In order to ensure that the third sector is fully engaged and represented in the developing Local Care Partnerships (LCP) across Leeds, Forum Central has created a new voluntary and community sector focussed role.

Local Care Partnership is the term adopted in Leeds to describe the model of joined up team working to improve health and care delivery to local people, a requirement set out in the NHS Plan. Local Care Partnerships across 19 different Leeds neighbourhoods link closely to the new Primary Care Networks funded by NHS England, bringing valuable partnership input from the Third Sector, Housing and elected councillors alongside Primary Care, other NHS health care services and children and adult social care.

Pip Goff appointed to this role in May, is based at Merrion House in a team providing support and resources to help Local Care Partnerships develop as well and as quickly as possible so they can best meet the need in their communities.

She will support and develop third sector representation on LCPs and advocacy on behalf of the sector and communities to ensure that information, investment and resources flow fairly.

Pip’s role so far in the world of Primary Care has included:

At neighbourhood (Local Care Partnership and Primary Care Networks) level

  • Getting the word out, encouraging organisations to get involved and bridging language and terminology
  • Supporting people from a range of Forum Central organisations to attend Local Care Partnership meetings
  • Bringing Third Sector/holistic model perspective to lots of different conversations and meetings
  • Linking in existing activity & expertise for example around employment in Harehills and Armley
  • Ensuring third sector perspectives are included in Leeds Population Health Management work
  • Supporting The Big Leeds Chat and Better Conversations training.

At Place (Leeds) level

  • Supporting citywide work on Social Prescribing join up
  • Linking with the other five areas (Calderdale, Kirklees, Wakefield, Bradford, and Harrogate) around Harnessing Power of Communities; Personalised Care and Population health
  • Profiling the sector with GPs, Target, Patient Public Groups and other events
  • Working with Lucy Graham, Racheal Loftus and Rob Goodyear to convene the longer term Harnessing the Power of Communities conversation about integration and funding to ensure sustainability and deliver the Harnessing Power of Communities programme in order to improve sustainability and integration of the third Sector across the Health and Care system, see below
Harnessing the Power of Communities

Forum Central is leading the Harnessing the Power of Communities Programme, supported by the West Yorkshire & Harrogate (WY&H) Integrated Care Partnership with transformation funding and commitment from Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). This programme aims to ensure the contribution of the third sector is valued and supported across all areas of activity through both inclusion and investment.

Building on the strong position of the Third Sector in Leeds and the success and learning from last year’s Harnessing the Power of Communities Programme, Forum Central is seeking to be bold, strategic and long term in our ambition for Forum Central members.

Based on a Theory of Change developed at WY&H level which gives clear direction we have held a series of conversations with Third Sector and other system leaders to develop priorities for change based on the five identified outcomes. Ideas will also be drawn from the Leeds Community Healthcare Third Sector Strategy Consultation Event held in August and input from and Young Lives Leeds.

The initial steps of the programme are yet to be determined but is likely to be directed at: Increasing the capacity of smaller organisations to evaluate and deliver health and wellbeing outcomes; changing system culture so that all parts of the system champion and profile the work of the sector by being able to describe its breadth, reach and achievements and developing a more diverse and empowered third sector leadership and representation structure.

There will also be recommendations that will need to be picked up by leaders across the wider system if we are really shifting to an integral, sustainable Third Sector, for example commissioners and lead providers committing to invest in proven health outcomes as part of the Left Shift – Forum Central will be bringing a clear set of actions and recommendations to the November PEG

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For more information contact Pip Goff, Third Sector and Community Local Care Partnerships (LCP) Development Manager

[email protected] | (0113) 242 1321