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.
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Our programme ambition is to work with the six local places (Bradford district and Craven. Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Wakefield and Leeds) within our partnership to support delivery of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health; NHS Long Term Plan and our Partnership Five Year Plan for people with mental health, learning disabilities and / or autism.
In January 2018, a decision was made to include specific work around learning disability care and support because it made sense to work on this collectively. Recently, the West Yorkshire Transforming Care Partnership has been developed and this will be a sub group of the programme. The focus of the programme so far has mainly been on secondary, acute and specialist service provision although a by-product of the provider collaboration and because of new opportunities to collaborate has resulted in other initiatives being developed and included in the programme.
A new support and advice service is being launched to help people across West Yorkshire and Harrogate through grief and loss.
The free service, commissioned by West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, will be delivered by West Yorkshire and Harrogate Independent Hospices Consortium, Bradford Bereavement Services Consortium and Leeds Mind. The practical and emotional support and advice service, which was lunched on launched on June 29th 2020, is available 7 days a week, from 8am to 8pm.
Find out more about the Grief and Loss Support Service.
Information about autism
Improving mental health services across West Yorkshire & Harrogate
Working together to improve people with learning disabilities' lives
Mental health, learning disability and autism programme news
Information about the way we work together and the mental health collaborative
Mental health, learning disability and autism strategy
Mental health, learning disability and autism strategy
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Our ambition is to make best use of collective resources, ensuring that our services provide the best value for money; releasing efficiencies through economies of scale which can be reinvested in Mental Health, Learning Disability and Autism/ADHD services as part of our commitment to the mental health investment standard.
We intend to:
Mental Health, Learning Disability and Autism Collaborative Board
The Board met on Tuesday. It includes colleagues from across mental health trusts / providers and is chaired by Dr Sara Munro, CEO for Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Children and young people’s mental health
Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust (LCH), in partnership with Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT), has submitted a planning application for a new mental health in-patient unit for young people in West Yorkshire. The brand new, purpose-built facility proposal is to build it on the St Mary’s Hospital site in Armley. It will provide 22 in-patient beds and deliver much needed improvements and facilities for young people in West Yorkshire. The funding for the building was announced as one of 12 successful bids to receive NHS England capital funds in November 2017. We will keep you updated when we know more.
New models of care
The West Yorkshire Children Adolescent Mental Health Services New Care Model (CAMHS NCM) went live on 1 April 2018. Overall the CAMHS NCM aims to reduce admissions for children and young people to inpatient mental health beds. We are doing this by ensuring that we have made use of all local offers before an admission is made. Where an admission is clinically necessary, we ensure that the young person comes back to community care as soon as it is clinically safe. This contributes to an overall reduction in occupied bed days (OBDs).
The success of the work is measured against the following performance targets:
Reduction in the use of out of area tier 4 beds
Reduction in average length of stay in hospitals
Reduction in admissions, readmissions and occupied bed days
Reduction in distance travelled for care
Positive self-reporting of the young person and family experience
Three areas were identified to drive the transformation of services for children and young people in West Yorkshire. These are:
24/7 crisis care across West Yorkshire, a flexible service that responds to children and young people’s needs
Community intensive services (home treatment or outreach) offer for those who need more intensive support
‘Safer spaces’ in the region – to avoid crisis situations.
Colleagues updated on the progress being made in these important areas of work
Adult mental health
NHS England specialised commissioning have invited bids from Partnerships like ours (also known as integrated care systems) by the 5 July to move to steady state commissioning for CAMHS tier 4, adult eating disorder and forensics. If successful this would result in four year contracts being awarded to the provider collaborative to lead on the delivery of these services for the Partnership. This builds on the new care model pilots we have been running for 12 months. We will be submitting bids in July. We expect formal decision on the contract award in the autumn.
Our Partnership has set a target of a 75% reduction in targeted areas and 10 % reduction in overall suicides by 2020. To help achieve this, the Partnership has invested £22,000 in a basic ‘train the trainers’ fire and rescue service pilot.
We have also recently received notification that the Partnership has been allocated £114,000 of funding to support suicide prevention trailblazer for the area and also £173k for postvention work, which will be used to roll out the Leeds model. You can view the suicide prevention annual report here.
CONNECT: The West Yorkshire and Harrogate adult eating disorders service, launched in April 2018. It has been set up as a two-year pilot project funded by NHS England as part of their ‘new models of care programme’.
CONNECT, which is part of Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, aims to provide equitable access to NHS care for adults with eating disorders across the West Yorkshire and Harrogate area – something that had not been in place until its launch. You can read more here.
We have also produced a case study for you to read here.