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.
Planned care is also known as ‘elective’ care. It is treatment that people decide to have to help manage a health problem, rather than emergency treatment for an urgent medical condition, or following a serious accident for example. People are usually referred for planned care by their GP or another healthcare professional.
Planned care covers many different medical procedures including joint replacements and cataract surgery. It also includes diagnostics which are tests that are carried out to detect diseases such as cancer and other serious medical conditions. Most planned care procedures are done as day cases, where patients leave hospital on the day of the procedure. Sometimes patients have to stay in hospital overnight or a bit longer if necessary.
Improving planned care is one of the Partnership’s priorities and this is why we have an Improving Planned Care Programme that focusses just on this work.
You can read more about the work of the programme here.
The aim of this programme is to deliver the most appropriate and effective planned care services for the people of West Yorkshire and Harrogate, and achieve the best value in how we use our resources to deliver those services.
There’s more information about the programme here.
Jo Webster, Chief Officer of Wakefield CCG and Steve Russell, Chief Executive at Harrogate and District Trust, are the Improving Planned Care Programme’s new Senior Responsible Officers.
The programme is working with the West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts (WYAAT) Elective Surgery Programme to transform planned care services across West Yorkshire and Harrogate by bringing together and aligning existing and future work, avoiding duplication, working collaboratively and making the best use of the resources, facilities and capacity we have across the system.
A new Planned Care Alliance Board has been formed to bring together the two programmes. Along with Jo and Steve, the board has around 40 other members who represent primary care, secondary care, commissioning, public health, patient groups and other stakeholders.
Covid-19 has had a major impact on planned care services across West Yorkshire and Harrogate.
During the first peak of the pandemic, health services had to take the difficult decision to temporarily stop carrying out most planned care procedures. This was done to keep both patients and staff safe whilst services focussed on treating patients who had contracted the virus.
Things are far from being how they were before Covid-19 but planned care services that were temporarily stopped have restarted gradually and in the safest possible way for patients and staff.
This section ‘planned care services in changing times’ gives an update on the current situation with planned care in West Yorkshire and Harrogate.
It also looks at how patients are being prioritised, what patients need to know before they go into hospital for a planned care procedure and how patients are being supported whilst they wait for a planned care procedure.
The First Contact Physiotherapy Practitioner Programme places physiotherapists in GP practices as a first point of contact for people with MSK conditions. Having direct access to an experienced physiotherapist means there are no unnecessary delays for MSK patients in receiving the care they need.
The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Joint Committee of Clinical Commissioning Groups met in public on Tuesday 14 January 2020 where it agreed the adoption of single commissioning policies for hip replacement surgery and arthroscopic hip surgery, to be implemented across the region within the next 12 months. The policies align with the wider musculoskeletal (MSK) pathway that was introduced back in May 2019.
The Committee also agreed a single clinical pathway and policy for cataract surgery, with a timescale of up to three years for implementation. Under the new pathway, better use will be made of the many community optometrists we have in West Yorkshire and Harrogate and this will have a number of benefits for eye care services and the people who use them.
The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Joint Committee of Clinical Commissioning Groups met in public on 5 November 2019 where it agreed the adoption of single commissioning policies for knee surgery. These standardised policies cover knee replacement surgery (arthroplasty) and keyhole surgery on the knee (arthroscopy) and will be implemented across West Yorkshire and Harrogate within the next 12 months.
The policies can be found in Our West Yorkshire and Harrogate commissioning policies section, on the orthopaedic and musculoskeletal (MSK) page. You'll also find 'mapping and gapping' documents that show how the single policies compare to the existing policies of our local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).
The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Joint Committee of Clinical Commissioning Groups met in public on 5 November 2019 where it agreed the adoption of a single clinical pathway and commissioning policy for hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine retinopathy monitoring.
These drugs are used to treat various conditions, particularly autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, but they can cause side effects. Some people who take them for more than five years, or in high doses, are at increased risk of damage to their retina, a condition known as hydroxychloroquine retinopathy.
The introduction of this pathway and policy will ensure that local patients who are prescribed hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine are effectively monitored, preventing avoidable sight loss and avoiding unnecessary interventions.
View all our previous programme updates here.