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Sourcing Support from LIFT Companies

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 (LIFTCos) without further procurement. These services include estate management, estate planning, service planning and property development. The LIFTCos 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.

gbpartnerships deliver property management services to 13 LIFT Companies and manage a property portfolio worth over £850m. If you are not already connected to your LIFT Company, please get in touch with CHP on email: or with the gbpartnerships team via: 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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