The health and care system across West Yorkshire and Harrogate will benefit from additional funding to help the 2.7million people living in Bradford District and Craven; Calderdale, Harrogate, Leeds, Kirklees and Wakefield.
West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership has been allocated £8.75m transformation funding by NHS England / NHS Improvement to boost the work of its priority areas, including urgent care, mental health and work with community partners.
Funding priorities were agreed by the WY&H HCP Partnership Board at their September meeting in public. The Board is an important group for WY&H HCP, it brings elected members, non-executives and public lay members into the decision making process
The funding will go towards:
- The development of urgent and emergency care work (£3.8m), including boosting the work around community pharmacists taking direct referrals from NHS 111 so more people with minor health needs can receive a face to face consultation. It will also be used to increase the multi-disciplinary workforce of the GP Out of Hours service to improve patient access to unplanned care.
- Implementing new service models in mental health, learning disabilities and autism (£1.4m). This will include recruiting new roles to support the rehabilitation of more people with complex needs and those with a learning disability. It will also be used to develop new ways of working around psychiatric intensive care, secure services and addressing barriers to crisis support for people with autism. £1.4m of funding will be used to prevent ill health and tackle health inequalities that exist across WY&H. These differences have a huge impact, because they can result in people who are worst off experiencing poorer health and shorter lives.
- An investment in the Harnessing the Power of Communities programme (£0.9m), working with voluntary and community organisations to improve person-centred wellbeing at a local level.
- Investment in the new children, young people and families programme (£0.4m) to develop, share and spread good practice across WY&H.
- £0.8m was approved to support the funding of specific projects such as the creation of a single pathology network for WY&H.
Working with communities, joining up hospital care, improving access to appropriate care, children and young people support; and those people with mental health, learning disabilities autism are key priorities. They are instrumental in the development of the Partnership’s Five Year Plan ambitions.
The Partnership was also allocated over £8.5m transformation funding by NHS England / NHS Improvement in 2018. This money has already seen major benefits. For example the Partnership allocated £1millon to community and voluntary partners across WY&H to help tackle loneliness or social exclusion, which has a major impact on people’s health and wellbeing.
Community organisations make a tremendous difference in their areas. Work in Bradford focused on befriending support to prevent ill health. In Calderdale, the money was used to support ‘Staying Well’ which takes referrals and supports/signposts people into local support organisations and groups. The funding was used to reach local communities and groups which either do not engage or have barriers to access. In Harrogate the focus was on making the best use of existing community health assets, for example community health asset mapping and a district strategy and action plan to tackle loneliness and isolation. Kirklees have brought together partners Better in Kirklees, Barnardo’s Young Carers Service, LAB Project and Support to Recovery to deliver an ‘arts on prescription’ approach to men over 40 experiencing depression and worklessness. In Leeds, Health Impact Grants helped nine different community groups to develop and deliver their own innovative solutions – including the ‘Friend on a phone’ group for older people; the ‘Happiness Café’ for foodbank users, ‘Home Cooking’ skills for people with long term mental health problems, or the ‘Zine’ by men for men on health and mental health.
Cllr Tim Swift, Leader of Calderdale Council and Chair of WY&H HCP Partnership Board said:’ I’m delighted that more money has come into the Partnership and that the Board is able to consider where the money should be wisely spent. We all know the pressures our health care services and community partners are facing. By working together we have the capacity to make our own choices and to put much needed funds into some priority issues for WY&H’.
Rob Webster CEO Lead for WY&H HCP said: ‘This investment in our Partnership is being targeted on the areas that people tell us are important and where we can make a difference. The allocation of the funding reflects a true partnership between councils, the NHS, communities and the voluntary sector’.