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.
Engagement gives people an opportunity to have their say on services. By gathering people's views, it helps us understand what matters to people.
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.
Primary care is often described as the ‘front door’ to the NHS, providing people with local access to health services for advice, prescriptions, treatment or referral. In West Yorkshire and Harrogate, we aim to transform primary and community care by enabling the integration of services based on the needs of the local population and whereever possible move towards self-managed care.
As the number of cases of Covid-19 rise rapidly, and the third national lockdown continues, shielding advice has once again been issued to people who are clinically extremely vulnerable. The Partnership along with the Local Resilience Forum, West Yorkshire Prepared, will host ‘The Shielding Experts’ webinar on Wednesday 3 February (10.00am to 11.30am), providing a valuable opportunity to listen to people about their experiences of shielding in 2020.
Attendees will hear insight from research and surveys, and the personal experiences of those who shielded, including staff, to inform our health and care practice this winter and beyond. The aim is to support people who work across West Yorkshire and Harrogate to put the right conditions in place to enable those with the highest clinical risk stay happy, healthy and safe.
This session is suitable for people who work across the health and care sector or anyone involved in the shielding response in local places, including volunteers, third sector and local authority staff. You can register your place on Eventbrite where you’ll find further details about the webinar.
Information about the Primary and Community Care programme
Links to useful websites and other resources
West Yorkshire and Harrogate Primary Care Strategy
Improving care through learning from each other
Working together through our Programme Board
Latest updates about Primary and Community Care
The current landscape of primary care within West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership is built up with GP practices, dental, eye care and pharmacy services. Primary care is also a host to community, mental health and social care services.
Advance care planning is a discussion in which a person may choose to express their views, preferences and wishes about their future care. It is NOT usually a one-off process. It is an ongoing conversation, likely to involve those people (family and unpaid carers, clinical and non-clinical staff) who provide support and care. An advance care plan should usually evolve slowly, over a period of time. Wherever possible, it should involve someone who already knows the person. There should be no pressure for the individual or their family to make rapid decisions.
An advance care plan may include a person’s:
You can now watch a new film showing people from diverse backgrounds who work and live in West Yorkshire and Harrogate sharing their positive thoughts and experiences of making an Advance Care Plan and find out more about Advance Care Planning on our dedicated page.
As the Coronavirus pandemic has progressed, it has become clear that in addition to some people experiencing the death of people they care about, or care for, 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.
The WY&H HCP Grief and Loss Service aims to bolster the local place offer by offering information and advice and, where appropriate, signposting into local place based services for specific counselling or other support.
The service is a free telephone helpline that operates 8am-8pm, 7 days a week and online chat facility.
More information about how to access the service.