Leeds operational winter group established in response to health and care system pressures
This is the first message from the newly established Operational Winter Group to all staff working in the health and care system in Leeds, including voluntary and community groups, as well as NHS and Leeds City Council colleagues.
The Operational Winter Group was set up earlier this month in an effort for us all to work collectively to prepare for and manage winter.
The group, made up of representatives from across health and care partners in the city, meets weekly on a Thursday morning to reflect on current pressures and proactively seek solutions for of anticipated system issues.
The group wants to ensure that everyone who supports the health and care system in Leeds understands what is being done to prepare for winter this year.
Feedback from staff across all our respective organisations shows that you want to find out more about the wider system pressures and what is being done to support you and your teams.
The group is committed to providing a weekly update from its meetings highlighting actions being undertaken and where you might be able to help them.
Their approach is very much based on the following three key areas:
- Maintaining people’s health and wellbeing at home
- Care and support when people experience a crisis
- Supporting people when they leave hospital
These three key areas are taken from the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) beyond barriers report looking at how services are working together to support and care for people aged 65 and over.
Although the report looks at care for people aged 65 and over, they feel the three areas above neatly cover the remit of the group.
Details about the operational winter group and its membership will be made available online.
Should you have any queries please email Debra Taylor Tate, Head of Unplanned Care at NHS Leeds CCG: firstname.lastname@example.org
Members of the operational winter group want to acknowledge the hard work that people put in last winter, often going over and beyond and we appreciate your ongoing support this year.