LS25 & LS26 Local Care Partnership is a well-established partnership which covers areas of Garforth, Kippax, Rothwell and all in-between. This is a rich partnership of primary care, community health and care services and community groups, who are focused to work together to improve the lives of their local population.
Ageing Well Population Health Management
During Wave 1 of the Population Health Management work, LS25/26 targeted work at people living with severe frailty and dementia. 221 people were identified, and out of this 221, 40-50 people were reviewed, which showed a high percentage of this review cohort did not have an advanced care plan recorded in Systm1.
To rectify this, the LCP aimed to get an up to date, agreed, shared and visible Advanced Care Plan (ACP) in place for these individuals in order to reduce hospital admissions and make sure people were cared for in the way they wanted. In order to do this and use the expertise of people involved in a person’s care, a full MDT was tried in care homes with care home staff, the resident, carers and health professionals to discuss ACP. Although very time consuming, outcomes were very positive.
Hence to support this model, it has been agreed it would be beneficial to trial a coordinator role to pull all of this together, known as a Planning Ahead Coordinator.
We are currently finalising this role and will be taking it to advert soon. Once the coordinator is in place, we will be able to share learning and consider the longevity of this role.
Work has been going on under the LS25 & LS26 Local Care Partnership to work together around Obesity. As an LCP, we are an outlier in the city for obesity data. This means we have a higher percentage of people who are registered as obese (with a BMI over 30) in this locality. This information comes from GP practices in this PCN. A sub-working group has been in place for a few months, to pick up this work again.
A few years ago, the PCN undertook a survey with all of their patients to understand their attitudes to diet and exercise. This data showed us that we had a priority population of women who were 45-60 living with obesity, but also showed us that the top way people felt they could improve their lifestyle was by taking part in more physical activity. However, this work took a pause due to the scale of work needed to deal with this issue and other more pressing issues such as the frailty work.
In September 2020 we launched an online survey facilitated by Health Watch Leeds to understand how people’s attitudes to diet and exercise have changed in light of the COVID 19 pandemic. We also wanted to find out what mattered to people locally to help us find a local narrative for whatever next steps we take in this project. Results should be shareable early Spring 2021.
In December 2020, the LCP, spearheaded by Active Leeds, were successful in a bid to the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Partnership for money to implement and embed 15-minute neighbourhoods; a behavioural change which gets local people to swap quick car journeys for walking, cycling or scooting to key destinations, such as town centres, medical services including pharmacies and local green spaces, which are in the region of 15 minutes away. Not only will this have an environmental impact but will be able to build on this LCPs priority to tackle obesity. This project is in the scoping stage and is looking to involve community voice and influence from the get-go.
As a partnership, we are keen to learn more about each other’s services and roles in the community. We are also keen to have varied focuses so are open to new opportunities to develop as a partnership whilst improving the lives of the local population.
Local Care Partnership Meetings
The LCP meets on the first Thursday of every month, 1-2.30pm, via Zoom. Working groups as mentioned above have separate meeting schedules to progress actions.
How to get involved
We are keen to include more partners across the patch, in particular those who can support our current priorities and community groups. If you would like more information or to join us, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.