29 July 2010,

Community Health Partnerships - Chairman Richard Baldwin's Retirement

Community Health Partnerships (CHP), the central delivery vehicle for the Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) programme, today announced the retirement of the Chair, Professor Richard Baldwin, on 31st July 2010.

Richard Baldwin has been involved in the LIFT programme since its inception in 2002. Initially appointed as a non-executive director on the CHP Board, he was appointed Chair in 2006.

Peter Coates CBE, Department of Health Commercial Director said, "The success of LIFT today in transforming health and social care provision to millions of people can in no small part be related to Richard Baldwin's unstinting passion, energy and focus. Richard has been instrumental in driving the programme forward and inspiring an industry to grow beyond its initial focus to become a force for change that does not just deliver on its promises, but exceeds them."

Dr Sue O'Connell, CHP Chief Executive said, "It has been a great honour to work with a Chair who has such a breadth of knowledge and experience and one who has been so focused on the end game - improving the health and well being of local communities. He has made a major contribution to the success of CHP and the LIFT programme and we all wish him well in his retirement".

Peter Coates will take over as interim Chair to oversee the present restructuring of CHP from a centrally to a regionally based organisation. Professor Baldwin will continue to support DH in an advisory role until October 2010.

For further information please contact Jason.Marsh@dh.gsi.gov.uk


1) The LIFT programme establishes locally based public private partnerships to work with the public sector on strategic asset development and management. It covers over half the population of England, fostering public private partnerships and transforming community based health and social care provision particularly to people in areas of high deprivation. LIFT has provided a tool through which local public sector organisations can dramatically improve the range of community based services available to the populations they serve. Originally intended as a vehicle for primary care provision, the LIFT programme has evolved to encompass health, wellbeing and social care provision, extending the LIFT partnership approach to include local authorities and other public sector provider bodies. It also provides enhanced working conditions for health and social care staff, improving recruitment and retention of key workers.

2) Community Health Partnerships is the DH owned organisation responsible for the delivery of the LIFT programme. The role of CHP in the partnership is complex, acting as promoter, facilitator, supporter, investor and guardian.

3) In 2009/10 CHP consulted with its stakeholders about its future function and form and as a result has decided to restructure and move from a centrally based organisation to a regionally based one (North, Midlands and South). A small central team will remain in place to oversee and coordinate the regional activities. The change will occur in October 2010.