Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust actively engages in work at a national, regional and local level. We collaborate with other organisations across a range of systems, networks and partnerships to deliver better care.
Many of our services are provided in partnership with local third sector organisations, GPs and primary care, and other statutory organisations such as NHS healthcare providers, local authorities and the police.
We have developed effective partnerships to improve how people access crisis services. This includes a Crisis Assessment Unit, liaison work with the police, and work alongside the third sector to improve crisis support. We also have a partnership with Forward Leeds to deliver better outcomes for people needing support with alcohol and drug issues.
The Trust’s work mainly sits within the West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership Integrated Care System (ICS – see below).
West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership
Integrated care is about giving people the support they need, joined up across local councils, the NHS, and other partners including care providers, the voluntary, community, social enterprise sector and charities.
It involves partnerships of organisations coming together to plan and deliver seamless health and care services to improve the lives of people in their area.
Integrated care systems are geographically based partnerships bringing together organisations that meet health and care needs, improve people’s health, and reduce inequalities. There are forty-two in England – which includes West Yorkshire Integrated Care System.
They have four key purposes:
• Improving outcomes in people’s health and healthcare
• Tackling inequalities in outcomes, experience, and access
• Enhancing productivity and value for money
• Supporting broader social and economic development.
In West Yorkshire our integrated care system is known as the West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership. It has a Partnership Board. Our statutory organisation is the NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board, which also has a board.
As one of the country’s leading ICSs we are enhancing our work due to legislative changes. From 1 July 2022, we will have formalised on a statutory basis our successful health and care partnership of six years based on working together. We are very proud to have won the Health Service Journal Award for Integrated Care System of the Year 2021.
Together across West Yorkshire we support 2.4 million people, living in urban and rural areas across West Yorkshire. 770,000 are children and young people. 530,000 people live in areas ranked in the most deprived 10% of England. 20% of people are from minority ethnic communities. There are an estimated 400,000 unpaid carers, as many don’t access support. Together we employ over 100,000 staff and work alongside thousands of volunteers.
In addition to the regional partnership, there are similar partnerships in each of our five West Yorkshire local places. Health and Wellbeing Boards in each of our places have a health and wellbeing strategy for their place. In Leeds we have the Leeds Health and Care Partnership.
The Health and Wellbeing Boards in each of place agree a health and wellbeing strategy for their place. These local place-based strategies are based on the things that are most important to local people. Each place will have an integrated care committee that will agree an annual plan to deliver the health and wellbeing strategy in that place. These committees will be made up of local health and care leaders, and they will also include independent people who do not work for health and care organisations.
West Yorkshire Mental health, learning disability and autism collaborative
This work is part of the West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership’s commitment to improving the lives and addressing inequalities of our population by working in collaboration across the system. At the core of this work is our aim to achieve a 10% reduction in the gap in life expectancy between people with mental ill-health, learning disabilities and autism, and the general population by 2024.
For more information visit: www.wypartnership.co.uk/our-priorities/mental-health
Other provider collaboratives
We have also engaged with the Humber Coast and Vale ICS specific to the provider collaboratives for Forensic Services and Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services.
Leeds Academic Health Partnership
We are a founding partner of the Leeds Academic Health Partnership, comprising all of the city’s NHS organisations, three universities and Leeds City Council, as well as regional and third sector members.
Leeds Academic Health Partnership works to solve some of the city’s hardest health and care challenges, by uniting our city’s academic strengths with those of the health and care system and industry partners to accelerate the adoption of innovation.
Read Leeds Academic Health Partnership’s 2021 report: Think big, start small, scale fast
For more information and to subscribe to the Partnership’s ebulletins, visit: www.leedsacademichealthpartnership.org