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.
Our programme was originally called the Elective Care and Standardisation of Commissioning Policies Programme so that is its 'official' name but we usually refer to it as the Improving Planned Care Programme which is much simpler.
The programme board’s terms of reference document sets out the purpose and aims of the programme. It also details the board’s membership and its role and responsibilities. The board also maintains and publishes its register of interests. This supports the programme's commitment to openness and transparency, as does the publication of our board minutes below.
The board met on Tuesday 21 January 2020 in Halifax, chaired by James Thomas, clinical lead for the programme.
Board members include commissioners, GPs, colleagues from NHS England, lay members and representatives from partner organisations, public health and local hospital trusts.
Members discussed the programme’s Patient Insight Project that has been developed in collaboration with NHS England and The King’s Fund. The project team has commissioned a local research agency to undertake the collection and analysis of data and information from patients who’ll be participating in a number of research activities. It will focus on the provision of appointments with First Contact Physiotherapy Practitioners in GP practices across Leeds and Harrogate.
The board also considered a presentation on work around eye care services, including updates on vitreo-retinal surgery; the proposed policy and pathway for age-related macular degeneration; and implementation of the cataracts pathway and policy.
Here are the full minutes from the Improving Planned Care Programme Board's meeting on Tuesday 21 January 2020.
The board met on Tuesday 19 November in Halifax, chaired by Dr Matt Walsh, CEO Lead for the programme and it’s Clinical Lead, Dr James Thomas. Board members include commissioners, GPs, planned care leads, lay members and representatives from partner organisations, public health and local hospital trusts. Members discussed the programme’s hip and cataract policies and agreed these policies could progress through to clinical forum and joint committee.
The board also looked back at some of the main achievements over the last 12 months, including the first of our West Yorkshire and Harrogate policies to be agreed for implementation across all nine CCGs. These policies, for spinal services and liothyronine (for underactive thyroid gland), were approved for adoption by Joint Committee back in March 2019. Since then, more single commissioning policies and standardised clinical pathways for planned care have been adopted across the region, with others in progress.
Here are the full minutes from the Improving Planned Care Programme Board's meeting on Tuesday 19 November 2019.