Partnership invests £1million to help keep thousands of people warm

West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (WY HCP) is investing £1millon to help keep people warm this winter, so they can live a long, healthy life.

The funding will support affordable warmth by increasing low-income households’ energy efficiency rating, giving advice on reducing their energy bills, and helping people access additional support they are entitled to.

The  Partnership of NHS, local councils, housing associations and the voluntary community social enterprise sector is working across Bradford district and Craven, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, and Wakefield. The funding aims to benefit people, through a boost to existing projects such as home insulation, boiler repairs, financial savings and benefits advice and heating grants, with the aim of reducing health risks associated with poor housing and cold homes.

Across West Yorkshire 169,000 households, 18% of the 2.4 million people (Source Gov.UK Sub-regional fuel poverty data 2021), are having a difficult choice to make on whether to spend money on fuel or food – all influenced by a household’s income, energy efficiency and costs.

The impact of cold homes is estimated to cost the NHS £2billion every year in England and Wales, with people needing extra care from their GP and hospitals for illnesses such as heart attacks and stroke, respiratory illness, falls, hypothermia and influenza during – for example, hospital admissions for COPD are four times more likely in winter months.

Whilst the greatest impact of winter deaths is in the elderly, it happens across all ages, with people living in poorer communities more likely to be affected. It impacts on their mental health and wellbeing, as well as their children’s health, for example asthma and bronchitis.

Rob Webster, CEO-Designate for WY HCP said: ‘Once again our partnership is investing in prevention, this time to support people who will experience fuel poverty, and struggle to keep warm. We have made a pledge that no one living across West Yorkshire should suffer due to fuel poverty. This funding will help our efforts, and benefit thousands of people who are eligible for support, as well as those at increased risk of hospitalisation during winter because of their fuel circumstances’.

Robin Tuddenham, CEO for Calderdale Council, Chief Officer for Calderdale Commissioning Group and Co-Chair of WY HCP Improving Population Health said: ‘We are seeing increasing challenges for people in being able to afford fuel costs at this time when lack of warmth has a hugely negative impact on health and wellbeing. This is even before the large increases in fuel prices expected next year. We are working with those most affected to enable keep their homes warm, and to manage the impact of these costs with practical support and access to financial assistance through our voluntary and community sector. I welcome this funding from the Health and Care Partnership as we play our part in mitigating the devastating impacts of fuel poverty on health’.

Dr James Thomas, WY HCP Chair of the Clinical Forum, Clinical Lead for Bradford District Clinical Commissioning Group and Co-Chair of WY HCP Improving Population Health said:’ This is all about identifying people who are most at risk so that we can support and avoid the need for urgent care services. Social prescribers working with GP practice are an important part of the work, as they work alongside people to look at their wider health and wellbeing needs.’

Dr Sohail Abbas, a Bradford GP and WY HCP Chair of the Health Inequalities Network said:

‘Many people in West Yorkshire are spending a disproportionate amount of their income on energy bills. The impact of winter and cold homes on people health is well known and the pandemic has seen many families who could previously afford fuel now struggling, with many not knowing about the different benefits and grants available to help. We need to go upstream and tackle the causes of ill health and do all we can together to support our population’.

The next steps are to distribute funding to the West Yorkshire local places to increase resource allocations for targeted winter warmth initiatives.

Together we can protect each other and stay well this winter

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West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (WY HCP) is all set to run an area wide ‘Together We Can’ campaign this winter. The campaign started in Calderdale and Kirklees is being rolled out across West Yorkshire to help people access health and care services at the right time and place.

The campaign encourages people to choose well and to opt for convenient self-care, where safe to do so during the winter months.

If everyone ‘chooses well’ it could really make a difference to already stretched services. Together we can make a real difference.

The campaign has an easy to navigate website [togetherwe-can.com]. Here you will find help and advice and tips for keeping well this winter, as well as other useful information on how to stay healthy.

 

Together we can protect each other this winter.  Together we can make a real difference so please:

  • Access online services. You can book appointments or order repeat prescriptions through the NHS App. Visit 111.nhs.uk or call 111 if you need urgent medical help 24/7.
  • Remember GP practices are here to help and will ensure you get the right care appropriate for your needs.
  • Be COVID-19 aware. Take up vaccines and boosters and get a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms. Stay safe by following the latest COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Get the Flu vaccine. If you’re over 50, pregnant or have a long-term medical condition, get your free flu jab today.
  • Take good care this winter there’s lots you can do to stay well and protect yourselves and others around you this winter.
  • Visit your local community pharmacy for medical advice and treatments for things like colds, tummy troubles, rashes, and pains.
  • We can all spread the kindness this winter by looking out for each other and our neighbours. Visit: ourneighbours.org.uk

 

Partnership invests in care workers with immediate pay rise

 

West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (WY HCP), an integrated care system, has agreed a £12million funding package to support staff in the independent care sector today at its Partnership Board (Tuesday 7 December).

Longstanding issues with pay and competition for staff from other sectors have come to a head, particularly in the context of seasonal workforce recruitment in the retail and hospitality sectors. As a result, the sector is facing additional recruitment and retention challenges which in turn is leading to further pressure on families and carers, as well as the health and care sector. More people are awaiting hospital discharge or experiencing problems with community care service delivery and variations in experience of care.

Cllr Tim Swift, Chair of the Partnership Board and Leader of Calderdale Council said: ‘At the Partnership Board meeting today we supported a proposal to use NHS resources provided for West Yorkshire priorities to enable the health and care system to bring forward the increase in national living wage for social care staff in West Yorkshire from April 2022 to December 2021. Whilst this will not resolve all the issues, it demonstrates that we are all committed to working together in the interests of our population across traditional boundaries between local government and health, supporting the independent sector to address the problems impacting on social care’.

Rob Webster, CEO for WY HCP said: ‘Our partnership values the role social care plays in the lives of people. Care workers are key to someone being able to live independently in their own home and can make all the difference between getting someone back home or keeping them in an NHS hospital. Caring is an important profession, and we are happy to be supporting our social care staff and partners as we join up care across West Yorkshire’.

Richard Parry, WY HCP Sector Lead for Adult Social Care and Director for Commissioning and Adult Social Care at Kirklees Council said: ‘The single biggest factor affecting staff turnover is basic pay, but closely followed by feeling valued. One way we can reduce this is by implementing the national living wage before April 2022, for those not currently receiving it. This will not only improve pay rates but will help demonstrate parity of esteem alongside NHS colleagues and recognise the incredible contribution of our social care workforce throughout the pandemic and beyond.  It’s the first step we are taking collectively across West Yorkshire to demonstrate our commitment and value to and for the independent care sector’.

Pay rates for workers on the minimum wage are set to rise in April 2022, with the rate for those aged over 23 rising to £9.50 an hour from £8.91. The rise means a full-time worker will get £1,074 extra a year before tax.

Jo Webster, Corporate Director for Adults and Health at Wakefield Council and Chief Officer for NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group said: ‘I welcome the £12million funding package across West Yorkshire, which will be used to support the important work of Wakefield care workers.

The Wakefield district already benefits from improved collaborative working between council and NHS services, which is contributing to improvements for local services. And today’s news will ensure that we are providing adequate funding to ensure that further work is underway to address the wider needs of the sector to ensure the workforce continues to be valued and recognised’.

Louise Bestwick, CEO Bradford Care Association said: ‘We are very grateful that WY HCP are leading the way and taking decisive action to support the social care workforce. This demonstrates that our workforce is valued and an integral part of the health and social care system. This is a very important first step on the journey towards equity and parity with the NHS. It will provide a much-needed moral boost to our dedicated social care workforce who continue to work tirelessly to support and care for the most vulnerable people in our communities’.

Jill Holbert, from Calderdale is the Co-chair of the Registered Managers Network, she said: ‘The dedication and commitment shown by all social care staff prior to and during the pandemic is difficult for me to put into words. I cannot express enough the importance of social care staff being valued, supported, and rewarded for the work they do day in and day out. The effort for social care staff has been incredible and I would support any proposal to increase wages without question. Attracting new people into the sector is vitally important and with increases in hourly rates, this may become more appealing for people working or considering working in health and social care and may help services with the recruitment process which at this time is extremely difficult.’

James Creegan, Chair of Kirklees Care Association said: ‘We are delighted WY HCP has recognised the importance of the social care work force and their invaluable contribution to ensuring our most vulnerable people get the care they need and deserve. Being able to bring forward the national minimum wage increase by four months should make a difference to the people who work tirelessly and show that they are truly valued as professionals within the health and social care system. Whilst this will not solve the problem of workforce recruitment or retention it might go some way to stabilising a difficult situation faced by many independent providers of social care. It demonstrates that our partners are committed to ensuring the social care workforce is treated with equity and valued in the same way as their NHS colleagues’.

Michelle Atkinson from Leeds Care Association said: ‘Leeds Care Association welcome the news that WY HCP have recognised the pressures the independent sector social care workforce is experiencing and are able to implement the national living wage from December because of NHS investment. It will make a real difference to the staff who work in the sector.  This investment recognises the importance of the skill and commitment of staff within the sector, who have worked tirelessly to support the wider system over the last two years’.

Gaynor Saunders, Chair of the Independent Sector Liaison Group, Wakefield said: ‘On behalf of the Independent Sector Liaison Group for care providers in Wakefield, I wish to pay tribute and thanks to all of those involved, who have pushed for this funding to support care workers at a time when they are feeling deflated, undervalued and worried about how they are going to support their own families at this time of year. Bringing the national living wage forward to December from April 2022 places WY HCP as trailblazers to uniting the health and social care sector. This small, but not insignificant decision, will undoubtedly restore faith in hardworking and committed staff who have endured probably the worst two years of their working life. It will hopefully encourage them to remain in the sector and continue to support those people who sadly, will need health and care services through the difficult winter’.

Given the challenges faced it seems the most sensible thing to do during these pressurised times. It will help to fund a winter support package to tackle the rising needs of people and staff shortages in the sector.

Further work as part of WY HCP’s People Plan is underway to support the wider needs of the sector, including recruitment, training, and career development opportunities and ensuring the value of the workforce in the sector is recognised.

Young people spread kindness across West Yorkshire

 

Over 30 local young people organisations have signed up to support a campaign to #SpreadTheKindness across West Yorkshire.  With thousands of others getting involved online or via local events.

In September the West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership launched an exciting new phase of the ‘Looking out for our neighbours’ community campaign. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic the campaign had inspired over 49,000 people to get involved by making a positive difference to their neighbours’ lives through acts of kindness. With phases two and three then reaching over 731,982 people and online audiences.

#SpreadTheKindness set out to reach 15–24-year-olds living, in education or working across the area.  A campaign coproduced with young people aims to encourage young people to check in and share positive messages with friends either online or in person. It also aims prevent loneliness in the community, which has an impact on young people too.

2,500 of the five-ways to kindness postcards inspired young people to share kind and supportive words with each other.

A photo montage of some of the highlights from the campaign has been created and can be viewed online.

Highlights of the campaign include photographs and videos, feedback from young people and supporters case studies, all captured during the three-month campaign and summarised in an evaluation report available to read here.

Read further and testimonials here

You can find out more about the campaign and supporters at https://ourneighbours.org.uk/

Partnership Board meets in public 7 December 2021

 

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership’s Partnership Board will meet in public on Tuesday 7 December 2021 at 2pm. The meeting will be held virtually to ensure people are not at any unnecessary risk of COVID-19.

The Partnership Board further strengthens joint working arrangements between the NHS, councils, care providers, hospices, Healthwatch, the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. Together, the Partnership improves health and care of all people living across the area.

The Board is an important group for the Partnership, which covers Bradford District and Craven, Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, and Wakefield. It brings together elected members, executive and non-executives, and independent co-opted members in one decision making process.

Chaired by Cllr Tim Swift, Leader of Calderdale Council and Chair of Calderdale Health and Wellbeing Board, the meeting will focus on the Partnership’s COVID-19 response and recovery including the development of the area’s ‘People Plan’, and support for minority ethnic communities and colleagues.  Board members will discuss the Partnership’s governance arrangements in response to the Government’s national proposals to further join up health and care services.  They will also hear from a member of the planned care citizen panel.

Working alongside communities, the Partnership Board aims to give people the best start in life with support to stay healthy and live longer. Many factors determine whether someone leads a long and healthy life, including good housing, access to green space, and building an inclusive economy that creates more good jobs, reduces health inequalities, and promotes opportunity for all. These important factors are at the heart of the Partnership Board.

The Partnership Board is also influenced by the voice of local people. It has co-opted four independent members of the public and has a strong commitment to listening to the public’s views.

The Board meets in public every three months and gives people the opportunity to ask questions and have their say.  Members of the public will be able to ask a question at the start of the meeting via a video link.  All questions submitted will receive a written response after the meeting and will be published on the Partnership’s website.

Members of the public are asked to email their questions to westyorkshire.stp@nhs.net before Monday 6 December at 5pm – highlighting the question to be asked at the Board. People can also call 01924 317659 to submit questions. Members of the public who want to ask a question will then be sent a Microsoft Teams link to the meeting.

The agenda, papers, and link to watch the meeting live can be accessed at: www.wyhpartnership.co.uk/meetings/partnershipboard/papers from Tuesday 30 November.

You can find out more about asking questions to the Board at:  www.wyhpartnership.co.uk/meetings/partnershipboard/questions

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, named Integrated Care System of the Year in national prestigious awards

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP) was awarded the title of Integrated System of the Year on Thursday, 18 November, by the Health Service Journal (HSJ).

Comedian and presenter Sue Perkins, along with HSJ editor Alastair McLellan, announced the winners of 23 categories following a process involving two judging stages, 136 judges and 1,008 entries.

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.

The judges recognised that the Partnership’s strength provides greater opportunities to deliver its Five-Year-Plan ambitions, ensuring people are given the best start in life, are able to remain healthy and age well. Working arrangements are co-produced by partner organisations – NHS providers, commissioners, local authorities, hospices, voluntary community social enterprises and communities. The politically led Partnership Board is supported by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, and Local Resilience Forum.

Rob Webster CBE, and CEO for the Partnership said:’ I’m delighted the hard work, dedication, and commitment of over 100,000 colleagues, 400,000 unpaid carers and volunteers has been recognised. They have worked tirelessly together at every level to deliver the best care and support possible to people in the most challenging of circumstances. This award belongs to each and every one of them’.

Cllr Tim Swift MBE, and Chair of the WY&H HCP Board said: ‘This award is well-earned recognition for the way we work together to deliver care with and for communities. The judges paid tribute to the whole of our workforce and the positive strides we are making to give everyone the best start in life with every opportunity to live and age well. I’m particularly pleased to know that the judges recognised our ambition to reduce health inequalities, alongside our determination to tackle this head on. Receiving this award gives us all the boost we need at the present time’.

The Partnership also received a highly commended for the System-Led Support for Carers Award for its COVID-19 Vaccination Programme for Unpaid Carers.

This saw 53,000 unregistered carers come forward to receive a vaccine during the pandemic, which enabled them to support loved ones and family, without fear of becoming too ill to care.

The Partnership was also shortlisted for Staff Engagement; Connecting Services and Information Award; and NHS Race Equality, alongside other organisations across the area including the Airedale Digital Care Hub which has become an invaluable resource to Bradford District and Craven (BDC) Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) for Digitising Patient Services Initiative.

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust was also short-listed for three awards including for Patient Safety and Acute Sector Innovation of the Year. Congratulations also to Leeds Shielding Support Programme who were shortlisted for the Partnership with Local Government Award; and to Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust shortlisted for the Environmental Sustainability Award. Leeds Children’s Hospital and DigiBete CIC, DigiBete Diabetes App for Children and Young People were also shortlisted.

All in all it was a good evening of recognition for all working in West Yorkshire and Harrogate health and care services.

Partnership appoints integrated care system CEO-designate

Rob Webster has been appointed new CEO-designate for West Yorkshire Integrated Care System (ICS).

The announcement follows an open and robust partner and stakeholder recruitment process with NHS England and NHS Improvement recommending that he should be CEO-Designate for West Yorkshire ICS, ready to take up the post from April 2022 should Parliament confirm the current plans.

Rob comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience nationally and locally. He has been the lead CEO for the West Yorkshire ICS since March 2016, which he has carried out successfully alongside his role as Chief Executive for South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

His ICS role has involved working together with health and care leaders, organisations, and communities to deliver ambitious plans for improved health, care, and wellbeing, including those set out in the ICS’s Five-Year Plan. Crucially, he has played a lead role in ensuring services have been maintained and staff and citizens supported throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rob Webster CBE said: ‘It’s a privilege to have been confirmed as CEO-Designate for the West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership and our Integrated Care System. Our work in West Yorkshire in the coming years will be built upon an established track record of strong system leadership and working across health and care with our communities. I am in no doubt that this will be a period of significant challenge for all of us, as well as a significant opportunity. Together, we can make meaningful and lasting improvements that improve outcomes for all, whoever we are and wherever we live’.

Cathy Elliott, Chair-Designate for the NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board said: ‘This important appointment is great news for us all. With a strong focus on distributed leadership, Rob firmly believes in the power of the NHS, councils, Healthwatch, hospices, the voluntary community social enterprise sector and communities being equal partners at a local and system level for better joined up care for people, delivered locally. An ethos which will continue to move us forward into the future together. I’m very much looking forward to working with Rob for and with our West Yorkshire partners.’

 Cllr Swift, West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Board and Leader of Calderdale Council, said:  ‘We welcome the certainty that this announcement brings and look forward to continuing to work with Rob, to make integrated care a reality for the people we collectively serve. Supporting colleagues across all partner sectors, preventing ill health, and tackling health inequalities for everyone, so that no matter where people live or work, to deliver and receive the best quality of care possible, are amongst his key priorities – ones I very much welcome’.

Richard Barker North East and Yorkshire Regional Director for NHS England said: ‘The leaders of our integrated care systems (ICS) have a vital role working with all system partners to deliver excellent care and improve the health of the communities we support. Getting our leadership structures and governance right is important but integrated care is about practical, real improvements for local populations and the ICSs are uniquely placed to more this forward in bold and innovative ways.’

Rob‘s confirmation follows the Second Reading of the Health and Care Bill on Wednesday 14 July 2021. The Bill contains a series of measures which would formally establish ICSs and give their governing bodies – including an NHS Integrated Care Board – a broader range of responsibilities, empowering them to better join up health and care, improve population health and reduce health inequalities.

While it is not possible to pre-empt the decisions of Parliament, the Bill received a positive vote at Second Reading. This means there is a degree of confidence that the measures relating to ICSs will become law. In turn, that means the NHS locally, regionally, and nationally – alongside all partners – has a responsibility to prepare for when those measures are expected to come into effect, which is currently April 2022.

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