Health and care service providers and commissioners have come together to form the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership. The Partnership has developed this Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for the region.

Watch this short film about the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership.

Follow the links below for more information about the Partnership and how you can get involved:

The difference our Partnership is making

Our Partnership is working hard to further improve the health and care provided to everyone living across West Yorkshire and Harrogate. You can see examples of the positive difference that is being made here.

Maternity

In support of NHS England’s National Maternity Review, we have created the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Local Maternity System Board. The Board’s vision for maternity services is to improve safety for mum and baby, for services to be tailored for individual people, to improve choice and for care to be family friendly.

In this filmCarol McKenna, Chief Officer for Greater Huddersfield and North Kirklees CCGs and Co-lead for the West Yorkshire and Harrogate maternity programme, talks about maternity care in the region.

Our Local Digital Roadmap will grow organically alongside the STP and is integral to the plans detailed within it.

Our Next Steps for Better Health and Care for Everyone

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership has published ‘Our Next Steps to Better Health and Care for Everyone’. This document describes the progress made since the publication of the initial West Yorkshire and Harrogate 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. The document is available (in several formats) on the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership website here.

Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs)

This video explains how the NHS and local councils have come together in 44 areas covering all of England to develop proposals and make improvements to health and care. These proposals, called sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs), are place-based and built around the needs of the local population.

Health and Care Partnership Joint Committee of the 11 CCGs

The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Joint Committee was established in June 2017. The committee has joint delegated powers from individual CCGs to make collective decisions around specific work programmes such as mental health, urgent care and stroke.

The committee will work closely with partners including councils, hospitals and community and mental health trusts so that there is a clearer understanding of, and shared solutions to, health priorities to make sure that people get better access to consistently high quality care.

You can find out more about the Joint Committee by reading this press release issued in June 2017.

Here is more information about attending Joint Committee meetings and the work so far.

Building on existing local plans

Here in Greater Huddersfield, local plans for making general practice more sustainable have been outlined in the Greater Huddersfield Primary Care Strategy which can be viewed here.

Our local plans for developing care outside of hospital, acute services reconfiguration and working more closely with council and community partners are outlined in the CCG’s 2016/17 Operational Plan available here.

A five year strategic plan for Kirklees will be published in the near future. You can read our existing plan here.

The STP is an opportunity to build on these local plans over a wider geographical area and to look at what programmes could be improved if we teamed up with neighbouring CCGs, local authorities and NHS providers to deliver them together.

It will also provide an opportunity for joint working with public health teams across the region. For example, on smoking cessation and raising public awareness of NHS Health Checks and cancer screening programmes.