Childwall Neighbourhood Health Centre, Liverpool
‘The Fiveways Centre’ in Childwall opened its doors in November 2011.
Childwall and the surrounding areas now have a state-of-the-art building that houses such a wide range of key services under one roof. It is a real asset to the local community, including the young people who will benefit from the new education facilities and extended library services.
The £8m facility houses the new Childwall Library, learning facilities for Childwall Sport and Science College, and a Neighbourhood Health Centre. The health centre is part of Liverpool Primary Care Trust’s wider vision for ‘A New Health Service for Liverpool’, which has seen millions of pounds invested into new health facilities across the city. Childwall is the tenth purpose-built health centre to open in recent years.
The new centre addresses all of these issues by providing members of the local community in Childwall and its surrounding areas, with a modern, friendly and easily accessible healthcare, education and library facility which is located close to where they live and serves their needs more effectively. It is anticipated that it will prove a real asset for the whole community – both young and old - and will create a lasting legacy of improved health and wellbeing for many years to come.
Transforming Community Services
The Fiveways Centre closely supports Liverpool PCT’s wider vision for ‘A New Health Service for Liverpool’, which has seen millions of pounds invested into new health facilities across the city over recent years.
Childwall is the tenth purpose-built health centre to open as a result of this strategy, with a further two currently under construction. In particular, the scheme directly underpins the PCT’s on-going commitment to reducing pressure on the city’s hospitals by providing better healthcare services located across the city, and to reducing health and educational inequalities.
Childwall Library was one of the busiest community libraries in the city, but its facilities had been outgrown. The tired 1960s library building desperately needed to be replaced with a facility with a more modern look and feel, which would excite a new generation about learning and provide a more enhanced service to the local community.
The new facility also closely supports Childwall School, a nearby specialist sports and science centre, by providing it with additional, modern learning spaces to help better meet the needs of its staff and students, and closely support the school’s strong focus on health and wellbeing.
A Centre for the Whole Community
The building is now regularly accessed by each of the following groups:
- GPs and health professionals
- Staff and students and Childwall School
- Large numbers of the local community accessing health services and the new library facility
The reaction of end users has been summed up by each of these key partners:
“This is an extremely exciting and innovative scheme, which will drive health and wellbeing improvement in Childwall and the surrounding communities. The project closely underpins our on-going commitment to providing better healthcare services across the city and reducing health inequalities and is already creating a lasting legacy of improved health and wellbeing for our communities.”
Gideon Ben-Tovim, Chair of Liverpool Primary Care Trust
“Our 300+ post 16 students are delighted to be working alongside professionals from the Health and Library Service. Their new facilities are absolutely exceptional and are an integral part of our mission to provide ‘lifelong learning.”
The Centre was developed by Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnership (LSHP) on behalf of Liverpool Primary Care Trust, Liverpool City Council and Childwall School Specialist Sports College. The project was the result of a combined lease agreement between these key partners.
LSHP is a private public partnership company formed in 2004 as part of the UK Government’s Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) initiative established to address the chronic need to provide new, fit for purpose primary care facilities.
LSHP has a private sector shareholding of 60% and a public sector shareholding of 40%. Its key shareholders include: gbconsortium, Community Health Partnerships, Liverpool Primary Care Trust and Sefton Primary Care Trust.
Although the majority of the projects undertaken by Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnership, centre around the development of new health care facilities via the LIFT initiative, it also assists in the development of services for the wider health and social care community.
Since its establishment, the company has become the first choice developer for healthcare and community facilities in Sefton and Liverpool. Having already completed ten centres, and with a further four currently under construction, to date this represents a total investment of £70m into some of Merseyside’s most deprived communities and makes LSHP one of the most successful LIFT partnerships in the UK.