West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership has been shortlisted for a prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) award in the System Led Support for Carers category.
A Partnership formed from the NHS, councils, independent care providers, Healthwatch and hundreds of carer and community organisations; the Partnership is working together across Bradford District and Craven; Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield to further support 260,000 unpaid carers, including young people who care for parents and siblings.
Fatima Shah-Khan, Partnership lead for unpaid carers said: “We want West Yorkshire and Harrogate to be a place where carers are identified, valued and supported so that all carers no matter how old or where they live receive the same level of care and attention. We have a great opportunity to work together and raise the profile of the care delivered by unpaid carers. We’re delighted to have been short listed for this award especially as we are at the start of our work and there is still much to do”.
Rob Webster, CEO Lead for the Partnership said: “There are 260,000 carers across our area, many of whom struggle to cope with managing their caring responsibilities alongside work and /or other caring responsibilities. We have some great work going on in each of our local places. The value of the integrated care system is that we can share the good work, spread the learning and get improved services adopted everywhere. This will mean better support for all carers across our area, developed with carers and based on what works. It’s good news that our Partnership has been shortlisted for this award and more importantly carers are getting the recognition they rightly deserve”.
The value of the contribution delivered by carers across West Yorkshire and Harrogate is approx. £4.5 billion per year. For example this would mean the cost of care provided by one carer in Wakefield to the state would be approximately £19,000 per year. The Partnership’s programme of work includes identifying hidden carers – those who don’t see themselves as such - and improving support across the whole health care system whilst sharing the great work happening in local places.
Category winners will be announced on the 21 November 2018 in London.
You can find out more about the Partnership’s work to support carers at www.wyhpartnership.co.uk.