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Estate planning and mobilisation support for Covid-19 vaccine rollout programme

Updated: Nov 18

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 Arden Estate Partnerships - without further procurement. These services include estate management, estate planning, service planning and property development.

With a huge logistical operation to manage, Arden Estate Partnerships 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.

Arden Estate Partnerships' 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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