12 March 2009,

Picton Neighbourhood Health & Children’s Centre Nominated for National Award

Picton Neighbourhood Health & Children's Centre Nominated for National Award - 12th March 2009

Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnership and Galliford Try are delighted to announce that Picton Neighbourhood Health & Children's Centre has been nominated for the Community Benefit award at the RICS North West Awards 2009.

The award, won last year by The Gateway, Warrington, honours outstanding achievements in providing community facilities for a single or group of buildings. In this category judges will seek to identify evidence of positive local community feedback, improvements to local landscape/streetscape and high levels of public access to the scheme.

Graham Pink, Chief Executive of Liverpool & Sefton Health Partnership said "We are thrilled that the facility at Picton has been recognised for the impact it has had on the local area. The centre has become a central part of the community, and we provide a wide range of services to the local residents, that previously were not provided in the area. The inclusion of the SureStart Children's Centre means that healthcare is now more accessible for parents with young children."

The winners in all 8 categories of the RICS North West Awards 2009 will be announced at the Awards Event on Friday 8 May 2009 in the City of Manchester Stadium.

For more information visit the RICS North West Awards 2009 website: www.rics.org

Notes to editors:

Formed in 2004, Liverpool & Sefton Health Partnership holds the franchise for the NHS Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) for the Liverpool and Sefton areas.

The company is a Public Private Partnership and has gb Consortium, Community Health Partnerships, Liverpool Primary Care Trust and Sefton Primary Care Trust as its shareholders. It also has Liverpool City Council, Sefton Metropolitan Council, Mersey Care and Northwest Ambulance Service as strategic partners.

Gb consortium is the majority shareholder and comprises; Assura Healthcare, Bilfinger Berger Project Investments, Galliford Try Investments and Sapphire Primary Care.

The NHS LIFT is a major Government initiative designed to stimulate investment in local primary and social care facilities. To date nearly 230 new centres have been delivered nationally across England under the initiative.

LSHP has established itself across the Liverpool and Sefton area as the first choice developer for healthcare facilities. Having completed six centres in Wavertree, Walton, Southport, Ainsdale, Litherland and Everton, this represents an investment of £28 million by the company in providing new fit for purpose healthcare facilities for the communities of Liverpool and Sefton.

For Further Information:

Please contact Zoë Armfield on 0151 295 3926 or email Zoë.Armfield@lshp.nhs.uk