Launch of the Leeds Health and Social Care Hub to improve outcomes across the region

  • The Leeds Health and Social Care Hub plans to create new opportunities for health and social care professionals in and around the city and boost the local economy

  • It builds on Leeds’ strong reputation for tackling health and economic inequalities through innovative programs such as West Yorkshire Innovation and Improvement Hub, YHealth For Growth and Lincoln Green Employment and Skills Project.

A new Leeds and Social Care Hub will launch today [Tuesday 19 July] bringing together the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and various local partners to improve health outcomes in the region.

The hub will bring together a community of experts to improve healthcare in the region for patients. Members from public, private and third sector organisations, including the NHS, local government, universities and other health organisations, will work to address challenges including tackling health disparities and the improved employment opportunities in the sector. This will ensure that DHSC’s main offices in Leeds will be integrated into the region’s growing healthcare industry and continue the work of establishing Leeds as a national and international hub for the healthcare industry.

The aim is to position Leeds as the natural choice for professionals wishing to pursue a career in health and social care spanning local government and public and private organisations, as well as for start-ups seeking to establish or expand their base in the city. This will help retain and develop talent, while boosting the local economy. It will also promote the health and social services sector as a career of choice for local residents and graduates, so that the workforce reflects the communities they serve.

Health Minister Maria Caulfield said:

“The Leeds Health and Social Care Hub gives us a welcome platform to build closer and stronger working relationships with our partners in Leeds and the North of England.

“This will allow us to attract more talented health and healthcare workers, and organizations, to the area, boosting both the local workforce and the economy.

“Together we will work on a holistic vision to improve health and social care outcomes and find innovative solutions to tackle health disparities in the North of England.”

This will build on existing successful collaboration between different organizations and sectors, for example, in 2019 Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust partnered with Leeds City Council and a local charity to provide employment information , connecting residents of Lincoln Green and other deprived Leeds communities with employment opportunities. This resulted in 49 people starting a six-week employability program and 29 people successfully finding employment at St James’s Hospital.

The Hub will serve as the focal point for healthcare activity in the region, making Leeds the city of choice for organizations and businesses. For example, the new West Yorkshire Innovation Center has been set up to ensure that residents can benefit from new innovations. He recently launched 10 innovation programs, including breast cancer surgery, cancer screening in minority communities, and a special program to support seniors with cancer.

Partners will include Leeds City Council, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, NHS England, West Yorkshire Integrated care System, University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University, Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network, Leeds Health and Care Academy, Leeds and York Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust.

Sir Chris Wormald KCB, Permanent Secretary to the Department of Health and Social Care, said:

“I believe the Hub offers a unique opportunity to accelerate the realization of our shared ambitions, not to mention the significant potential to be replicated in various sectors in different parts of the country.”

Dr Sara Munro, Chief Executive Officer of Leeds & York Partnership NHS Trust, said:

“The hub brings together a diverse set of partners both local and national who will be able to collectively achieve much more.”

Tom Riordan, of Leeds City Council, said:

“In order to develop and implement successful policy, you need national, regional and local perspectives working together, and this initiative is a great opportunity to do that.”

Richard Stubbs, chief executive of the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network, said:

“The Hub is an important opportunity to build on the existing collaboration between health and care across Leeds and West Yorkshire, aligning conversations on health, economy, jobs and innovation to improve the health and lives of the citizens of the region.”

The project will revolve around three main axes:

  • People and Talent: To make the region’s health sector the employer of choice for many people from all communities. This will include:

  • Clarify career paths between organizations and facilitate mobility between organizations
  • Expand and diversify the talent pool by making our roles attractive to local residents and helping them join our organizations
  • Develop new apprenticeships, rotation programs and various outreach initiatives and work closely with local universities to develop higher education offerings

  • Health and Care Economics: Working together to develop Leeds as a location of choice for health and care businesses, particularly innovative companies and those in the digital health and technology sectors medical. This will include:

  • Supporting the Innovation Arc, a project which aims to create a series of innovation quarters, as part of the development work for the new hospital on the Leeds General Infirmary site and a key part of the government’s New Hospital Program
  • Support inclusive and collaborative partnerships between life sciences, business, academia, healthcare providers and policy makers
  • Work to attract talent in emerging health technology and maximize start-up opportunities

  • Policy and Collaboration: Bring together the experience and knowledge of all partners to address health and care policy challenges with a focus on health disparities. This will include:

  • Establish new ways of working where to jointly test ideas, explore policy solutions and gather real-time information.
  • Create a specific working group to address health challenges and ensure that the work is supported by excellent academic input from local universities

Lincoln Green Jobs and Skills Project

Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust is one of Leeds largest employers with six hospitals across the city. An anchor institution – well placed to provide employment opportunities to people living in the area.

Leeds City Council has collaborated with the Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust, Learning Partnerships and a local charity to deliver innovative employability information sessions and courses, aimed at connecting residents of Lincoln Green and other communities disadvantaged people of Leeds with job opportunities. The project was a great success:

  • 49 people started the 6-week employability program and 29 people managed to find a job at St James’s Hospital.
  • Lessons learned from the Lincoln Green Project have been taken and used to help the Reducing Inequalities Through Health and Care Careers program, which extends the model to different partners and different careers.
  • Since the pilot project in 2019, a number of people have taken advantage of the development opportunities to move from the initial roles of facilities technician (housekeeper/porter) to clinical roles.
  • Due to the success of the pilot scheme, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has committed to supporting three schemes per year.

Further information:

Structure and priorities

  • The Hub has established a steering group, chaired by the permanent secretary of the DHSC, which will provide strategic direction and oversight. The group includes representatives from across the health and social care sector in Leeds and the West Yorkshire region.
  • In addition, it has set up a working group with representatives from education, health, public health and local government who will oversee the planned activities of the cluster.

About the City of Leeds:

  • Leeds is an important part of the UK’s health and care infrastructure with a thriving voluntary community and social enterprise networks across the region.
  • Leeds is the second seat of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), including the new Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID).
  • The city has a strong national presence with the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England, NHS Digital and other health bodies.
  • Leeds and the wider region have become a key part of the digital health, medical technology and health data sectors.
  • Leeds has a thriving voluntary community and business sector with 1,180 registered charities.

To be involved:

  • If you are a staff member working for one of the partners, a company or an innovator, we want to hear from you and how we can work together to achieve our vision. Please contact [email protected]

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