100 days since full lockdown was announced across the United Kingdom, leaders in the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, which covers Bradford district and Craven, Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield, are thanking over 100 000 people who work as part of England’s fourth largest integrated care system.
Since lockdown began on 23 March, local authorities, NHS, Healthwatch, social enterprises, community organisations and charities have come together as never before with a single purpose in keeping the 2.7million people of West Yorkshire and Harrogate safe, well and restored to health wherever possible.
From care workers moving into their care settings to avoid transmitting the virus from the outside world, leaving their families for weeks at a time, to social workers, refuse collectors and voluntary and community sector workers who have taken time to check on people who are shielding in their communities – right through to teachers, the police, Yorkshire Ambulance and the fire service, to building maintenance workers and cleaners, IT, communication colleagues and finance staff – the list is endless. There are almost uncountable acts of kindness and professionalism taking place every day in the places where we live and work. Many of which goes unseen and unheard.
Ordinary people, extarordinary efforts
These are just some of the many who have been working together to improve the health and care of people across West Yorkshire and Harrogate in the first 100 days of COVID-19.