14 April 2008,

LIFT OFF for improved healthcare facilities in Southampton

LIFT OFF for improved healthcare facilities in Southampton - 15th April 2008

The South West Hampshire LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) is pleased to announce that it established South West Hampshire LIFT Ltd on 10 April 2008.  This new company is a public private partnership and will enable local NHS trusts and other Public Sector stakeholders to development and expand state-of-the-art health care facilities across the South West Hampshire region.

South West Hampshire LIFT Ltd is owned by gbprimarycare, Southampton City PCT, Hampshire PCT and Community Health Partnerships. This will provide an exciting opportunity for South West Hampshire to deliver better access to extended services from better buildings and closer to home.

The initial schemes being developed by South West Hampshire LIFT Ltd is the primary care delivery centre on the Western Community Hospital site, giving people better access to a greater range of health services with extended opening hours. These services include an NHS walk-in centre, GP surgeries, practitioners with special interests, physiotherapy, musculoskeletal clinic, space for advice sessions such as healthy eating and smoking cessation. This facility will improve the patient experience and move services closer to people's homes.

The second scheme will see a long-awaited replacement for the existing adult mental health in-patient unit on the Royal South Hants Hospital site in Southampton.  The new facility will provide a safe and secure therapeutic environment, designed to enhance high quality care.  A Home Treatment service will also be co-located with the inpatient facility to provide support within the community. The facility will provide fifty inpatient beds, a ten-bed psychiatric intensive care unit, therapy services and support services.

Construction will commence on both sites from Monday 14 April 2008, with completion planned for November 2009 for the Primary Care Delivery Centre and May 2010 for the Adult Mental Health Unit.

Kevin Liles, Director of Corporate Services and Business Operations at Southampton City Primary Care Trust (PCT) said "This is the start of a very exciting period for the improvement of health care and health care facilities across South West Hampshire.  Today's announcement marks two years of intensive work by the LIFT Project Team, and those involved in the subsequent comprehensive evaluation process.  We look forward to successfully creating contemporary buildings to deliver our increasingly modern and efficient health services."

Andy Clapper, Acting Chief Executive for Hampshire Partnership NHS Trust said "We are absolutely delighted that the new Adult Mental Health Unit is going ahead.  The people of Southampton have waited a long time for this facility and we are so grateful that, with the agreement on the LIFT financial close, it will be starting on site within days.  A big thank you to all staff from our Trust, the PCT and the private sector whose hard work has made this possible.  We believe it is going to be a fantastic facility for our service users and staff."

Inger Hebden, Director of Capital Planning for Hampshire Primary Care Trust, said "This marks the beginning of a new relationship that offers the potential for new and improved health facilities.  It also provides potential for stronger partnership working across the public sector and to provide more integrated services for local people." 

Speaking on behalf of gbprimarycare, the private sector partner in the South West Hants LIFT, Elaine Siew, Managing Director of Assura LIFT holdings which is the lead investor in gbprimarycare said  "This is a landmark LIFT being the first to include a £25m Mental Health Unit. We are delighted with the way the partners in the LIFT have worked together to meet a challenging timescale and we look forward to working together to deliver this development and more in the future which will improve the healthcare facilities for so many people in South West Hampshire. The design teams have produced exciting and innovative designs for both buildings which will provide a first class environment for both mental health and primary care."

Notes for Editors:

  • NHS LIFT is about improving health and social care services in England by providing modern, fully maintained buildings which can deliver more services in community settings. The aim is to treat people in comfortable, welcoming environments closer to their homes.

  • The NHS partners is the South West Hampshire LIFT are:

- Southampton City PCT
- Hampshire PCT
- Hampshire Partnership NHS Trust
- South Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust (Hampshire division)
- Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust
- Eastleigh Borough Council
- Hampshire County Council
- Southampton City Council
- Winchester City Council
- Community Health Partnerships

  • Community Health Partnerships (CHP) delivers the Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) programme. Until autumn 2007, CHP, an independent company, wholly owned by the Department of Health, was known as Partnerships for Health. More information on www.communityhealthpartnerships.co.uk

  • gbprimarycare is one of the most successful and experienced LIFT consortia in the country. Assura, which is a 90 percent shareholder, is currently involved in six LIFT companies with an investment value of over £170m. To date 13 new LIFT primary care centres have been completed and a further five are under development including the two SW Hants developments. Its consortium partner in South West Hampshire is the building contractor Geoffrey Osborne Ltd and the architects are Murphy Philipps Architects and Greenhill Jenner.

More information about LIFT can be found on http://www.southamptonhealth.nhs.uk/aboutus/lift

For more information please contact SouthamptonCity Primary Care Trust's Communications Team on 023 8029 6927/ 6928.