Local Improvement Finance Trust


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Local Improvement Finance Trust

A UK government scheme to involve the private sector in financing improvements in primary care, social care and community infrastructure by improving facilities—e.g., GP surgeries (offices in American medical English) and health centres. The health and social care version of the LIFT scheme was first introduced for inner-city areas of high deprivation, but has been extended to the rest of the UK.
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Launched in 2003, the NHS Local Improvement Finance Trust is helping to strengthen the market for investment in primary care and communitybased facilities and services.
It is one of 25 centres being built across Birmingham and Solihull in a partnership between the Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT), Birmingham & Solihull Solutions, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust, and Heart of Birmingham PCT.
It comes from the government's local improvement finance trust (Lift) building programme, backed by private sector cash, aimed at replacing existing facilities which have become out-dated and unfit for delivering modern healthcare.
Existing GP practices and health centres could also be refurbished and brought upto-date under the Local Improvement Finance Trust initiative.
A local improvement finance trust, Birmingham and Solihull Solutions, has been involved in getting the scheme off the ground.
Ward Hadaway has acted on behalf of eight NHS primary care trusts, from Newcastle to London, for new Local Improvement Finance Trust schemes, working with the private sector to develop facilities in areas suffering low healthcare investment.
Details of the first wave of 10 centres,costing a total of pounds 20m, were announced last night by a public-private partnership body, the NHS local improvement finance trust.

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