Everton Road Neighbourhood Health Centre, Liverpool
Situated on a prominent but challenging sloping site this £3.2m new build facility serves the healthcare needs of this area of north Liverpool. Completion of the development was celebrated in June 2005.
The innovative design by Liverpool & Sefton Health Partnership’s (LSHP) architects utilised the sloping nature of the site to create a 2-storey frontage with four levels. The facility includes 4 GP’s, outpatients, dentistry, podiatry, district nurses with expansion space for further provision as demand dictates.
The construction of the building took into account changes in the population health needs and other primary care developments. It addressed the key directions required to continue developing and strengthening a responsive and cohesive primary care system. The main focus is on:-
Better access to services and
Integrated health promotion
The construction of the building included consultations with GPs, PCT Managers, direct service providers, users and community groups.
LSHP and Liverpool PCT also worked closely with Liverpool City Council to cater for the needs of social services which are also housed in the building. The improved facilities will assist the PCT in the recruitment and retention of staff which can be challenging in deprived areas.
The facility also includes a modern Pharmacy.
Transforming Community Services
The scheme creates a health centre to accommodate existing services and GP practices with an integrated primary care team. The service from Everton Road Neighbourhood Health Centre has helped to improve patient access to health and social services by offering a range of services to patients from modern, purpose built premises. The development of a Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) project in this area has provided a central focus for the delivery of high quality health services to the local population.
The overarching ethos of the centre is one of partnership and collaborative working and has broken from the traditional practices of separate working. The centre’s physical design and management structures has encouraged a shared use of space wherever appropriate, shared services and, crucially, shared responsibility for developing the health and well-being of local residents.
The Centre recognises the vital contribution primary and community services make to health improvement and patient care as part of a wider NHS System and its links to other health improvement activities.
A Centre for the Whole Community
Our track record in LIFT development and construction projects has given us a particular understanding of how partnership working and procurement can lead to tangible benefits to our clients, the users of our services and our supply chain partners.
We work in partnership with PCT’s, local authorities, GP’s, pharmacies, shareholder groups and stakeholder groups. Through our Strategic Partnering Board we identify gaps in service delivery and provide a forum for all stakeholders to develop new initiatives, before producing a comprehensive Strategic Delivery Plan.