10th November 2016 – West Yorkshire and Harrogate draft STP

Posted on November 10, 2016 by AireAdmin No Comments

For more information including the draft plan, a public summary and a video see:


‘The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) will be delivered by local health and care organisations working together across the region to support changes needed to improve services for the 2.6 million people who live here.

STP partners will continue to work with staff, stakeholders and the public to build the plan, ensuring the involvement of everyone in future conversations around the draft proposals.

Pockets of deprivation and affluence across the area means where you live can determine your life chances.  The draft STP aims to address this health and wellbeing gap with a focus on supporting people to live longer, healthier lives, and ensuring a good and equitable service for all, no matter where you live.

The draft proposals also stress the importance of improving people’s health, through better coordination of services, whilst improving the quality of care received.

An ageing population and people living longer with complex health and social care needs means demand is increasing faster than resources. The draft STP offers an initial view of how local and regional services can be improved, what this means for the health of people locally and how we will need to collaborate to balance the books.

Rory Deighton, Director of Healthwatch Kirklees said ‘Healthwatch recognises the financial challenges we face in the next 5 years, and the pressure on the health and social care system. We are committed to making sure that the voices of people, including patients and carers, in our communities are properly represented and listened to’.

Rob Webster, West Yorkshire and Harrogate STP Lead, and Chief Executive of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said ‘the draft STP is a great chance to work on a longer term plan that covers all services together. This is the only way we can start to improve care, meet local needs and manage our finances.

The draft STP builds on local plans that have been developed in each of the six local areas we cover. They attempt to tackle long standing issues and improve care. They look at prevention, better coordinated services, preventing unnecessary hospital admissions and supporting people to stay well. These issues are important to us all.

We also need to do all we can to harness the innovation in West Yorkshire and Harrogate, with pockets of great work across the area being standardised and shared’.

Rob goes on to say ‘the draft STP is already informed by significant engagement in local plans, as set out in our document on engagement published today. It is not set in stone and we will be engaging with staff and the public in the planning and design of the proposals as they progress and we are calling for people to get involved.’

Dr Gordon Sinclair, Chair of the Collaborative Forum, which is made up of representatives from the area’s 11 Clinical Commissioning Groups said ‘realistic improvements are only achievable if we work together. This means patients, the public, carers, staff, GPs, hospitals, councils, the voluntary sector, commissioners and Healthwatch coming together to improve local services. We are developing our local plans around how we will engage and consult with people to make sure their views feed into the future planning processes.

With a focus on improving people’s health, one of the areas being looked at is cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Dr Andy Withers, Chair of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Clinical Forum said ‘we have significantly worse rates than other parts of England for CVD, which are conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels which causes damage to the brain, heart, kidneys and eyes. It can often be prevented with a healthy lifestyle and intensive treatment of risk factors which we are developing plans to deliver. In addition we will be looking at how quickly people receive treatment and are seen by specialist staff for unexpected illness such as stroke and we will be asking for people’s views on this over the coming months’.

Mike Doyle, Chair of the Suicide Prevention Group for Mental Health Services explains ‘the draft STP has given us the opportunity to further develop a shared model of care that will ensure everyone with mental health concerns receive the same quality of care as those with a physical illness or a disability. For the first time we can approach the task of suicide prevention in a true multi-agency partnership across the region’.

For a copy of the draft plan, summary and engagement report, click here.

Notes to the editor:

  1. Please refer media enquiries to West Yorkshire and Harrogate STP – 01924 317659 or email Westyorkshire.stp@nhs.net You can also contact Karen.coleman2@wakefieldccg.nhs.uk Mobile 07811766006.
  2. Guidance published by NHS England in December 2015 asked every health and care system to come together to create their own plan for the delivery of NHS England’s, Five Year Forward View.  These plans, known as Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs), set out a clear vision for how the challenges presented in the Five Year Forward View will be met by 2020/21.
  3. West Yorkshire and Harrogate draft STP is built from six local area place-based plans; Bradford District and Craven, Calderdale, Harrogate and Rural District, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield which all focus on the health and social care needs of local people and nine area wide priorities. These include prevention of disease and illness, primary care, cancer, stroke, urgent care and hospitals working together.
  4. Health and social care organisations will work together at a regional level to deliver the changes needed to close the following three gaps set out in the Five Year Forward View:
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Care and quality
  • Finance
  1. West Yorkshire and Harrogate currently have a £4.3 billion budget and by 2021 it will increase to £4.7 billion. The size of our financial challenge over this period by Doing Nothing would be over £1bn.
  2. The West Yorkshire and Harrogate area. This has higher than average childhood obesity levels and 50% of people are overweight. Over 200,000 people are at risk of diabetes and there are 455,000 heavy drinkers across the area; this has a major impact on people’s lives and the cost of care.
  3. Mortality is higher than average for those with serious mental health concerns and the area has significantly worse rates than other parts of England for cardiovascular disease (CVD), which is one of the main causes of death and disability, but can often be prevented with a healthy lifestyle.
  4. 4 in 10 cancers are preventable through lifestyle choices and the STP sets out plans to have 125,000 fewer smokers across the areas and to increase the one-year survival rate from all cancer to 75% by 2020-21, with the potential to save 700 lives each year.
  5. Helping people earlier rather than later is also a big priority; for example supporting people to stop smoking when we know this is the major cause of cancer and helping people at home to recover from an accident or illness after a stay in hospital so they aren’t readmitted unnecessarily.
  6. The organisations involved are:

Clinical commissioning groups

  • NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG
  • NHS Bradford City CCG

·        NHS Bradford District CCG

·        NHS Calderdale CCG

·        NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG

·        NHS Harrogate and Rural District CCG

·        NHS Leeds North CCG

·        NHS Leeds South and East CCG

·        NHS Leeds West CCG

·        NHS North Kirklees CCG

·        NHS Wakefield CCG


Local authorities

·        Bradford Metropolitan District Council

·        Calderdale Council

·        Craven District Council

·        Harrogate Borough Council

·        Kirklees Council

·        North Yorkshire County Council

·        Leeds City Council

·        Wakefield Council



·        Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

·        Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust

·        Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

·        Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

·        Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust

·        Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust

·        Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

·        Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

·        Locala Community Partnerships

·        The Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

·        South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

·        Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

·        Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust


Other organisations involved

·      NHS England

  • Public Health England
  • Health Education England
  • Healthwatch



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