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.
As the pandemic has progressed, it has become clear that in addition to some people experiencing the death of family and friends in difficult and painful circumstances, many are feeling the impact of a loss of a way of life, normal contact opportunities, social and work interactions. Restrictions may also mean that the usual practical and emotional support people can physically get from family, friends, faith groups, community groups during difficult times may not be there.
Our Grief and Loss Support Service is a free service, commissioned by West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, delivered by West Yorkshire and Harrogate Independent Hospices Consortium, Bradford Counselling Collaborative and Leeds Mind. The practical and emotional support and advice service is available 7 days a week, from 8am to 8pm.
Open to people in West Yorkshire and Harrogate, the service is the first point of contact for anyone suffering any form of grief and loss, or those worried about losing someone, whether this relates to a family member, friend or member of their community. It is also available to those feeling impacted by the deaths of public figures and/or the volume of deaths across the country. A loss may not have been directly caused by the virus, for example, someone may have been unable to visit a loved one during an illness or see them in their final days.
People can self-refer to the service or be signposted by other agencies such as the police, hospital bereavement services, funeral directors, GPs, community and faith organisations and others. People will be signposted to further support where required, with the service well-connected to local place-based specialist bereavement support services.
The partners working together to support the Grief and Loss Service are:
Bradford Counselling Collaborative - Bradford District and Craven CCG established the Bradford Counselling Collaborative so agencies and commissioners could work together to help increase the impact of counselling and psychotherapy for the health population. The group, made up of more than 10 counselling agencies across the Bradford District and Craven area, enables local agencies to work together with the CCG to develop a coherent offer of evidence based support across the population and yet maintain the responsiveness for local communities. For more information on the collaborative, contact Alex.Church@bradford.nhs.uk
Carole called our Grief and Loss Support Service and kindly took the time to give us some feedback.
‘I had my call with your service yesterday and all went well. The member of staff (she didn’t give her name) was kind, listened and gave me some helpful suggestions. It’s very good to know that I can get back in touch with the service at any time.
I think it’s made me realise that I need some specialised help. Writing to you both has helped to clear my head a bit. Seeing things written down in black and white like that has shown me that the counselling, the call yesterday etc. that I’ve had, though all very good and helpful, haven’t been enough for me.
Yes, I’ll always love my twin sister to pieces and will miss her every single day, but I can’t go on like this where it’s still affecting me so much for such a lot of the time and is still impacting on my whole life to such a degree 25 years on.
So I will be trying to find someone who specialises in helping someone with long-term grief like mine.
Thank you for your help, kindness and compassion. It’s meant the world to me and has really helped me such a lot.
The service is so much needed and I feel sure that it will help a great number of people in West Yorkshire. We are very fortunate to have you all’.