02 October 2010,

Community Health Partnerships Regional Offices Open for Business

COMMUNITY HEALTH PARTNERSHIPS - REGIONALISATION

Community Health Partnerships begins from 1st October a new regional structure transferring staff to three regional hubs in Manchester (CHP North pictured), Nottingham (CHP Midlands), London (CHP South), with a reduced central team. A key driver of the change is to establish a local presence and provide the NHS, Local Authorities and other key stakeholders greater access to the skills within CHP.

Dr Sue O'Connell, Chief Executive for Community Health Partnerships said, "I am hugely excited by the changes taking place over the next three months which were developed in conjunction with many of our stakeholders. Although we remain as one Company, our devolved structure and local presence will allow CHP to provide solutions to many of the difficult problems that our key stakeholders in the NHS and Local Government are facing and to help steer LIFT as an enabler for change. The quality of staff we have within the new structure provides the perfect foundation to move these changes forward."

Each region will have at its heart a small team of around five individuals, with the Regional Directors sitting on each of the LIFT Company Boards. They will act as a link between the public sector and the local LIFT Company and support the work of all parties. They will provide specialist support to the frontline staff working within the LIFT sector.

Each of the regions has a Chair who will oversee the establishment of the region and the development of local relationships, and participate in the CHP Company Board Meetings.

David Peat OBE, Chair of the CHP North, said, "The changes in CHP are designed to simplify and make more flexible the local relationships and opportunities for joint work between public bodies and the private and public sectors. As we strive to improve health service delivery and quality with greater efficiency in facilities and resources, the opportunities available through CHP and associated LIFT Companies will become more crucial. I am delighted to be given the opportunity to work with colleagues old and new across the North of England on this important shared aim."

Suzy Brain England OBE, Chair of the CHP Midlands, said, "CHP is ideally suited to support the public sector in finding asset solutions to support Transforming Community Services. The vision is to reflect specific and individual local needs using experience drawn from the national CHP network."

Eric Hemming, Chair of the CHP South, said, "The South team will offer support to our public and private sector partners to facilitate progress so that our LIFT companies build on their early successes and continue to improve the efficient and effective use of assets in their communities."

Notes to editors:

Community Health Partnerships (CHP) develops, creates investment in and helps deliver innovative ways to improve health and local authority services.

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

So far it has developed public-private partnerships to establish 49 LIFT companies, covering two thirds of England's population. They have delivered over £2.3 billion of investment in more than 275 buildings that are either open or under construction.

Community Health Partnerships (CHP) - known until autumn 2007 as Partnerships for Health (PfH) - is an independent company, wholly owned by the Department of Health.

For further information, please contact Jason.Marsh@dh.gsi.gov.uk or Tel: 0207 6334100