20 March 2008,

NHS health centres win ‘Oscars’ for world-class design and services

NHS health centres win 'Oscars' for world-class design and services - 20 March 2008

New NHS health centres that place high tech surgeries alongside swimming pools, benefit offices and social services are among the winners of this year's health 'Oscars'.

The 1st Annual LIFT awards are for the best examples of partnership that have developed  210 buildings in the £1.5bn LIFT building programme to improve primary care facilities. Before the programme 70 per cent of such facilities were in urgent need of repair or modification.

The Government's LIFT programme allows primary care and local authorities to work with the private sector to create a LIFT Company. (LIFTCo) It develops and invests in new premises, to provide communities with modern, integrated health and community services in high quality, fit for purpose and innovative premises.

LIFT is the first coordinated programme of investment in primary healthcare infrastructure in the history of the NHS. Well over half the population of England and more than 80 PCTS are now covered by LIFT, which was started in 2001.

Ben Bradshaw, Minister of State for Health Services, praised the 12 winners of the 1st Annual LIFT Awards.  He said: "I congratulate the LIFT Award winners for creating world-class NHS facilities that tackle decades of under-investment. These developments have given local people modern, clean, purpose built premises that bring together NHS and local authority services and are regenerating many communities. LIFT has proved its value and, as the Government considers new ways of improving local health and community services, these winners show how value can be ensured for the taxpayer and for communities."

Dr Sue O'Connell, chief executive of Community Health Partnerships, which coordinates the LIFT programme said: "We are seeing health and community services transformed by the innovative partnerships and ideas that have been highlighted by the winners of these awards."

The winners of the 1st Annual LIFT Awards are:

Regeneration
Winner:
Grimethorpe Health & Social Care Centre – Barnsley LIFTCo

Shortlisted:
Wythenshawe Health Centre, Manchester - MaST
LIFT Co
Platt Bridge Health Centre, Wigan – Foundation for Life LIFTCo

Health service delivery
Winner: Salford Primary Care Trust

Enhanced patient experience
Winner:
Southern Derbyshire LIFTCo

Shortlisted:
Barking and Havering LIFTCo
MaST LIFTCo

Community Improvement
Winner:
Bury Tameside and Glossop LIFTCo

Shortlisted:
Sandwell LIFTCo
Newcastle and North Tyneside LIFTCo

Design
Winners:
Litherland Health Centre – Liverpool & Sefton LIFTCo;
and
Westcotes Health Centre – Leicester LIFTCo

Shortlisted:
Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham LIFTCo

Best Supply Chain partner
Winner:
Galliford Try

Shortlisted:
Patient Access Solutions
Carillion

Value for Money
Winner:
Willow Tree Healthy Living Centre – MaST LIFTCo

Shortlisted:
Norfolk LIFTCo
Doncaster LIFTCo
Birmingham & Solihull LIFTCo

Innovation
Winner: Barkantine Centre, East London & City LIFTCo

Shortlisted:
Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham LIFTCo
Hull LIFTCo

Best advisor
Winner:
Grant Thornton

Shortlisted:
Mills & Reeve
Capsticks

Sustainability
Winner:
Plowright Medical Centre – Norfolk LIFTCo

Shortlisted:
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LIFTCo
Barking and Havering LIFTCo

CHP Special Achievement
Winner:
Neil Grice and Richard Ashcroft


LIFT Area of the year
Winner:
Oldham

Shortlisted:
Halton, St Helens, Knowsley and Warrington
Greater Nottingham and North Nottinghamshire

Contact:           Jack O'Sullivan 07779 655585 - Judith Cytrynowicz 020 7633 4113

A special supplement, including images, of all the winning developments is downloadable here

Notes to Editors:

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.

Community Health Partnerships, New Kings Beam House, 11th Floor, 22 Upper Ground, LONDON SE1 9BW Telephone:  0207 633 4113 www.communityhealthpartnerships.co.uk