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
'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.
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