Health Inequalities Grant Funding Online Showcase Event 29th September 2021

In July 2020 West Yorkshire Harrogate Health and Care Partnership awarded £550,000 in health inequality grant funding to 14 voluntary and community groups. This funding was used to facilitate a diverse range of projects hosted by community organisations, working in partnership with local health providers, all of whom represented areas which had been disproportionately affected by the COVID pandemic. You can find out about the funding here.

We are delighted to announce that, on Wednesday 29th September we are holding a full day event to showcase the successes of these innovative projects, delivered by communities, for communities.

We’d love to see you join us to help us celebrate the success of these initiatives. If you would like to receive an invite and agenda for the event please contact This is a full day event but delegates are welcome to join for all or part of the day depending on availability.

Asking tomorrow’s questions today Virtual Question Time October 15th

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership invite voluntary community social enterprise (VCSE) sector colleagues to a question time session

‘Asking tomorrow’s questions today’

Friday 15 October from 11.30am to 1pm

This is a session held digitally for VCSE partners and colleagues hosted by Rob Webster CBE, CEO Lead for West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership and Hilary Thompson, Senior Responsible Officer for the Partnership’s Harnessing the Power of Communities


Join our panel members for a conversation about health and care developments across the area

·       A VCSE approach to integrating care – Frances Newall, NHS England, Head of Engagement and Communications

·       Integrated Care Partnership Developments – Helen Hirst, Chief Officer for Bradford district and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group and CEO Lead for the Partnership’s System Leadership and Development Programme

·       Our People – Brendan Brown, CEO for Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and CEO Lead for the Partnership’s Workforce Programme

·       Health partnerships – Rachael Loftus, Head of Regional Health Partnerships

  • A local place-based approach to working with VCSE – Nahid Rasool, Chief Executive Shantona Women’s and Family Centre, Leeds
  • Ensuring support for carers and personalised care in our work – Fatima Khan-Shah, Unpaid Carers Programme and Personalised Care Programme Director for the Partnership


To join the discussion please register here

Please put forward your questions to the panel when you register

Legislative proposals for a health and care bill – Thursday 9th September


 West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (an integrated care system invites you to a Virtual engagement event

Readiness for public involvement in relation to the white paper setting out legislative proposals for a Health and Care Bill.



3.00-4.30 pm

Please register your interest in attending this event here


Following on from the engagement to date about the White Paper and independent involvement review, here is a further event for those citizens and carers involved with your organisation.

This is their opportunity to hear more and share their views.

Guest speakers:

Ian Holmes, West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Programme Director

Stephen Gregg, West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Governance Lead


It is not just about fulfilling a statutory duty or ticking boxes, the Partnership are proactive in understanding and valuing the benefits of listening to people who access care and the wider public in the process and we welcome your views

Join us on 9 September 2021 to hear the recommendations from our independent public involvement review so we can continue the conversation with you


Root Out Racism Movement



West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership and West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit invite you to join the Root Out Racism Movement, starting Monday 23rd August at 9am

For more up-to-date info visit

The series of events and a prequel on Friday the 20th of August, 1-2pm at the Piece Hall, address the issues around racist behaviour, the impacts to the sufferers, opening discussions from experiences shared.

A series of local launches have been planned. For more information, use the contact details provided next to the events.

  • Bradford district and Craven, Mon 23rd August, Centenary Square, Bradford City Centre. Contact for more information
  • Calderdale at the Piece Hall on Friday 20 August. Contact for more information
  • Leeds are doing a photocall with the Mayor and CEO for Leeds Council, amongst others on Friday 20 August at Town Hall with embargo of Monday. Contact
  • Kirklees, have done a pre-launch photo call with Cllr Pandor, and this will go out on Monday to the media. Contact
  • For the Wakefield plans contact
  • WY&H HCP photo call on Monday 23 August with Rob, the Deputy Mayor, Interim CEO for SWYPFT, Karen Jackson and others. 
  • BBC Radio Leeds is planning a full week of activity and the latest schedule is below. Thank you to all who are taking part.

 If you have a twitter account please could you place the twibbon on your profile photo. You can access it here



A week-long feature, to correspond with the launch of the Anti-Racism Movement in late August 2021 (W.C 23rd Aug), with a different community group/story told daily on the BBC Radio Leeds Breakfast Show. Coverage is centred upon the real stories of people living in West Yorkshire who’ve experienced racism firsthand and the positive steps they’ve taken to tackle and overcome adversity. The whole idea of this campaign is to proactively challenge racism across all aspects of society. 



MONDAY 23rd August

Lead piece on Day One : Launch of the anti-racism movement


PKG DONE: ANTI RACISM – Music PKG (Graft) Daragh

0705 CONF LIVE (Zoom): Two guests. Soriya Jabeen (South Asian lady, Pakistani Muslim) and Mark Grattan AKA Marky G (DJ and music producer) founded Safety in Music in WY (a youth project aimed at helping the most vulnerable in fight against serious violent crime and tackling racism). (Both Soriya and Mark will be on Zoom and are happy to be interviewed.)

0735 (Still to be done): Pre-recorded piece with Presenter Richard Stead interviewing Ex-England Footballer and Huddersfield Town Player, Frazier Campbell. (Interview to be done Thursday 19th August at 10.30am)

  • Frazier can talk about his own personal experiences of racism, both on and off the pitch.
  • His reaction to what happened at the Euros.
  • Whether he thinks enough work’s being done to combat racism in sport?
  • The proactive work Huddersfield Town are doing, and other local clubs, to promote anti-racism in society.

0805 CONF LIVE (Zoom): Live Guest: Rob Webster CBE CEO lead for the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership.

News Bulletins – Pre-recorded interview with Kirklees Council Leader Cllr Shabir Pandor – he’s is the anti-racism movement lead for the Partnership.

SOCIAL MEDIA: working up some digital content




LIVE GUEST CONF (Facetime) Interfaith, Leeds Jewish Representative Council – Simon Philips Director of Interfaith. This organisation found us the case study in the PKG.

Simon can talk about the work Interfaith do in the community to support people of Jewish heritage.


WOMEN – (Clothing / Public Perception of Head Scarves for Women)


LIVE GUEST CONF (Zoom): Heather Nelson – Chief Executive Officer, Black Health Initiative (BHI) Leeds


Heather can talk about her own experiences of racism as a Black woman. Heather can also talk about the proactive work the BHI Leeds are doing to tackle racist behaviour.


TRAVELLERS / GYPSY COMMUNITY – Racism and Discrimination

PKG DONE: ANTI RACISM – Travellers PKG Daragh

LIVE GUEST CONF (Zoom): Connecting Roma, Daniel


  • Connecting Roma is a community interest organisation, launched in 2009, in Bradford
  • Daniel is from the Czech Republic and identifies as a Roma, but is not a traveller. He wants to promote understanding within the WY community of what Roma means. He wants to promote integration, without people forgetting who you are.
  • Roma is an Ethnicity, with traditional elements differing from country to country. I.e. in Britain members of the Roma community may live in caravans, elsewhere this is not the case.
  • He says there are as many as 20,000 people living in Bradford from Eastern Europe who identify as Roma. It’s a large community which is unrepresented. He mentioned how he never sees anyone in sports teams or on TV representing his ethnicity.
  • Daniel says he’s come from a racist country and the system in the UK isn’t as racist as in the Czech Republic. In England he’d feel confident to call the police about a hate crime, but in Czech he wouldn’t.
  • He’s faced racism in the UK, when he first came to the country age 10, with a group of Asian boys telling him to “Go back to your country.” Daniel says he never understood why someone with the same skin colour as his own was racist towards him. In his lifetime he’s also be denied access to restaurants, with people saying “we don’t serve gypsies.”
  • He’s working a lot with schools and currently has 30 Roma children in summer camps. He’s raised with schools about inclusion and that many Eastern European cultures like to have soup ahead of a meal – he’s asked if this could happen one day a week.


MIGRANTS – (Children Facing Racism)

PKG BEING EDITTED BY AISHA: With a West Yorkshire family (Calderdale) who recently moved to the county from Nigeria and immediately faced racism for being migrants.

POSSIBLE LIVE GUEST TBC: Fay (surname TBC), Trustee Member at Light Up Black and African Heritage Calderdale

The live guest is being arranged via Bola Adams – 07550 699459


Share Views on Using Digital Technology to Access NHS Health and Social Care Services

Are you passionate and enthusiastic about the future of your NHS and want to help us shape the future of digital services?

Be a Public Representative and share views on using digital technology to access NHS Health and Social Care Services!

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership are committed to ensuring that public and patient voices are at the centre of shaping our services. Every level of our health care system needs to be informed by listening to those who use and care about our services.

The move to greater use of online triage and video consultation has long been on the cards and in many areas was already underway, but since COVID-19 it has been rapidly accelerated.

We know that there are many positives to using online and video consultation services, but we are also very aware that digital technology is not for everyone.

We are looking for representatives to attend a public engagement workshop, this is an opportunity for people to share their views and experiences of using digital technology to access NHS health and social care, and to provide a patient perspective as to how we can improve the way we deliver digital services to the people of West Yorkshire.

To be able to collect feedback from the public, we will be facilitating a number of workshops in partnership with mHabitat, who are a co-design, digital inclusion and innovation team hosted by Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Our preference is that we do this in a Covid-19 safe way in person but this is dependent on the latest government guidance. The events will take place in July 2021, with dates and times to be confirmed in due course.

If you or anyone you know is interested in taking part, please contact Hayley Lockwood for more information using the following email address: or alternatively call 07970 267842.

Please note there are limited spaces available so you may need to register your interest at the earliest convenience to secure your place.

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership scoops national prestigious awards

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP) scooped a number of awards at the 40th Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards online celebrations on Wednesday 17 March.


The achievements of 24 winners — and 186 finalists — saw WY&H HCP being recognised by the HSJ for a number of outstanding achievements after a year in which it faced its toughest ever challenges.


Winning System Leadership System Leadership Initiative of the Year for their ambition to increase leadership diversity, Helen Hirst, Chief Officer for Bradford District and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group and CEO Lead for WY&H HCP, System Leadership Programme said: ‘Our relentless focus on increasing the diversity of our leadership to better serve our communities in West Yorkshire and Harrogate has upped a gear during the pandemic, with delivery of a senior leadership fellowship programme and  changes in recruitment policy and practice in all our partner organisations.   We have supported our colleagues who work in health and care across our area with health and wellbeing resources and taken a clear stance with communications campaigns such as Black History Month and Islamophobia Awareness Month. We’re delighted to have received this award on behalf of all our colleagues and communities’.


Sayma Mirza, Senior Head of Collaboration for Bradford District and Craven and member of the WY&H BAME Network said: ‘The system leadership initiative aims to increase the representation of ethnic minorities in senior leadership roles, enabling us to further meet the needs of people living across West Yorkshire and Harrogate. We know when we are able to see things from everyone’s perspective we are better informed and positioned to meet the needs of those we serve. We want our people to dream with ambition and we will work hard to make those dreams a reality – winning the award is a tremendous boost to us all here at WY&H HCP and encourages us to keep pushing those boundaries’.


WY&H HCP was also highly commended in the Workforce Initiative of the Year category for its nationally recognised Working Carers Passport Initiative. 


Richard Parry, Kirklees Council, Strategic Director for Adults and Health and Karen Jackson, CEO for Locala Community Partnership, who are joint chairs of the WY&H HCP programme board for unpaid carers said: ‘The working carers passport is an agreement between the carer and their manager, on behalf of the organisation. The intention is for the carer to be able to manage their role alongside their caring responsibilities by implementing mutually beneficial and flexible working arrangements. We’re delighted that the importance of supporting unpaid carers has been recognised in these awards – and more delighted that carers are getting the care and attention they deserve in the work place’.


Rob Webster, Chief Executive, WY&H HCP CEO Lead and CEO for South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust won Chief Executive of the Year. Angela Monaghan Chair of the Trust said: ‘We are so delighted and proud that Rob has been recognised in this way. Rob’s widely admired leadership is founded on strong values, compassion, inclusion and lifting others. He is deeply committed to improving staff wellbeing, tackling inequality, improving diversity and, particularly, to making sure health and care system working serves the wider needs of local populations. He would never have sought out this recognition, but it is hugely deserved.’


The judges concluded that this combination of humility, support for staff and partners and a focus on population needs was the near perfect combination for a leader in today’s NHS. Rob is also the first mental health trust chief executive to secure the number one spot in HSJ’s Top 50 chief executives list, announced on Thursday 18 March. Other chief executives on the top list include Julian Hartley, CEO for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Dr Owen Williams, CEO for Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.


Huge congratulations to others across the area who were nominated, including Locala Community Partnership finalist for Community Provider of the Year and to winners Leeds Community Healthcare Trust for winning ‘Freedom to Speak up Organisation of the Year for creating a culture of speaking, listening and following up.


Thea Stein CEO for Leeds Community Healthcare Trust said: ‘We are delighted that our hard work to create a culture of speaking up has been recognised in this way. Our aim is to make sure that everyone at Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust has a voice. I am equally pleased that our work to engage and support the wider health and social care system in Leeds has been recognised. Speaking up is an important practice that should be for everyone and free from organisational boundaries’.


Cllr Tim Swift, Chair of West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Board and Leader for Calderdale Council said: ‘I’m delighted that colleagues and communities have been recognised for their outstanding achievements during what has been an incredible difficult year for all. Tackling health inequalities across the Partnership is a priority everyone, and this has been reflected in those nominated and winners of these awards and Rob being awarded CEO of the year. Congratulations to all involved’.


WY&H HCP is made up of the NHS, councils, independent care providers, hospices, Healthwatch and hundreds of carer and community organisations; the Partnership is working together across Bradford District and Craven; Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield.


You can find out more about the Partnership’s work at or on twitter @wyhpartnership

WY&H Partnership supports Young Carers Action Day

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP) is set to launch a new young carers App on the 16 March as part of Young Carers Action Day. The App has been coproduced with young carers following feedback on what support they need to make their caring role easier. Feedback included the importance of virtual anonymous support and advice on how to maintain their physical and mental wellbeing.


The theme of this year’s Young Carers Action Day is about protecting young carers’ futures and making sure that all young and young adult carers get the support they need to go after their dreams.  Young Carers Action Day is an annual event led by the Carers Trust. It raises awareness and calls for action to increase support for young people with caring responsibilities.


Young carers and young adult carers have done an amazing job before and during the pandemic with many finding themselves with increased caring responsibilities coupled with less time spent at school, in college or with friends.  Many have found their lives turned upside down with feelings of stress or anxiety heightened, with nowhere to go for support.


WY&H HCP is committed to addressing the inequalities that young carers face. The launch of the APP called ‘YC support’ will enable young carers to access information on how to look after their health and wellbeing as well as support available to them in their caring role, including local the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) who can offer bespoke advice and support to young people.


The ‘YC support’ app was produced by ‘Expert Self Care’, an organisation who provide health information, promote self-care and signpost services through trusted mobile apps, led by Dr Knut Schroeder, a Bristol based GP and Health App Developer.


As a result of findings from what young carers said, WY&H HCP has also launched a support network to help them stay happy, healthy and well. . The Partnership is running an awareness raising campaign with local carers organisations across education settings with the aim of reminding teachers to look out for the signs that students may also be carers and that simple things put in place can make their life better – for example keeping their phone on when in lessons.


Karen Jackson, CEO for Locala Community Partnerships and co-chair of WY&H HCP Carers Programme said: ‘Young carers have told us that their teachers aren’t always aware of their caring role. Teachers can be an enormous support to young carers. The reopening of schools provides us with an opportunity to remind them to look out for the signs’.


Richard Parry, Kirklees Council’s Director for Adults and Health, and co-chair for WY&H HCP Carers Programme said: ‘In the coming months, as we build back better we will be working with our local partner organisations and young carers to listen carefully to how better we can further support young carers so they have every chance in life to fulfil their potential and achieve their ambitions’.