19 March 2009,

Local Government and Health Ministers praise 'LIFT' success as 2009 Award winners announced

Local Government and Health Ministers praise 'LIFT' success as 2009 Award winners announced - 18th March 2009

Local Government and health ministers have heralded the success of the LIFT programme in securing integrated services that can transform the health and well-being of communities.

Hazel Blears, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, praised LIFT for 'bringing together local and health authorities into joint procurement of facilities, breaking down silos and integrating services'.

In a foreword introducing the 2009 LIFT Awards in London on Wednesday 18 March, Ms Blears added: 'We are at the beginning of a new era of collaboration between agencies and the needs of individuals, and LIFT has an important part to play.'

Ben Bradshaw, Minister of State for Health Services, said that 'schemes are transforming the pattern and quality of services, leading to greater integration and co-location of provision'.

Mr Bradshaw added: 'The broader use of LIFT across primary health and social care promises considerable benefits across a wide range of public services that will be good for users and for the taxpayer.'

The praise follows the recent announcement of a seven-strong, shortlist of private sector organisations approved as potential LIFT partners for PCTs by the Department of Health under the new Express LIFT scheme.

Innovation and commitment to quality by public and private partners, teams and individuals operating within the LIFT sphere were recognised at the LIFT Awards 2009 tonight (Wednesday 18th March).

George Farley, chair of the LIFT Awards 2009 Steering Committee, said: 'The winners of this year's LIFT Awards have demonstrated great understanding and ability to respond to challenging policy drivers such as integration, transforming community services, world-class commissioning and value for money. They show that the partnership ethos at the heart of the LIFT model is strong and sustainable.'

There were a large number of entries from LIFTCos, public and private sector partners from across England, with 90 organisations applying for 11 categories. The judges came from a range of public and private sector organisations, with a broad spectrum of knowledge and expertise.

Descriptions of all the winning entries can be found in a special LIFT Awards supplement pdf - in partnership with the Health Service Journal (www.hsj.co.uk) and the Local Government Chronicles (www.lgcplus.com)

The winners of the 12 categories are listed below:

1. Design
Winner - Kentish Town Health Centre (Camden & Islington Community Solutions)

- Waldron Health Centre (Lambeth Southwark and Lewisham LIFTCo)
- Wortley Beck Health Centre (Community Ventures Leeds)


2. Innovation
Winner - Portway Lifestyle Centre (Sandwell LIFT Company)

- Renova Developments
- Mount Vernon Treatment Centre (Brent, Harrow and Hillingdon LIFTCo)


3. Sustainability
Winner - Blue Bell Lane Primary Care Centre, Merseyside (Renova Developments)

- Barking Town Centre (Barking and Havering LIFTCo)
- Fareham Community Hospital (Solent Community Solutions)


4. Best Supply Chain Partner
Winner - Morgan Ashurst plc

- Carillion
- Galliford Try


5. Best Adviser
Winner - Devonshires Solicitors

- Shadbolt LLP
- RPS Planning and Development Ltd


6. Enhanced Value
Winner - Community Ventures Leeds

- Salford PCT and Salford City Council for Manchester, Salford and Trafford LIFTCo
- NHS Blackburn with Darwen for East Lancashire Building Partnerships


7. Regeneration
Winner - Brierley Hill Health Centre (Dudley Infracare LIFTCo)

- Bolton Health, Leisure and Research Centre (Bolton Rochdale and Heywood & Middleton LIFTCo)
- Cudworth Shared Service Centre (Barnsley Community Solutions)


8. Community Engagement
Winner - Phoenix Centre, Heywood (Bolton, Rochdale and Heywood & Middleton LIFTCo)

- Brierley Hill Health Centre (Dudley Infracare LIFTCo)
- West End Customer Service Centre, Benwell (Newcastle & North Tyneside LIFTCo)


9. Transforming Service Delivery
Winner - Child Development Centre (East London LIFTCo)

- Retford Primary Care Centre (North Nottinghamshire LIFTCo)
- Three "Gateway Centres" in Walkden, Eccles and Pendleton (Manchester, Salford and Trafford LIFTCo)


10. Users Experience
Winner - Mary Potter Centre (Greater Nottingham LIFTCo)

- Kentish Town Health Centre, north London (Camden and Islington Community Solutions)
- Walkden Gateway Centre (Manchester, Salford and Trafford LIFTCo)


11. CHP Special Achievements
Winner - Clare Postlethwaite, Partnership Director, Manchester, Salford and Trafford (MaST) LIFT


12. LIFT Area of the Year
Winner - Renova Developments in Halton and St Helens, Knowsley, Warrington

- Bolton, Rochdale and Heywood & Middleton LIFTCo
- East Lancashire Building Partnerships Limited


The Awards are supported by main sponsors Community Health Partnerships, Community Solutions for Primary Care, the Eric Wright Group, Nabarro, Primary Plus, The Patients Association and PWC.


Notes for editors:

Details on the awards criteria is available from www.liftawards.co.uk

For more information, please contact:

Judith Cytrynowicz - 020 7633 4113
Zoë Anderson - 020 7793 2536