Armley Local Care Partnership is a well-established LCP which covers a geographical footprint across two Primary Care Network (PCN) areas – Armley, Bramley, Wortley and Middleton.
The LCP has high levels of participation from colleagues across Health, Social Care and the Third Sector. Prior to Covid-19, the meetings were increasingly being held in community settings in order to encourage attendance by Third Sector and community-based colleagues. The LCP work together to look at where they can make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of defined groups within the local population. Addressing health inequalities through a local perspective has to lead the group to think about a pro-active approach and how to utilise available resources more effectively.
Population Health Management – Frailty
The LCP participated in Population Health Management with a focus on frailty. They used a data-driven approach to identify that mental health was a priority in their locality. The intervention chosen by the LCP was to work in partnership with the Third Sector to employ a Health and Wellbeing Coach who will take a proactive, person-centred approach to work with individuals to achieve their desired outcomes and improve their mental health. The success of this care coordination role will be evaluated to measure the impact on the individuals who have been identified to take part in this pilot.
The process of taking part in the Population Health Management programme strengthened the relationships across Health, Social Care and the Third Sector in the locality. It encouraged everyone to consider the wider determinants of health and how by working together we can make a greater impact on these determinants.
The Health and Wellbeing Coach is now in post and we aim to share the learning from this pilot to influence future interventions.
Unemployment in the area has also been identified as a determinant of poor mental health. Developing You is a project aimed at people who fit into low-level mental health criteria, who are of working age and currently not in employment and speak a reasonable level of English. The project has been developed and coordinated by the Employment and Skills team and LCP Development team in line with Medical Research Council guidelines. It is to be delivered by 3rd sector, Adult Learning and Active Leeds to raise self-awareness, self-confidence and self-esteem. The hope is that it will increase coping, managing, goal setting and job search skills and also increase readiness to take opportunities and open up horizons.
Local Care Partnership Meetings
Armley LCP is a very enthusiastic and motivated group of partners who are keen to work together across organisations to meet the health and social challenges faced by people in this part of Leeds.
The group meet on Tuesday mornings at 10.30-12. They are currently reviewing the frequency of these meetings. Meetings are virtual and hosted on Zoom.
How to get involved
As a relatively new partnership, 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