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  • Jane Batchelor

At the end of 2020, the LSHP Foundation provided much needed financial support for over 90 vulnerable children as part of the Picton Children’s Centre Christmas Campaign.

The Children’s Centre, based at the Picton Neighbourhood Health Centre, identified over 90 children in desperate need over the Christmas period due to the severe financial pressures on their families, with the children ranging in ages from new-born to 15 years. With usual fundraising activities curtailed because of the coronavirus, the funding from the LSHP foundation was used by the Children’s Centre to help distribute toys, pyjama’s, toiletries, selection boxes, hats and gloves and food shopping vouchers to the families in need.

Children’s Centre Area Manager, Liz Parsons commented:

“The help and support that LSHP provided for us at the beginning of the Covid crisis made such a difference and brought so much relief, this generous donation for the Christmas Campaign will be a huge help and go towards some of our most vulnerable families.”

  • Jane Batchelor

Mersey Care has invested in a new build mental health hospital that gives an historic site in Southport a new lease of life. Working with Liverpool & Sefton Health Partnership (LSHP) and construction partner Farran Heron Joint Venture, who both successfully helped deliver Mersey Care's Clock View hospital, the project combines local mental health inpatient care and some related community services on a single modern site.

The first phase of a new mental health facility off Scarisbrick New Road, at the rear of Southport's existing Boothroyd Unit opened in December 2019. The hospital was completed in 2020. The new site continues a tradition of hospital provision on the former Southport General Infirmary site.

Hartley Hospital provides two 20-bed wards, one for adults the other for older inpatients, needing short-term mental health care and treatment, as well as an assessment suite for people needing a place of safety and assessment under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act. A range of community services and outpatient clinics are also be co-located there for the first time, enhancing seamless care.

The hospital contains a café, gym, family visiting room, multi-faith area and internal garden courtyards. All patient bedrooms are single with en suite bathrooms and have free-to-use televisions, supporting our commitment to ensure people who may be at their most vulnerable also have space to themselves with privacy and dignity.

Sefton Council granted planning permission subject to strict conditions. They said:

"The development would support one of the council's priorities in providing an improved health facility particular in relation to mental health, and would remove a part derelict site on a key route into Southport town centre."


CCGs, Community Health Partnerships, NHS Property Services and NHS England, as well as other NHS Organisations, are able to use the services of LIFT Companies - such as LSHP - without further procurement. These services include estate management, estate planning, service planning and property development.

With a huge logistical operation to manage, LSHP have the technical skills to support local systems in implementing their response to the COVID-19 Vaccination program, across both LIFT and non-LIFT estate. From identifying the optimum vaccination sites, to managing any potential variations – for example - converting under-utilised or vacant space into vaccine hubs.

Nominated sites must meet the designation criteria*, which will be assessed by CCG teams on NHS England’s behalf and in collaboration with PCN’s. Due to the specific supply, storage, preparation and administration characteristics of the vaccines, as well as ongoing social distancing rules, it is essential that all sites delivering COVID-19 vaccination meet these core requirements.

LSHP's strong partnerships and detailed local knowledge of the primary care & community estate makes us ideally placed to rapidly respond and support with the delivery of the vaccination programme.

For more details or to request contact from a member of the team, please click here and provide your details in the website contact form at the bottom of the page.

* designation criteria:

· Storage

· Planning and co-ordination

· Site Safety

· Wastage

· Space

· Workforce

· Patient Experience

· Vaccine storage and handling

· Preparation

· Administration

· Aftercare

· Data collection


LIFTCos were procured under an OJEU procurement process and each procurement provided for the LIFTCo to enter into a long-term Strategic Partnering Agreement (SPA) with PCTs, Local Authorities and other local health and social care bodies (varying by locality), with three equally important primary arms:

  • LIFTCo was appointed the long-term local Strategic Estates Partner for the local PCT(s) and Area, assisting in the development and updating of a strategic services development plan (SSDP) in co-operation with the other SPA Participants;

  • LIFTCo was required to develop proposals for the delivery of new and improved facilities to accommodate the delivery of primary healthcare and social care;

  • LIFTCo was required to make available other ad-hoc “Partnering Services” as required by the Participants covering all aspects of Estate management, Estate planning, Service planning, Property development, Regeneration, community involvement, FM Services, buildings, plant, equipment, fixtures and fittings.

LIFTCos are Public Private Partnerships based on a 40% public, and 60% private ownership. The 49 individual joint venture LIFTCos were established with the 40% public shareholding originally held 20% by Community Health Partnerships (previously known as Partnerships for Health) and 20% by the procuring PCT(s), although in several areas the latter was shared with Local Authorities.

On the dissolution of PCTs in 2013 the Statutory Transfer Orders for each PCT expressly provided for the local CCG(s), CHP, NHS Property Services and NHS England to become parties to the relevant SPA as successors to the PCT and therefore are able to continue to use the services of LIFTCo without further procurement.

The “retirement” of private financed delivery models in 2019 precluded the procurement of new buildings using the models dictated in the SPA but all LIFTCos are still able to develop new facilities using different approaches as well as providing the full range of partnering services noted above.

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