHP) today welcomed the announcement of the Express LIFT procurement that will allow the advantages of LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) to be extended to areas in England not currently covered by LIFT Companies.

CHP is responsible for delivering the LIFT initiative, a national programme of public/private joint venture partnerships designed to transform the health and well-being of local communities.

Dr Sue O'Connell, Chief Executive of CHP, said:
'LIFT is a proven tool for transforming the health and well being of local communities. Express LIFT is an opportunity for the benefits of LIFT to be felt by PCTs, local authorities and communities not currently in a LIFT area. The important feature of the LIFT model is that it establishes a local partnership to enable the delivery of locally determined service solutions. The experience gained from LIFT has enabled the Department of Health to introduce a new procurement method that will allow a LIFT company to be established in a much shorter timescale. We look forward to supporting PCTs and local authorities to establish LIFT in their areas.'

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.

By the Summer of 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 225 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.