20 March 2008,

Citycare celebrates Financial Close for its £14m flagship scheme in Hull

Citycare celebrates Financial Close for its £14m flagship scheme in Hull - 20th March 2008

Citycare is proud to announce that work will start on its pioneering £14m Orchard Park Integrated Service Centre in Hull at the beginning of April, after Financial Close was achieved earlier this week.

The new centre will join up health, council and community services for residents of the Orchard Park estate and the wider area.

It is the largest centre to be delivered in the first phase of the city's NHS LIFT programme, delivered by Citycare, and the seventh centre to be built in Hull in three years, representing a total investment of £35m in joined-up public services to the city's communities.

Once the flagship scheme is complete, £35m will have been invested into providing joined up public services at the heart of communities, over the course of just three years, with other centres already operational in six other locations across the city.

The centre will integrate health, social and community services under one roof. An iconic building, it will provide the community with a new, welcome centre for the area, providing assistance on many issues and a broad range of health related consultation and treatment.

Charles Lewis, chair of Citycare, said: "We are delighted that Financial Close on our seventh largest and most complex scheme to date has been achieved. This marks a very significant milestone in the first phase of LIFT in Hull. I am proud of the fact that we have delivered six centres so seamlessly over the last three years and I look forward to the completion of this flagship £14m centre in a community that is in real need of joined up services and a catalyst to wider ranging regeneration."

Kath Lavery, chair of Hull Teaching Primary Care Trust, said: "The centre will improve the ability of staff to engage with local residents, work more closely with the community, tackle issues at the top of residents' agendas and build on positive action to kick start the wider regeneration of the area."                                                           

Links: www.citycare.co.uk

Press Contact: Kelly Todd or Laura Holmes at TAS Communications - (01482) 867867

Notes to Editors

NHS LIFT

  • LIFT provides a flexible mechanism for translating health service plans into investment propositions, so developments are geared towards meeting local health needs

  • LIFT will remove the disincentives of practicing in inner city areas, by developing innovative and more attractive propositions for GPs, and other primary healthcare professionals

Citycare - Hull's NHS LIFT Company

  • Citycare is the company that is delivering the NHS LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) for the Hull Teaching Primary Care Trust and the population of Hull

  • It is a partnership between Hull Teaching Primary Care Trust (PCT) and the Sewell Group

  • This PPP (Public Private Partnership) is responsible for property development, design, construction, maintenance and estates management services delivering over £100m worth of investment over a 25 year period. Investment that will deliver a step change to Hull's primary care estate

  • Citycare's aim is to provide Hull with a community-focused, robust and sustainable health care network over the coming years

  • Citycare's plans and objectives will underpin the modernisation of primary and community care in the city, whilst securing significant improvements in the health of local people and will be a major part of Hull's rapidly regenerating Cityscape