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Our Partnership has been allocated funding for four areas of work.

We received notification on the 28 March 2018 that we will receive around £25million funding for the capital bids we put forward in September 2017. The funding is part of the £2.6bn of capital funding, announced at Autumn Budget and is being allocated to a number of health and care partnerships across England to accelerate service modernisation.

The four areas are:

National pathology exchange [£2million] - To deliver a lab-to-lab messaging solution that connects Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) together across the area to facilitate the electronic transfer of pathology test requests and results. The solution is based on NHS Digital standards and connects to a large number of LIMS regardless of supplier and vendors. This will be led by the Health Informatics Service which is a shared service hosted by Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.

Telemedicine in care homes [£1.5million] - Commissioning of the Airedale NHS Foundation Trust (ANHSFT) care home telemedicine service across a number of our care homes in the WY&H area. The funding will enhance the current and future Digital Care Hub infrastructure. The significant benefits generated from this proposal would be across the WY&H area through reduced activity pressures being generated from nursing homes – most importantly improving people’s care. This will be led by Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.

Scan for Safety [GS1 - £15million] - GS1 is a global not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the design and implementation of standards that improve organisational efficiency. Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is currently a demonstrator site nominated and funded by the Dept. of Health, and the other Acute Trusts can benefit from their experience of GS1 roll out. The work will increase data accuracy and reliability enabling improved analytics and decision making; patient safety and experience improvements through “right patient, right product, right treatment”; and increased automated data transfer between systems and organisations reducing potential errors and time delays. This work will support the roll-out in the other five NHS acute providers in West Yorkshire and Harrogate.

Yorkshire Imaging Collaborative [£6.1million] - The funding will be used for the collaborative procurement of imaging solutions to transform radiology services to meet some of the capacity and demand issues. Yorkshire Imaging Collaborative will improve quality and create efficiencies across the above key areas of the radiology service, and will then provide the opportunity for further regional clinical service transformation. This work is being led by the Yorkshire Imaging Collaborative which comprises the six NHS acute providers in West Yorkshire and Harrogate plus a further two NHS acute providers from outside our health and care partnership.

Rob Webster, West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership CEO Lead said: “Notification of the funding is really positive and reflects our collective priorities for this wave of funding for people living across WY&H. Considerable effort and commitment from many partners has helped us to get to this point. The funding will help improve services and cement our partnership. We continue to work on the next ambitious round of capital funding bids to support the Partnership”.