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West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Board to Bring NHS, Councils and Communities Closer Together

06/12/2018

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership are establishing a new Board to strengthen joint working arrangements between all organisations involved and most importantly to further improve health and care for the 2.6 million people living across the area.

Working alongside communities, West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership brings together NHS, councils, care providers, Healthwatch, community and voluntary organisations from across the area to give people the best start in life with support to stay healthy and live longer. An important part of the work is tackling health inequalities whilst improving the lives of the poorest, the fastest.

The importance of joining up care for people at a local level in the six local areas of Bradford District and Craven; Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield is at the heart of local and West Yorkshire and Harrogate plans. All decisions on services are made as locally and as close to people as possible. 

There will be no change in the legal powers or duties of all organisations involved that are represented on the Board - put simply, the Board will oversee a closer and more collaborative way of working towards shared goals; for example preventing ill health, breaking down barriers between physical and mental health, cancer, urgent care and tackling health inequalities which exist across the area.

The first meeting is expected to take place in June 2019.  The Board will meet four times a year and all meetings will be held in public.  The nomination of elected members will be determined by individual councils, whilst recognising the role of the Chair of each Health and Wellbeing Board across the area. The public voice of local people will also be represented on the Board – reflecting our Partnership’s commitment to make sure local voices are heard in everything it does.

Cllr Tim Swift said: “I’m delighted to accept the role of Chair for the Partnership Board. There are eight councils involved in the 

Councillor Swift

Partnership and we agree that only by working together with the NHS and communities can we provide better joined up health and care to the benefit of local people. 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 local government and that is why our role on the Board is critical.”.  

For more information visit www.wyhpartnership.co.uk

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