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.
Evidence-Based Interventions - 18.03.19
NHS England’s Evidence-Based Interventions (EBI) policy will be implemented across West Yorkshire and Harrogate. The policy aims to reduce unnecessary medical procedures and prevent avoidable harm to patients by making sure that treatments routinely available on the NHS are appropriate and clinically effective. The EBI policy will ensure that people who would benefit from one of these ‘traditional’ procedures are offered them but for most people, there is a safer and less invasive alternative. Read more here.
A new public lay member for our programme - 07.03.19
The Partnership is delighted to welcome new lay member Pam Essler to the Improving Planned Care Programme. Pam has recently joined the programme’s Clinical Thresholds Working Group to represent the patient’s perspective on planned care. Read more about Pam, the Clinical Thresholds Working Group and the Improving Planned care programme here.
Our response to the Low Priority Prescribing consultation - 20.02.19
In the programme update posted on 04.01.19, we told you about the NHS England and NHS Clinical Commissioners’ consultation on items which should not routinely be prescribed in primary care. This consultation focusses on eight items which have the potential to release £68m per year to spend on higher priority areas in the NHS.
The consultation closes on 28 February 2019 and you can read an overview, and access the consultation document, on the NHS England website here.
Along with other healthcare organisations, we have responded to the consultation to feed in the Partnership’s views. In summary, we agree that implementation of this policy will lead to a more equitable process for making decisions about guidance on medicines. We have also provided our views on some of the medications and products detailed within the consultation. You can read our response to the consultation in full here.
Low Priority Prescribing consultation - 04.01.19
Towards the end of 2018, NHS England and NHS Clinical Commissioners launched further consultation on prescribable items of low priority for NHS funding. This follows on from the commissioning guidance that was produced on items which should not routinely be prescribed in primary care, and conditions for which over the counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care.
The latest consultation contains recommendations on eight new items which have the potential to release £68m per year to spend on higher priority areas.
The items that are subject to the consultation fall into three categories:
Our vision for eye healthcare in West Yorkshire and Harrogate - 12.12.18
The demand for eye healthcare (ophthalmology) services in West Yorkshire and Harrogate increases year on year. This growing demand, particularly around age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, diabetic eye disease and glaucoma, leads to capacity issues within the system and results in longer waiting times for patients and frustrations for service providers. To help address this problem and plan for future demand, we need to make the best possible use of existing eye healthcare services and other resources related to eye care that are already out there. Read more here.
How we can transform musculoskeletal services in Calderdale - 12.12.18
The Improving Planned Care Programme, in conjunction with the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR), held and event in Halifax that focussed on musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions that affect joints and bones. The aim of the event was to explore how partnership working can help improve health outcomes for local people who live with MSK conditions, and how we can work together to reduce the numbers of people who are affected by these conditions through awareness and prevention. Read more here.
Procedures of Limited Clinical Value - (Evidence Based Interventions) - 04.12.18
The conclusion from NHS England's consultation on Evidence Based Interventions has now been published. Evidence Based Interventions link in with one of the Partnership’s key areas of work in its ‘Improving planned care’ programme which is to review the procedures currently being carried out in West Yorkshire and Harrogate that are of limited clinical value. Read more here.
Working together to reduce unnecessary sight loss - 06.11.18
Glaucoma is a common eye condition where the optic nerve is damaged, often by the pressure of fluid inside the eye. For around 10% of those in the UK who register as being blind, having glaucoma led to their sight loss. This doesn’t have to be the outcome. For people with the condition, early diagnosis and treatment can help stop their vision getting worse and sight loss can be avoided. Read more here.