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LAUNCH OF INITIATIVE TO ASSIST OVER 70 LOCAL AUTHORITIES IN NHS LIFT AREAS

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4ps (the local government project), in conjunction with a number of local ...
4ps (the local government project), in conjunction with a number of local

authorities involved in local improvement finance trusts, has

selected a panel of professional advisers (legal and financial) to provide

support and assistance in addressing LIFT related issues from a local

government perspective. Advice can be accessed by LIFT authorities on a

'call off' basis at discounted rates.

Although primarily an NHS-led initiative, LIFT involves local authorities

since they undertake and are responsible for many health related functions.

Local authorities are using LIFT as one means of 'joining up' health care

service provision with the NHS, mainly in conjunction with primary care

trusts via the provision of joint service centres.

4ps intends that the new service will:

- encourage effective liaison between authorities in LIFT areas and the

efficient use of external consultants;

- standardise the approach to common issues;

- consider the range of options open to authorities in LIFT areas to join up

service delivery with health bodies;

- provide a cost-effective way of accessing high quality advice.

The service will be provided through an 'extranet' facility established and

hosted by 4ps and accessible to local authorities on a fee basis. In return

those authorities will be provided with access to all the guidance posted on

the extranet and to the call off arrangements referred to above. Fees

generated by 4ps from this initiative will be re-cycled to provide further

advice and guidance on LIFT which is of common benefit to LIFT local

authorities. Networking will be facilitated enabling LIFT authorities in

the first wave schemes to pass on the benefit of their respective

experiences to other local authorities involved in subsequent LIFT schemes.

In a separate but related development, the Office of the Deputy Prime

Minister has pledged indicative financial support to a number of

authorities seeking to join up service delivery via the private finance

initiative. Some of these authorities are in LIFT areas although

others have schemes which either don't involve health or alternatively are

outside NHS LIFT areas. 4ps will be developing guidance in the form of a

joint service centre 'procurement pack' and will facilitate project networks

to help focus support to those authorities procuring such facilities.

NOTE:

1. 4ps (Public Private Partnerships Programme) is the local authority agency

set up by the English and Welsh local authority associations (predecessors

to the LGA) in 1996. 4ps offers comprehensive procurement support to local

authorities.

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