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  • Jane Batchelor

The reconfiguration works at Tarleton Health Centre in Preston, which serves the people of Tarleton Village and the surrounding areas, will deliver much needed extra clinical space for patients and staff. Commissioned by NHS Property Services, the LIFTCo project team is leading on the works which are due for completion in early 2021. The project will deliver four new consulting rooms, new office space and meeting room, along with a new roof.

  • Jane Batchelor

Over the past few months, Liverpool & Sefton Health Partnership (LSHP) have been supporting clients in responding to business-critical issues brought about by COVID-19 and we continue to work with local healthcare leaders to support them in their efforts to provide additional support across Cheshire and Merseyside.

This work included a rapid response from the LSHP team during the early stages of the pandemic to turn the South Liverpool Treatment Centre (pictured below) into a ‘Hot Hub’ for patients with Covid-19 symptoms. The building has been easily able to accommodate significant short-term premises adaptions with an eye on what longer term and perhaps permanent changes may be needed.

The situation is complex and evolving, and we will continue to do whatever it can to support local communities, health and care organisations, plus the health, safety and wellbeing of staff, clients and delivery partners, to reduce the potentially devastating impact to life, health and wellbeing.

Current projects being carried out across the locality include:

  • Recovery Plans for local CCG’s to help support staff returning to the office.

  • Continuation of the LSHP Estates Advisory Roles supporting both Cheshire & Merseyside Health and Care Partnership and local CCG’s.

  • Provision of an Asset Manager to Liverpool CCG Head Office at The Lewis’s Building, procured through LSHP, providing an important all-encompassing building management service and support to the senior leadership team.

  • Supporting with Service Recovery into LIFT buildings since COVID and for winter planning.

If you are interested in finding out more about any of this work, please contact a us using the Contact Us form.

  • Jane Batchelor

The LSHP Foundation and gbpFoundation and have been supporting Own Books for some time, so we were delighted to have an update from the team on what they have been up to during the difficult lockdown period, along with the news that they officially became a registered charity in July.

Own Books was founded by Julie de Bastion in response to the discovery that some children do not have books at home, while she was being a volunteer reading helper in a local primary school. Since then, the project and scheme has grown and Own Books supplies many preschools, parent centres, primary schools and high schools with a regular supply of free books to suit all ages and variety of reading and subject matter for the children and their parents to take home and keep or return to the school with no obligation.

Julie and the Own Books team have been busy developing a range of online services during lockdown and reaching out in ways to stimulate reading and books with the launch of their Own Books YouTube channel; “Story time with Julie” and offering interactive engagement on their Facebook and Instagram pages.

The team are also delighted to announce the launch of another new exciting poetry writing project, planned for the coming academic year 20/21 called “The Poet Tree.” They are hoping to invite and engage schools in this stimulating, non-competitive project, to encourage children to write about their feelings and experiences, turning to the inspiration of Nature as our greatest resource.

They would also like to invite illustrator / artists, aged from 11 to 18, to illustrate the anthologies created in the project. If you’d like to get involved please email Grace at the email address for more information.

OwnBooks is looking forward to resuming their usual service for children so they may have free books to take home and keep. If you have any books you wish to donate to Own Books or wish to be a recipient of our projects please email:

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