West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Board to be held in Huddersfield

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership’s Partnership Board will meet for the fourth time in public on Tuesday 3 March, 2pm to 5pm, at Huddersfield Town Hall.

The Partnership Board further strengthens joint working arrangements between the NHS, councils, care providers, Healthwatch, community and voluntary groups. Together, the Partnership improves health and care for the 2.7 million 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 lay 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 discuss population health, including climate change; supporting the talent of Black Asian and Minority Ethnic colleagues into more leadership roles; planning and ‘Looking out for our neighbours’ community campaign.

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 meetings held in public give opportunities for people to ask questions and have their say.

The Board meets in public every three months. To register your interest in attending these meetings or to ask a question before the meeting takes place please email or call 01924 317659. You can also access the agenda, papers and watch the meeting live at:


  • For press enquiries please contact West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership on 01924 317659.
  • West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership focuses on the health and care needs of local people across Bradford District and Craven; Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield. The partnership is made up of a number of organisations who work together to help 2.7 million people in the area including the NHS, councils, Healthwatch, voluntary and community organisations. You can view the list of partners here.
  • You can find out more about the local plans and the WY&H priority areas, which include cancer, mental health, tackling health inequalities, maternity and urgent and emergency care here.

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North Kirklees GP practice strikes gold

Blackburn Road Medical Centre has become the first GP practice in Kirklees to be awarded a gold award under a national pilot that brings the ‘Pride in Practice’ programme to the district.

The scheme, part of a pilot funded by the Government Equalities Office, co-ordinated by NHS North Kirklees and NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Groups and delivered by LGBT Foundation, aims to strengthen the relationship between GP practices and their lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) patients.

Pride in Practice is a service, co-produced by communities, clinicians and commissioners. Pride in Practice works in partnership with practice staff to better meet the needs of their LGBT patients and empowers LGBT community members to work with health professionals and find shared solutions to barriers, ensuring patient voice and lived experience is at the centre of the programme.

The programme includes myth-busting training, support to deliver effective active signposting and social prescribing for LGBT communities, and ongoing support.

12 GP practices in Kirklees have registered to undertake the programme and are progressing with their training.

Nick Gwatkin, Business Manager for Blackburn Road Medical Centre said: “We’re delighted to receive the gold award. I’m incredibly proud of the whole team who have embraced the training. The NHS is by us for us, and it’s important we take the time to educate ourselves so that we can better support our community.”

Kelly Collins, Practice Nurse added: “Completing the training has given us confidence when we do assessments and consultations with LGBT patients. We want our patients to feel at ease with us and know that we understand their needs.”

Pride in Practice supports the CCGs shared equality objectives which include improving access to GP practices for LGBT patients. The priorities have been developed with local people and health and social care partners in Kirklees.

Penny Woodhead, Chief Quality and Nursing Officer, for the CCGs said:

“We’re really pleased to see Blackburn Road Medical Centre achieve gold accreditation. Their commitment to effectively and confidently meet the needs of LGBT patients now leads the way for other practices in Kirklees.

“As a CCG we aim to commission health services that give protected groups equal access, experiences and outcomes.  Supporting practices to achieve the Pride in Practice award is one way we are doing this.”

Claudia Carvell, Business Development Manager for Pride in Practice said: “We are proud to have supported Blackburn Road Medical Centre to achieve the first gold accreditation in Kirklees, and to welcome them into a community of practices nationally who are working with us on LGBT inclusion and access in primary care.”

The Pride in Practice programme is endorsed and informed by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Royal College of General Practitioners, Care Quality Commission, and the Government Equalities Office.

Photo caption: Nick Gwatkin holds award with members of the practice team, CCG staff and Claudia Carvell from LGBT Foundation.

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Batley GP selected as new chair for CCG

NHS North Kirklees CCG has announced the appointment of Dr Khalid Naeem as their new clinical chair of the governing body from 1 May 2020.

Khalid has been a GP in Batley for over 15 years and is a partner at Mount Pleasant Medical Centre. He has also been a member of the CCG’s governing body since it was first established in 2013 as the clinical lead for medicines management.

Dr Naeem will replace Dr David Kelly who announced he would be stepping down from the role last year. David has held the position since April 2013 and has helped shape the future direction of health and social care in North Kirklees.

On his appointment Dr Naeem said: “I am delighted to be taking on the challenge of this role and look forward to working with local GPs, practice staff, patients and the CCG to ensure we continue to build on our vision for the population of North Kirklees.”

Carol McKenna, CCG Chief Officer said: “I’m pleased to welcome Khalid to the role of clinical chair of North Kirklees CCG. I know he has a great deal of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to bring to his new role and I look forward to working alongside him.

“I’d like to express my thanks to David who has made a huge contribution to the CCG. As one of the founding members of North Kirklees CCG David has led us through some often challenging times and has worked to deliver our ambitions of high quality care and sustainable local services.”

Dr Naeem was selected through a formal recruitment process followed by membership endorsement. Dr Kelly will continue to work as a GP at Brookroyd Surgery, Heckmondwike and be a GP member of the governing body.

Dr Khalid Naeem

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Healthy Hearts initiative helps people in Kirklees think about their blood pressure

In the UK, high blood pressure is the third biggest risk factor for heart disease after tobacco, smoking and poor diet.¹ Not many people know that high blood pressure, or hypertension, rarely has noticeable symptoms. But if untreated, it increases the risk of developing serious health problems such as heart attacks and strokes.

GPs across Kirklees are supporting the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Healthy Hearts initiative to ensure people with high blood pressure receive the care they need. The initiative aims to identify patients who may have high blood pressure but are not yet diagnosed, and those who have been identified as having high blood pressure to achieve better control.

In our area, Healthy Hearts is starting to show very encouraging results with just over 1,500 new patients added to their GP practice’s hypertension register since Jan 2019.  These patients can now be more closely monitored with the aim of reducing their risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack.

Dr Steve Ollerton, Healthy Hearts clinical lead for Greater Huddersfield and North Kirklees CCGs, said: “There isn’t always an explanation for the cause of high blood pressure, but not doing enough physical activity, being overweight or obese, eating too much salt, regularly drinking too much alcohol and having a family history of high blood pressure can all play a part. It’s never too late to start looking after your heart and we’re working with the Healthy Hearts initiative to help patients make the kinds of lifestyle changes needed to stay healthy”.

Dr Youssef Beaini, Clinical Lead for West Yorkshire and Harrogate said: “We’re working with GPs and local NHS clinical commissioning groups to help reduce the number of heart attacks and strokes. In West Yorkshire and Harrogate alone, more than 600,000 people are affected by high blood pressure.²  We’re are really encouraged by the results we’re seeing and that’s all down to the hard work of GPs and their clinical staff on the front line”.

For more information about the West Yorkshire and Harrogate’s Healthy Hearts initiative, please visit

  2. *Exact figure 616,636, taken from ‘Hypertension prevalence estimates, 2017 – National Cardiovascular Intelligence Network’ and published in British Heart Foundation packs – Blood pressure: How can we do better?

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Kirklees to benefit from community-based urgent care service

Kirklees will receive new funding to develop a community-based urgent care service for some of some of the most vulnerable patients, including those who are frail, elderly or have multiple long-term conditions.

Local NHS, council and community service teams will work together to develop the service, which will ensure urgent health and social care support is available within two hours to help the elderly and those with complex needs remain well at home and avoid hospital admissions.

The service will also ensure people receive tailored packages of care designed to restore independence and confidence after a hospital stay, within two days.

Kirklees is one of seven national ‘accelerator’ sites which will receive a share of a £14 million national investment.  The funding is part of a commitment set out in the NHS Long Term Plan to help keep older people well at home and reduce pressure on hospital services.

Carol McKenna, Chief Officer for NHS Greater Huddersfield and NHS North Kirklees CCGs said; “We’re delighted to have been selected as one of the national accelerator sites.  This reflects the integrated approach being taken in Kirklees, where the CCGs are already working closely with partners including GP practices, Kirklees Council and community service providers.

“The additional funding will help us to deliver more care and support closer to home and reduce pressure on local hospitals.   It also means that Kirklees will be amongst the first areas in the country to meet a new NHS standard for urgent community health services. “

Councillor Musarrat Khan, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, Kirklees Council, said; “I am really pleased that Kirklees has been announced as one of seven pilot sites in England to be an Urgent Community Response Accelerator Site.  We already work closely with our partners in the NHS, Locala and with social care providers to enable people to remain in their own homes.  This announcement enables us to take this work to the next level and test out ways in which we can enhance our work to avoid people needing to be admitted to hospital by providing a rapid health and care response.  We look forward to being able to share our learning nationally as part of the pilot as well as gaining insights from elsewhere in the country.”

Helen Carr, Lead Provider of Kirklees Provider Alliance, said; “Kirklees Provider Alliance is delighted to be working with partners across the borough to develop and deliver this new service.   It will be a fantastic opportunity to transform urgent community response health and social care services for the Kirklees population and affords the opportunity for sharing developments across a wider footprint”.

Rob Webster, CEO Lead for West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, said; “This investment in Kirklees as one of seven national accelerator sites is good for Kirklees and for West Yorkshire and Harrogate. Improving the lives of people through ageing well and supporting more people to remain independent at home is a priority to us all.

“This investment will support the testing out of new approaches, including faster access to community services for older people with an urgent need. Any learning will be adopted by the Partnership to support thousands more people and reduce unnecessary hospital admissions. This is linked to the other ‘ageing well’ programmes across West Yorkshire and Harrogate and demonstrates the power of partnerships.”

Ruth Holt, responsible for the Ageing Well Programme for the NHS in North East and Yorkshire, said; “It’s fantastic to see services in the community getting the attention they merit. This initiative in Kirklees provides a genuine opportunity to do something different when caring for people facing a health crisis at home.

“The NHS Long Term Plan commits to ensuring we work collaboratively so that all people in England get the right community care, in a timely manner when they need it most.”

Case Study – Rapid Response Service, Kirklees

Mrs Clough was unwell in hospital and after being discharged to go home, cried when she saw her front door as being back at home was such a comfort. Her family were anxious about how she would manage as she was unsteady and would struggle going up and down the stairs.

Mrs Clough eventually contacted Kirklees Council to enquire about the support available. She was referred to rapid response and within hours, had the support she required. “It was wonderful.  I was assessed and given equipment to help me such as a walking aid. Rapid Response staff came three times a day and helped me with personal care, meals and preparing for bed on an evening. They gave me so much reassurance and confidence,” she said.

To aid her, the therapist arranged for a hand rail to be fitted within a week which gave Mrs Clough confidence when going up and down the stairs.  She also had a bath lift put in place which was a massive help.  “As I felt better I was asked what my ambitions were. I told the therapist that I wanted to get back on the bus to Leeds,” she said.

She later received some reablement and mobility practice.  She walked each day and eventually managed to get to the end of the road where she could see her mum’s old house, the house that she had grown up in.  She cried as she never thought she would see it again.  From there with practice, she finally got on the bus.  She is now back to her full independence and going to Leeds.

“The staff were lovely, kind and caring people who always had a smile. They were so cheerful and made me feel better every day. They were wonderful!” Mrs Clough said being at home made such a difference, she had wanted to be at home and not in hospital or in care.

“There are no words to describe the difference the team has made to me being able to live independently in my own home.”

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Help your local NHS in 2020


Health commissioners in Kirklees are looking for local people passionate about representing their community and supporting the NHS to join their patient group.

To support better working across Kirklees, NHS Greater Huddersfield and NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Groups have joined their Patient Engagement Assurance Groups together. The group plays an important part in making sure that local people are involved in helping to shape, steer and advise on engagement and consultation activity.

The CCGs are responsible for planning and buying the right health services to meet the needs of local people. This includes GP services, community health care, hospital services and medicines.

Public members will help the CCGs to improve their involvement with local people by providing feedback on the CCGs draft engagement plans. They’ll be expected to draw on their experience as a patient, service user or carer who use local services, and know what matters to their local community.

Beth Hewitt, Lay Member for Patient and Public Involvement and Chair of the group said: “When we plan local health services we want to seek the views of local people before we make any decisions. Our Patient Engagement Assurance Group makes sure we are involving the right people, at the right time, in the right way.”

The group also includes representatives from community and voluntary sector organisations in Kirklees and the CCGs partners. including Healthwatch and Kirklees Council.

Beth added: “This is a real opportunity to find out how we plan, design and develop our local NHS services. We’ll support people with their development and NHS knowledge. If people are interested in supporting us we’d love to hear from them.”

The CCGs are inviting anyone interested in the voluntary roles to complete and return a short application form by Monday 17 February. Take a look at further information about the role and download the application form. 

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New website gives mums a voice in development of local maternity services

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP) has launched a new website platform for teams of women and their families, commissioners and maternity staff who are working together to develop local maternity care.

Part of the NHS national Better Births strategy and the Local Maternity System (LMS) action plan,  Maternity Voices Partnerships (MVPs) are working groups that operate in the six places that make up the WY&H HCP (Bradford district and Craven; Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield). People are invited to get involved by becoming volunteers to help with work such as asking for feedback at meetings, which they attend on behalf of their local MVP. All volunteers are fully supported and expenses are paid.

Carol McKenna WY&H HCP Local Maternity System Programme Lead and Chief Officer for NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group said:

“Our vision for West Yorkshire and Harrogate Local Maternity System is to provide the highest quality care, information and advice for women, and their loved ones, throughout a pregnancy and whilst planning for a baby. Enabling people to tell us what they want and need from the service where they live is important to us and we want to create as many opportunities as possible for them to do that. We are committed to using the real-life experiences of people who use our services to make what we do even better.”

The website also has personal stories from women and their families about their experiences of maternity services in West Yorkshire and Harrogate.

WY&H HCP senior midwife Sarah Bennett said:

“Throughout the development of our LMS action plan we have worked with our Maternity Voices Partnerships groups to ensure we are responding to the needs and wishes of the women and families we care for. The LMS has supported the development of new MVPs and is delighted to have co-produced this website with them to share the wonderful work they are doing and to encourage more interaction from the women and families of West Yorkshire and Harrogate.”

The Maternity Voices Partnerships website address is

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Local people are the stars of our winter health messages campaign

People living and working in Kirklees are supporting the local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) by sharing some important messages to help people stay well over the Christmas and New Year period.

The messages include a reminder about ordering and collecting any medication that is required before the holidays, using community pharmacies for advice and accessing NHS 111 by telephone or online for urgent medical problems.

Dr David Kelly, local GP and Chair of North Kirklees CCG said: “We know at this time of year people are busy, and no one wants to be ill, particularly at Christmas. Our winter messages films are just a simple way of reminding people what is available in the local community such as pharmacists, and GP practices that are open for longer. I’d like to thank everyone who has taken part.”

Dr Steve Ollerton, local GP and Chair of Greater Huddersfield CCG added: “Like many parts of the country we are seeing a high number of people attending our local accident and emergency departments and suffering with winter related illnesses such as diarrhoea, vomiting and flu-like symptoms in our local community.  We want people to be able to get the care they need, when they need it.

“It’s important if you are unwell to take the necessary steps to help us help you. Whether that’s collecting your medication on time, seeking advice early before things get worse, or contacting NHS 111 if you have an urgent medical problem.”

Many of the students from the University of Huddersfield who appear in the films are training to be the future workforce of the NHS.

Bethany Woodcock, Community Officer at Huddersfield Students’ Union said: “A lot of students have been on placements in GP practices or hospitals this year as part of their training. Students are a big part of the local community and were keen to support the local NHS with this campaign.”

The films are available to view on the CCG’s winter health pages.  Here you can also find advice on if you have flu or the norovirus (winter vomiting bug) and pharmacy opening hours for over the bank holiday.

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Pharmacy opening times – 25, 26 December and 1 January

Most pharmacies across Kirklees have reduced opening hours during the Christmas and New Year break. Please check the list of opening times to find a pharmacy near you on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day.

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Important information if you have flu or norovirus

As like many parts of England, there is currently a high prevalence of diarrhoea, vomiting and flu-like symptoms in our local community.

It is really important that if you, or someone you know, is suffering from symptoms that you help us, help you by taking the necessary steps to protect yourself and others.

Flu symptoms can come on very quickly and include a fever, exhaustion and an aching body. The best way to get better is to rest and sleep. Take paracetamol or ibroprofen to lower your temperature and treat aches and pains and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

More information about flu:

The norovirus, better known as the ‘winter vomiting bug’ is a stomach bug that causes vomiting and diarrhoea. You may also have a temperature, aching body and headache. It can be very unpleasant, but usually goes away in about two days.

To help ease your symptoms drink plenty of fluids, such as water or soup to avoid dehydration. If you find you have a dry mouth, or your urine is dark in colour you could be dehydrated. Special rehydration drinks bought from a pharmacist can help. Take paracetamol to lower your temperature and treat aches and pains, and get plenty of rest. If you feel like eating, eat plain foods, such as rice, pasta and bread

More information about norovirus:

Both flu and the norovirus are very infectious and easily spread to other people.

To reduce the risk of spreading these:

  • Wash your hands often with warm water and soap. A good hand washing technique lasts for two rounds of ‘Happy Birthday.’
  • Use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze.
  • Bin used tissues as quickly as possible.
  • If you have norovirus, you must stay off school or work, and not return until you have had no symptoms for two consecutive days.
  • Avoid visiting people in hospitals or care homes until you have no symptoms.
  • Do not share towels.
  • Wash clothes and bedding in a hot wash to kill viruses.
  • Flush away any poo or vomit in the toilet and clean the surrounding area with a bleach-based household cleaner.

When to get medical advice?

You don’t normally need to see a GP with either flu or the norovirus as there is no specific treatment for it. You can get further advice and over the counter medicine from your local community pharmacist. Visiting your GP with symptoms can put others at risk.

If your symptoms are developing and you feel worse, or you are concerned for young children you should call NHS 111 or go to

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