Our Partnership is made up of organisations working closely together to plan services and address the challenges facing health and care services across the area.
In this section you will find links to useful information and publications about our partnership.
We are committed to meaningful conversations with people, on the right issues at the right time. We believe this is an important part of the way we work.
In this section you will find all Freedom of Information (FOI) requests made to our Partnership. You can also ask a question of your own.
It is really important for us to hear people’s comments, ideas and suggestions about ways in which we can make services better.
Engagement is also about developing relationships and partnerships, we want to make sure that the voice of local people and partners are heard.
We are also committed to ensuring that our delivery of engagement and consultation meets the needs of people living in West Yorkshire and Harrogate.
No decision will be made about changes to health care services that you receive without us asking you about it first. It's important that you have your say to shape and improve local services.
This engagement and consultation mapping report presents the findings from all relevant engagement and consultation activity which has taken place during January 2014 to February 2018, across Calderdale, Bradford, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield. The purpose of this report is to refresh the previous engagement and consultation mapping exercise that took place in March 2017 which can be viewed below. The updated report includes any additional engagement and consultation that has taken place since the production of the previous report.
Further detailed engagement and consultation mapping has been carried out on relevant engagement and consultation activity that has taken place across West Yorkshire and Harrogate.
Click on the links below to read the reports.
Communication needs for people with a sensory impairment
Standardisation of policies
Review of engagement and consultation activity on elective care and standardisation
Engagement and consultation mapping March 2017
Mapping of organisations for young people across West Yorkshire and Harrogate
Audit of urgent and emergency care communication messages
Over the coming months we will be looking at the way in which care is provided across the three Assessment and Treatment Units (ATUs) and how as a region we make the best collective use of our services. There are currently 22 specialist hospital beds in West Yorkshire we need to look at reducing this number of beds, so that we can support people with learning disabilities and acute complex needs/challenging behaviour in their local community.
Engagement activity will be delivered over a 4 week period commencing 18 February 2019. The engagement is an essential part of our process and is part of a planned approach to seek the views of service users, carers, families, staff and key stakeholders who have experiences of ATUs across West Yorkshire to further to inform the next stage of our work. This next stage will be about how to reconfigure ATU provision in the region to ensure maximum benefit for both service users and the system.
Engagement report of findings to follow.
Engagement colleagues are working with Healthwatch partners to have conversations with people to ask their views on the development of the Partnership’s five year plan in response to the NHS Long Term Plan.
The Partnership’s plan will set out our ambitions for the next five years and also identify any work needed to align to the NHS Long Term Plan. It will build on our work to date and will be a refresh of our ‘Next Steps to Better Health and Care for Everyone’.
Healthwatch have been commissioned by NHS England to coordinate and support some initial engagement work. They will be coordinating two surveys and local focus groups / events across our area.
You can access the ‘What would you do’ generic survey here. There is also a survey on long term health conditions which you can access here. The closing date for both surveys is 3 May 2019.
The focus groups / events will take place in our six local areas (Bradford District and Craven; Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield). Themes for discussion include ‘personalisation’ and ‘digitalisation’ and what this means to people.
Healthwatch will submit a report to NHS England at the end of June, with findings from the survey and focus groups/events. A copy of the report will be made available on local Healthwatch, and the Partnership’s websites once complete.
This important work will help us to identify future areas of engagement at a local and West Yorkshire and Harrogate level and will complement the work already taking place, as set out in our engagement and consultation mapping work. You can read last year’s publication here and an updated version will be available soon. We will continue to keep you updated as the work develops.
You can read more about the NHS Long Term Plan here.
With the recent Government announcement of additional funding for the NHS, West Yorkhsire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, alongside other partnerships, were invited to comment on the first of a series of conversations around the develeopment of the Long Term Plan.
We collated many responses from across our area. You can view our response here.
On Tuesday 10 July a small working group of representatives from local public, patient groups met to co-produce a mechanisam for providing assurance that here is authentic patient and public involvement in our Parnership work. Over 15 people attended from various organisational roles, including Trust governors, clinical commissioning groups and chairs from MESMAC and Trans Mission. Attendees discussed the findings form the first meeting in April when over 40 people attended.
They disccussed the role they and others could play in ensuring the wider Partnership work keeps the public at the every hear of decision-making. Being open and transparent is very important as is assuring meaningful public engagement. The group also discussed the next steps, which includes a core assurance group to ensure continuity. Keeping the views of young people is essential and Jill Dufton (Partnership Engagement Manager) updated the goup on the work we are doing with youth forums.
Everyone agreed that this was the start of an exciting opportunity to shape effective public, patient involvement assurance for the Partnership. A priority would be to estsablish clear principles of working and assurance standards, learning from existing good practice in our six local places (Bradford District and Craven, Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield).
You can read the report from the workshop here.
West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership held a half day un paid carers and primary care engagement event on Tuesday 25 September at Clayton Hotel Leeds in Leeds. You can read the report of findings here along with our ‘you said, we did’ feedback report from the themes identified in the findings report.
Over fifty people attended a stakeholder event in Leeds on Wednesday 30 May organised by the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership.
The aim of the event was to ask people who have had a stroke, their carers and community organisations, including charities such as the Stroke Association, Age UK and The British Heart Foundation for their views on how specialist stroke care (the care people receive in the first few hours and days after having a stroke) could be further improved to ensure services are fit for the future.
The event hosted by the Partnership’s stroke programme members, which includes doctors, ambulance services and public health colleagues, gave people an update on the work to date including findings from a stakeholder event in February and workshops held in March across the area in Bradford, Brighouse, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield. You can read more about the event here.
You can view the presentations here. The view report of findings from the event here.
A public involvement chairs panel event will take place on the 17 April 2018. Approximately 50 people have signed up and speakers include Jeremy Taylor from National Voices. The aim is to invite people to get more involved and take part in a potential citizen's panel.
You can view the presentations here.
17th April 2018 event - Report & Findings
Report of findings from public workshops on stroke – March 2018.
Stroke care event – 2 February 2018. Report findings and presentation
West Yorkshire and Harrogate (WY&H) Health and Care Partnership held an unpaid carers event on Thursday 14 December 2017 at St. Swithuns Centre in Wakefield.
The event was the first of its kind across WY&H which was to start conversations with unpaid carers and representatives from carers organisations. The aim of the event was to build on the work to date and heighten the profile of carers in a more holistic way and recognise and celebrate what is happening already across WY&H and identify good practice.
Guest speakers on the day included Rob Webster West Yorkshire and Harrogate, Health and Care Partnership, CEO Lead, Emily Holzhausen OBE from Carers UK and Fatima Khan-Shah, Partnership Lead for Carers and Neil Churchill from NHS England.
This film made with & by Young Carer Health Champions illustrates the impact of being identified & offered support. Link
You can view the presentations here and read the report of findings here.
We are delighted to be able to announce that we held our first voluntary and community and West Yorkshire and Harrogate, Health and Care Partnership on Monday 6 November at the Carlisle Business Centre in Bradford.
The aim of the event was to provide an update on the work of the partnership and progress to date, and focused on and how voluntary and community organisations can become more involved moving forward, which is a priority to us all.
You can view the presentation here and read the findings report here.
A follow up event took place on Friday 1 December. You can read the report here.
Across West Yorkshire and Harrogate, healthcare professionals, including doctors and consultants, are working together to look at how we can further improve care for people who are at risk of stroke, or those who have had a stroke.
Before decisions are made on the future of stroke services in West Yorkshire and Harrogate, we wanted to find out what you think about the services that are currently provided and what would be important to you should you have a stroke, or care for someone who has. We have worked with Healthwatch, an organisation which is independent of the NHS, to ask people for their views.
You can view this presentation to find out more about our proposals to improve stroke services.
Please read the communication, engagement and equality plan and also the initial scoping Equality Impact Assessment.
You can read our engagement report to see what we found out.
You can also watch this short film to find out more about the results of the engagement activity.
Please also view our report to the West Yorkshire Joint Health and Scrutiny Committee 23 January 2017.
Between 3 October 2013 and 14 February 2017 a consultation exercise took place on a proposal to change the way hyper acute stroke services are provided in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw. You can read more about this project and what was learnt.
Healthwatch carried out an independent piece of engagement work across West Yorkshire and Harrogate on follow-up appointments. You can read the report here.
We have worked in partnership with the six local Healthwatch across West Yorkshire and Harrogate to help us keep people's views at the heart of our priority areas of work, including urgent care, stroke and health optimisation. For our urgent and emergency care engagement, Healthwatch has helped us to reach out into a range of communities.
For example in July 2015 it was announced that there would be 8 new 'vanguards' for urgent and emergency care. This included the West Yorkshire Urgent and Emergency Care Network that would oversee, with local partners, the improvement of urgent and emergency care for more than 3 million people across West Yorkshire. As part of this work we wanted to seek people's views about the 'Hear, See and Treat' model of emergency care, which is all about improving the way people access emergency services. You can watch this video to find out more about the 'Hear, See and Treat' model.
In Summer 2016 the six Healthwatch supported public and patient engagement for 'Hear, See and Treat' in partnership with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service. Overall, 147 face-to-face sessions were held across Harrogate and West Yorkshire. In addition to the outreach sessions, Healthwatch used Facebook, Instagram and third party website advertising to promote the video. Over 306,600 people saw the adverts and 137,437 people viewed the video.
To find out more about the engagement process for 'Hear, See and Treat' visit Healthwatch Kirklees's website. You can also view further work carried out by Healthwatch in Autumn 2016 here.