West Leeds Local Care Partnership is a well-established LCP which has a large geographical footprint covering Pudsey, Bramley, Calverley, Rodley, Farsley, Swinnow and Stanningley.
The LCP has high levels of participation from colleagues across Health, Social Care and the Third Sector. The partners 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 take a very pro-active approach to use data and developing work streams to think creatively across organisations.
Population Health Management – Frailty
The LCP participated in Wave 1 of Population Health Management with a focus on frailty. A data-driven approach was used to identify that social isolation and mobility issues in the under 60 age group was a priority in their locality. The intervention chosen by the LCP was to work across partnerships and take a proactive, person-centred approach to work with individuals to improve their quality of life and prevent more severe frailty in this group. The success of this intervention is being evaluated to measure the impact on the individuals who agreed 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 successful participation of Occupation Therapy in this intervention has now lead to two Occupational Therapists being employed by the PCN.
The LCP currently has two workstreams focussing on Diabetes and low-level Mental Health issues.
The data relating to people with Diabetes in the locality is currently being analysed to identify two possible groups of people who would benefit from a preventative intervention. Third sector partners who work closely with local people in these areas are working alongside Health colleagues to design the interventions. The group are using learning from interventions which have been successfully used with similar groups of people in other parts of the city by Third Sector partners to influence their approach.
The group had highlighted mental health as a concern prior to Covid-19, however, since the start of the pandemic, all members of the group have expressed concerns about rising numbers of people with low-level mental health issues. The mental health workstream is currently collecting further data about the mental health issues that people are highlighting when they are approaching professionals for help. Once this data has been analysed, the group will look together at possible interventions. The workstream has attendance from Primary Care, Secondary Mental Health Services, BARCA, Leeds Mind, Touchstone, Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service, Linking Leeds, ASC, Public Health, Ward Councillors and other partners involved in health and wellbeing.
Local Care Partnership Meetings
West Leeds 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 LCP meet on Thursday mornings 10 -12 every 2 months. The Diabetes and Mental Health workstreams are meeting every 4 – 6 weeks. Meetings are virtual and hosted on Zoom.
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.