The Beeston and Middleton Local Care Partnership (LCP), which also covers Hunslet and Holbeck, first came together virtually during the COVID-19 lockdown. The LCP covers a geographical footprint of two Primary Care Networks (PCN).
Although the partnership has not had the chance to meet in person, the virtual meetings have provided the opportunity to build relationships and connections with the different organisations and services represented, and have provided a platform for partners to share information about what support their services offers in the local area. There has been great enthusiasm from all involved, and we are excited about the work and plans we have for improving and supporting our community.
The partnership aims to be responsive to the needs of the local people and what is important for their health and wellbeing. To ensure this, we have identified a range of priorities to focus on.
Population Health Management – Frailty
This LCP participated in Wave 2 of the Population Health Management Frailty Programme. By using a data-driven approach, the group is currently focusing on supporting and designing interventions for local people who are over 65 years of age, moderately frail, living with COPD, and having little or no contact with statutory services.
The population health management approach allows for more proactive and person-centred care planning methods when working with people. As part of the intervention design process, a Care Coordinator will be appointed. This role will provide an opportunity to interact and work with the individuals identified in the cohort in order to establish what matters to them and explore local resources available to support them.
The group will be reconvening soon to develop this work, and are excited about the opportunities that are available in supporting our local people in improving their health.
Digital Inclusion Pilot project
Healthwatch Leeds’ report on ‘Digitising Leeds: Risks and opportunities for reducing health inequalities in Leeds’ has highlighted the inequalities certain communities may face when accessing digitised health and care services.
COVID-19 has shown a significant decline in service usage, and the unmet needs of vulnerable communities. The lockdown helped to identify the benefits of going digital and has accelerated the process of health and care services becoming more digitised. Despite its benefits, this has presented some issues for those who do not have access to digital equipment or have low digital skills and motivation.
Beeston and Middleton, due to its diverse demographic, has been identified as an area of great potential to the scope and design interventions for digitising health services. We are looking at how we can work together to provide support to people who are unable to access health and care services due to being digitally excluded. The goal is to develop and test a place-based model for enabling inclusion to digitised health and care services, and the learning from the development and implementation of this model will inform the future development of digital health and care services to ensure they are inclusive across Leeds. The LCP will be working with a range of partners, including 100% Digital Leeds, to develop this model. There has been an expression of interests from several services, and our activity so far has included understanding the local context, what is missing, and what each partner organisation offers digitally.
We are still in the early stages of the project, but partners are motivated to develop this pilot and share learning with the rest of the city.
Mental health is an increasingly important issue, which has been heightened by COVID-19 and its uncertainty. The lockdown measures and socialising restrictions have been challenging for all, whether in terms of financial hardships or lack of social interactions. We would like to make a difference in the lives of those who might be struggling with their mental wellbeing, by ensuring that the right support is accessible and available when needed. We will be exploring what is already available, any gaps we can address, and how we can use our services to work together and improve the mental wellbeing of our local people.
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.