One of our key strategic objectives is to ‘collaborate effectively with local and regional partners’.
We are committed to doing this at a number of levels, both in Bradford and across the West Yorkshire and Harrogate region.
The aim is that working together in this way will improve the care provided to patients and improve the health of people in Bradford and across West Yorkshire.
BTHFT is a key player in the work of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WYHCP), which consists of organisations – including local government, the NHS and voluntary sector – working closely together to plan health and care services across the region.
This is a genuinely new approach to partnerships, built from the bottom up using plans developed in the six local places that make up the region (Bradford District and Craven, Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield). The WYHCP work focuses on a set of agreed priorities, which are delivered via a number of different programmes of work. Some examples of these programmes include:
- The Cancer Alliance Programme, which is focusing on reducing waiting times to improve outcomes for patients;
- The Local Maternity System Programme, which aims to give mothers a more seamless experience throughout pre and post-pregnancy care;
- The Stroke Programme, which is looking at the best locations to deliver hyper-acute stroke services;
- The Urgent and Emergency Care Programme, which helps prioritise actions organisations take to ensure they manage the increasing number of people using the service.
As well as this, the WYHCP is designing its own governance system that means its own local organisations (rather than national bodies) take the lead in monitoring and improving NHS performance across the region.
BTHFT staff and clinicians are taking part in all these programmes and working hard to ensure they are successful.
You can find out more about all the partnership’s programmes as well as its overall strategy here. A number of case studies have also been produced which demonstrate the difference the partnership is making.
The West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts (WYAAT) is a collaboration between the six NHS trusts which deliver acute hospital services across West Yorkshire and Harrogate.
WYAAT’s vision is for all partners to work together to improve the quality, equality and efficiency of healthcare services, to consistently deliver the highest quality of care and outcomes for our patients.
The six trusts who make up WYAAT are:
- Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Airedale NHS Foundation Trust
- Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
- Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust
- Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
- Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Bradford Teaching Hospitals is actively involved in WYAAT’s programmes to improve our services for the people of Bradford and more widely across West Yorkshire and Harrogate. WYAAT’s programmes include:
- The Yorkshire Imaging Collaborative – rolling out a new IT system which will enable clinicians to share images such as x-rays and other scans, which will improve the care provided to patients;
- Working together to reduce variation in the quality of services offered by the six trusts, to make the system financially sustainable and improve outcomes for the public.
The chief executives of the six trusts meet monthly to discuss strategic issues and provide oversight to collaborative programmes. The WYAAT chief executives and chairs also meet regularly to make shared decisions in the best interests of patients in West Yorkshire and Harrogate.
If you would like further information about WYAAT, you can receive the latest updates from the WYAAT website and the WYAAT hospitals Twitter account.