Looking ahead

The partnership has produced a document which explains in detail how it is moving forward. Areas covered include:

  • Urgent and emergency care: Work to integrate urgent care is being prioritised so that people can have their urgent care needs better met outside of the emergency department.
  • Planned care: Commissioning policies for the majority of clinical specialities and planned care (for example musculoskeletal conditions and eye care) will be standardised to reduce variation.
  • Maternity: A safety forum will share learning within the local maternity system. Women, their families and staff will be made aware of the maternity choices available and care will be personalised. Public health pathways will be developed to support women to be at optimum health before and during pregnancy.
  • Cancer: Models for personalised support coordination that fit local needs will be developed with patients, staff and communities.
  • Stroke: Best practice care for people with atrial fibrillation will be rolled out in every GP practice, aiming to prevent over 190 strokes over three years and saving £2.5 million. Around nine in 10 people with atrial fibrillation will be managed locally by GPs.
  • Hospitals: Hospitals will work more closely together, through initiatives such as a shared supply system for medicines, a new IT system to enable clinicians to share X-rays and other scans, centralised immunology services, and vascular services (both surgery and interventional radiology) being delivered as a single West Yorkshire vascular service.
  • Mental health: Providers will continue to develop and manage a process of working together to assign acute beds from the combined total bed-base rather than on an individual organisation basis. This approach will help prevent patients being moved to a hospital bed out of the area and reduce unnecessary admissions so care is provided closer to home. Other initiatives include providing consistent care as close to home as possible through crisis/intensive home-based treatment services, a new rehabilitation and recovery pathway providing intensive community support for people with complex mental health needs, and designing a future model of assessment and treatment provision for people with learning disabilities.
  • Primary care: Over the next three years a coordinated programme of support will significantly improve primary care management of hypertension, cholesterol levels and diabetes. This will have a positive impact on the number of cardiovascular disease events such as a heart attack or stroke, reducing the traumatic impact of these incidents upon individuals, their families and communities.
  • Workforce: Health and social care careers will be promoted to ensure a reliable future workforce. Read the workforce plan here.
  • Digital: Technology facilities for staff will be improved across the area to facilitate better communication, and the clinical information securely shared across the partnership will be increased to improve integrated patient care.