17 February 2011,

Community Health Partnerships Ltd Announces New Chairman

John Bacon CB has been appointed Chair of Community Health Partnerships Ltd (CHP), which is an independent company, wholly owned by the Department of Health.

CHPs main activity so far has been to deliver the Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) programme which provides clean, modern, purpose-built premises for health and local authority services in England.

Mr Bacon joins CHP as the company moves into a new structure with regionalised operations and his appointment is essential to driving the future direction of the company and ensuring that CHP continues to achieve the highest professional and business standards in public-private ventures..

As Chair Mr Bacon brings long-term experience to the role having worked for many years at both operational and strategic levels in the NHS including Director of Service Delivery for the NHS in England, in which he has taken responsibility for capital investment projects. More recently, he has been Non-executive Chair of a large Mental Health Foundation Trust.

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

"I am delighted to welcome John Bacon to his new role. The skills and expertise John brings to this post will ensure CHP has every opportunity to further strengthen its future direction."

Department of Health, Commercial Director, Peter Coates said:

"I welcome the appointment of John Bacon to Chair CHP. He joins the company at a time of change and I know that he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to CHP to guide it to being the recognised centre of excellence in future public-private ventures."

John Bacon said:

"It is an exciting time to be joining the Board of CHP as it moves to a new regional structure and continues to drive innovation and continuous improvement across the Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) programme and public-private partnerships. I look forward to working with the Board to deliver CHP's full potential."

Mr Bacon took up his new role on 17 February 2011.

Notes to Editors

  1. Community Health Partnerships is a national organisation, rooted in local delivery of better community health and local authority services.

  1. It has a proven record of accomplishment of innovative thinking and practical on-time delivery of projects tailored to local need. It fosters continuous improvement as it brings together the financial and organisational skills of the public and private sectors.

  1. Community Health Partnerships is helping to deliver the National Health Service's first coordinated programme of major investment in new primary healthcare facilities. As a result, some of the best infrastructure, characteristically found mainly in the private sector, is now also available within NHS primary healthcare.

  1. The methods pioneered by CHP offer benefits to the NHS in general, to individuals using NHS services, to staff and to organisations, such as local authorities that work in partnership with the NHS. There are also benefits to communities, in terms of general health provision and regeneration. CHP is a centre of learning, disseminating good practice that springs out of its innovative and creative ways of developing better community health and social care.

  1. Investment worth more than £2.2b has been generated by CHP in developing more than 270 buildings that are either open or under construction across all 10 English strategic health authorities.

  1. This investment has largely been engineered via the NHS Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) programme, with CHP as key to helping the public sector to use their LIFTCos more effectively as well as supporting LIFTCos in their development.

  1. This form of procurement is offering efficient, on-time delivery of health and local authority services, which brings long-term value for money at predictable cost to PCTs, local government and to clinicians. Maintenance agreements ensure that the developments remain of high standard for 25 years.

  1. Community Health Partnerships helps ensure that individuals are treated in modern, integrated health and social care facilities where many of their needs are met in one place instead of in numerous, difficult to reach, out-dated buildings.

  1. In a matter of years, CHP has helped develop some of the best new facilities, once found only in the private sector, inside the NHS, particularly in areas of social disadvantage.

For more information contact:

Community Health Partnerships
Jason Marsh
020 797 24991