Primary care includes a wide range of services including your local GP, pharmacies and mental health and social care services.
We would like to see more care delivered in local community and primary care settings for example, a GP practice, rather than people needing trips to hospital. We think many of the tests and treatments for minor injuries and minor surgery that are usually provided in hospital could be provided closer to home.
We would also like to:
- Consider what other services could be provided under one roof, including physiotherapy and citizens advice services, bring everything together into 'community hubs'
- See more GPs in training, work together more closely with community and mental health services. By working in teams, health and social care professionals can provide advice and treatment for you together, instead of you needing lots of appointments in different departments
- See more GPs delivering 'social prescribing'. This is connecting up GPs with community based solutions to help people to manage their health conditions as effectively as possible. To find out more about what social prescribing is, and the work that the Patient Empowerment Project has been doing in Leeds, watch the video below:
- Work with our GP practices to make sure that you can easily book an appointment, view your medical records, and request a repeat prescription online. Advice and support should be as convenient as possible for you, including making the best possible use of smart phones and digital technology.
To find out more about how we want to use digital technology to engage more people in health and social care services, watch the video below:
Please also find out more about how we want to support carers in the community.
Read this report to find out more about work commissioned by West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership about primary and community care. The report talks about the benefits of the ‘left shift’. The left shift is about moving clinical care, as appropriate, for patients from hospitals into the community; with the intent that this will lead to better health and wellbeing, better quality of care as well as making sure services meet people’s needs now and in the future.
Healthy Hearts programme
The Yorkshire and Harrogate Health Care Partnership is aiming to reduce the impact of heart disease across its region by proactively identifying people at risk of developing heart related illnesses and making sure they have the best medication.
Its ambition is to reduce the number of people affected by heart disease by 10 per cent by 2021. This would mean 1,100 fewer heart incidents by 2021.
A West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health Hearts project group has now been set up to drive these plans forward and this group is sponsored by the Yorkshire and Harrogate Health Care Partnership with delivery support being provided by the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network.
The first phase of the project will focus on citizens at risk of heart disease as a result of high blood pressure (hypertension) and will be based on the successful work already carried out in Bradford through its Healthy Hearts programme.
This award winning programme has helped to reduce hospital admissions by 10 per cent, prevented 74 strokes and 137 heart attacks.