06 December 2012,

PCT estate programme

Community Health Partnerships is pleased to confirm that it will assume responsibility for all of the PCTs interests in LIFT, effective from 1st April 2013.

The overriding priority of Community Health Partnerships (CHP) during this period of transition is to continue to provide an excellent level of service to patients, GP's, the NHS and other health and community service providers who occupy LIFT buildings, with the ultimate aim of positively contributing to health outcomes through the better use of the estate.

CHP Chair, John Bacon commented:
"We are pleased to be working in partnership with the Department of Health and NHS Property Services to ensure a smooth transition of PCTs responsibilities for LIFT and the LIFT Estate. This transition will be a significant programme of work, planning for which is well underway. We also look forward to driving out improved value and utilisation in support of the wider NHS QIPP targets."

There are four key responsibilities that CHP will take on from 1st April 2013:

  • PCTs' shareholding in LIFT Companies will transfer to CHP.

  • CHP will take responsibility for PCTs' subordinated debt loans to NHS LIFT schemes.

  • CHP will become a participant in the 49 Strategic Partnering Agreements covering each of the LIFT areas.

  • CHP will become Head Tenant and Landlord, with responsibility for all LIFT buildings.
    Managing, maintaining and investing in a portfolio of high quality primary care and community estate. It is currently envisaged that operational functions will be subcontracted to NHS Property Services Ltd, to ensure that occupiers continue to receive high quality facilities, supported by the same staff functions.

CHP Non-Executive Director Dr Sam Everington commented:
"This is a huge opportunity to bring together the newly formed CCG's and those organisations involved in planning the healthcare estate. Working closely with NHS Property Services, CHP will help drive efficiencies and raise quality across the estate."

CHP Non-Executive Director, Dr Roy Macgregor commented:
"As a GP, I have experienced first-hand the impact that LIFT buildings have on how primary care is delivered and drive service improvements for patients. For example, the Kentish Town Health Centre in London, is housed within a LIFT building and brings together a truly integrated service for the local community.

Community Health Partnerships will draw on over ten years' experience in leading and facilitating public and private sector partnerships to deliver a wide range of health planning and estate services that support GP's, health providers and local authorities' improvements in estate.

Playing a pivotal role as a strategic estate leader in local communities, working alongside NHS Property Services Ltd, the National Commissioning Board, Local Area Teams and Clinical Commissioning Groups. CHP will work to link health commissioning to strategic estate decisions, driving efficiencies and creating savings through better planning and management of estate.


Notes to Editors

From 1st April 2013 PCTs will cease to be statutory bodies and their responsibilities for
NHS Local Improvement Finance Trusts (LIFTs) will be transferred to Community Health Partnerships (CHP).

CHP is a company that is wholly owned by the Department of Health and is there to look after the interests patients and the public sector. CHP has a unique track record of working with the private sector within a public/private partnership model and has taken LIFT from procurement to delivery, with the infrastructure in place to look after the public investment in 49 local LIFT partnerships.

Over the past ten years CHP has established 49 LIFT companies who have delivered more than 300 buildings with over 700,000m2 of space, utilised by communities throughout England.

Working in partnership with the LIFT Companies, CHP has generated over £2.5bn of investment, leveraging an original investment of c£53m made by the Department of Health, providing an on-going return on investment to public sector shareholders including the local NHS.

Through establishing the 49 LIFT Companies, CHP has a proven track record in joint venture setup and governance, with CHP Directors on the Board of every LIFTCo safeguarding the public interest and facilitating local partnerships. www.communityhealthpartnerships.co.uk

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