Birmingham Dental Hospital in the spotlight at The King’s Fund event

30th January 2018

Birmingham and Solihull (BaS) LIFT director Ewan Forsyth will be speaking alongside Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust at a King’s Fund event next month, to discuss the successful partnership model which delivered the Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry.

The King’s Fund event being held in central London on Tuesday 6 February is focused on ‘Partnership Models in the NHS’ and will feature a programme of speakers and case studies to share different partnership solutions, best practice and guidance on how to choose a partner organisation.

Ewan will be presenting the Birmingham Dental Hospital case study alongside Joanne Thurston, Chief Operating Officer for Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, in the first breakout session of the day.

Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry was created through innovative partnership working, using BaS LIFT to realise the vision of the NHS and the University of Birmingham. The first integrated, standalone dental hospital and dental school to be built in the UK for almost 40 years, the £50m building is the largest scheme to be delivered using LIFT.

LIFT is mostly used for primary care projects, but as the Dental Hospital shows, it can also be used to great success on complex mixed use schemes.

In their King’s Fund presentation, Ewan and Joanne will be discussing how LIFT as a public private partnership is a successful model for primary and community health and education integration, how the partnership for the Dental Hospital worked in practice, the benefits and the outcomes.

After the presentation, delegates will have the chance to ask questions before breaking into smaller groups for facilitated discussions and table work, looking at the lessons and learnings from the Birmingham Dental Hospital project which could be applied to their own estate or clinical challenges.

Ewan said: “We were honoured to be invited to speak at the King’s Fund event and to be able to share our partnership experiences with other members of the healthcare profession. The Birmingham Dental Hospital is a project that everyone involved is exceptionally proud of, in terms of the way the partnership worked, the world-class building we produced together and the improved outcomes for patients, students and staff.

“We look forward to sharing our journey with the King’s Fund delegates and showing them how the LIFT model can work for them, even on ambitious, complex or large-scale projects.”

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