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Another step forward for the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership

Harrogate and Rural District CCG is a proud member of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership which has been named as one of four new areas in England that will be given additional freedom and flexibility to manage the delivery of local services.  The Partnership will join the Integrated Care System (ICS) programme in shadow form, putting the area at the forefront of nationwide action to provide better co-ordinated and more joined up care for 2.6 million people.

The Partnership breaks down the barriers between GPs and hospitals, physical and mental health, social care and the NHS.

This national recognition for the Partnership works is good news. It will bring control and influence over spending and transformation closer to local people and local places.

Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group are one of over twenty partners which make up the Partnership.  You can find out which organisations are involved here.

An integrated care system (ICS) is a partnership that is given flexibility and freedoms from government in return for taking responsibility for the delivery of high quality local services now and in the future.

Working alongside community organisations and communities, the Partnership brings together health and social care organisations, including the voluntary sector and other care providers across the area to give people the best start in life with support to stay healthy and live longer. An important part of the work is tackling health inequalities whilst improving the lives of the poorest, the fastest.

The importance of joining up services for people at a local level, for example in Bradford District and Craven; Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield is at the heart of our local and WY&H plans. All decisions on services are made as locally and as close to people as possible. The move to becoming an ICS is predicated on this continuing to be the case.

The Partnership only works at a WY&H level – when it makes sense to do so and with the agreement of local partners. There are nine WY&H priorities including cancer, stroke, mental health, maternity, urgent and emergency care. You can find out more here.

The ultimate aim being to put people, not organisations, at the heart of everything we do locally and across WY&H so that we meet the diverse needs of our communities.

You can find out more in the “Our Next Steps to Better Health and Care for Everyone’ here  or by watching this animation. This describes the progress made since the publication of the initial WY&H plan in November 2016, and sets out how the partnership will improve health and care for the 2.6 million people living across the area in 2018 and beyond.

Further reading

You may find the following information helpful:

  • Making sense of integrated care systems, integrated care partnerships and accountable care organisations in the NHS in England – The Kings Fund, February 2018. You can read it here.

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