You can always rely on the NHS and its army of dedicated staff to be there when you need them, but in the past, these separate organisations haven’t worked together very well and that hasn’t helped our patients. Now there’s a real determination to work together in partnership so that we can offer the people of Leeds and West Yorkshire services that meet their needs, not our convenience.
We share, we learn from each other and we make sure that we are providing the services people need in places they can easily get to. It’s complicated, and things don’t happen as quickly as we’d like, but there is a genuine will to make the NHS the best it can be and to spend the money that’s available as wisely as we can.
Our NHS partners in Leeds are:
We are part of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health Care Partnership and are working at this larger scale to design and deliver region-wide services such as cancer care. You can find out more by viewing the news section of their website.
But the NHS only makes up part of the health and social care jigsaw. Services and support are offered by charity and voluntary groups, which the NHS refers to as ‘the third sector’. Sometimes these are ‘commissioned’ – which means there is a contract which sets out the quality and quantity of services to be provided and the amount paid for them; sometimes they are provided on a voluntary basis and no money changes hands.
Local Councils also have responsibility for public health and for providing social care – this means care that isn’t considered to be nursing. Public health includes things like health promotion campaigns and inspecting shops which make and sell food. Old people’s care homes and social services are the bulk of the social care work.
Find out more about Leeds City Council health and social care.