Our priorities

Below is a list of our priorities:

Reduce health inequalities

We have a number of priorities that we will work on so that we can help support the health and wellbeing needs of local people. One of our key priorities is to reduce the health inequalities that face people in Leeds.

Over the coming years we have made a commitment to tackling some of the biggest issues in Leeds. These are: diabetes; obesity; cardiovascular disease (often known as heart and circulatory disease); alcohol-related harm; childhood asthma; and reduce premature mortality. We do some of this work jointly with Leeds City Council, who lead on public health for the city as well as supporting national initiatives from Public Health England.

Reducing the gap in life expectancy

Parts of Leeds have the widest life expectancy gap and we want to continue encouraging and promoting healthy lifestyles. For example, in west Leeds alcohol misuse is a key area of concern, and we know that we have a high number of emergency admissions to hospital for alcohol related liver disease. In south and east Leeds there are a high number of people who smoke compared to nationally.

Long term conditions

We are committed to improving the quality of life for those with a long term condition including support for patients with diabetes, people with chronic pain and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Mental health

One in four people will experience mental ill-health at some point in their lives. We are committed to working with our partners and providers to ensure the best possible support services are in place for people when they need them the most.

Cancer

We know that finding out that you or a loved one has cancer can be devastating news and that is why we want to work with you to improve cancer services as well as ensuing people access support quickly by being diagnosed sooner. We need your support to help improve cancer survival rates. For example, if you have been asked to complete a screening test or attend a screening appointment please make sure you do so.

Urgent care services

We are committed to making improvements due to pressure on A&E (Accident & Emergency) departments, access to primary care and feedback from our member practices telling us that demand on their service is increasing.

End of life care

We will continue to work closely with our partners to ensure plans are in place to improve end of life care locally. We want to ensure that people can access services that provide dignity and respect.

Maternity

There are over 10,000 babies born in Leeds every year and we have an ambition for all our children to have the best possible start in life. To help us support this we have developed a maternity strategy.

Sexual health

We want to ensure that people enjoy happy and healthy relationships. Sexual health issues can sometimes be seen to be limited to younger people, while there is evidence of greater prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among this group, we remain committed to providing accessible services for all communities. However we are aware of the particular need to support younger people and will continue to work with city’s education providers to provide the best possible sexual health education, advice and support.

Self care

Feedback from our patients, the wider public as well as our member practices suggests that people would like more support to help them take greater control of their own health. This helps patients as they have the confidence to use services when they really need them and reduces the risk of people, particularly those with a long term condition, being admitted to hospital. By taking greater care of your own health not only will you see the benefits, it will also help your NHS by reducing demand on services.

Integrated care

We are committed to helping bring care closer to home where possible and reducing the number of days people have to stay in hospital for treatment. We are also keen on reducing readmissions to hospital for those with long-term conditions by supporting them, and their carers, to take greater control of their own health. To do this we are working on a Leeds-wide programme called integrated health and social care. This means that all those responsible for providing ongoing care to anyone with a long-term health condition work closely together. This reduces the number of visits a patient receives from a multiple number of health and social care professionals as well as ensuring key information is shared among all those responsible for caring for the patient. To support this we are working on the Leeds Care Record so that health and care professionals in the city can share important information about people they are looking after – reducing the need for you to repeat the same information to multiple providers and ensuring consistency in your care.