West Yorkshire and Harrogate Joint Committee of Clinical Commissioning Groups

What is the Joint Committee?

The Joint Committee is part of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (also known as the STP). The Committee brings together the 9 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in West Yorkshire and Harrogate. The Committee met for the first time in public in July 2017 and now meets every other month.

CCGs buy health services for local people in their areas.

Working together is not new for the CCGs. Since their creation in 2012, they have come together to work on important issues. Now, the individual CCGs have delegated powers to the Committee to make collective decisions on specific services, including cancer, mental health, urgent care and stroke.

The Committee will make sure decisions made at a West Yorkshire and Harrogate level are made with the right clinical input and the right authority from local CCGs.

The Committee has a shared health work-plan that aims to further improve the health and wellbeing of the 2.6 million people living across West Yorkshire and Harrogate, regardless of age. The Committee has a Memorandum of Understanding which was agreed by all CCGs, and which includes the Committee's Terms of Reference.

The Committee has also produced a 2017/18 Annual report.

Working together across West Yorkshire and Harrogate - our partners

Our partnership is built from six local area place-based plans (Bradford District and Craven, Calderdale, Harrogate and Rural District, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield) which all focus on the health and social care needs of local people and nine area wide priorities. These priorities include prevention of disease and illness, primary care, cancer, stroke, urgent care and hospitals working together.

The majority of the work happens in each of our six places which build on existing partnerships i.e. Health and Wellbeing Boards, and Health and Wellbeing Strategies.

Where we do work together at West Yorkshire and Harrogate level it is for one of three reasons:

  • We need to look at how we best provide services across a wider footprint than place
  • There is benefit in doing the work once and sharing
  • We have a collective difficult issue and working together would help solve it.

The six local plans and the West Yorkshire and Harrogate priorities together form the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP).

The STP is made up of over 25 organisations, which include the 9 CCGs, hospitals, mental health trusts, local care providers, local councils, and Healthwatch.

By working together, we aim to improve people’s health and wellbeing, through better coordination of services, avoiding duplication and unnecessary costs. We also want local communities to be involved in the work that we do.

The work of the CCGs involves sharing expertise and working closely with local councils, hospitals, care providers and voluntary and community organisations - ensuring that services are fit for the future in a challenging financial environment.

Information about our partners can be found here.

Our Joint Committee Members

Lay members

The Committee wants to make sure that public and patient voices are at the centre of open and transparent decisions. To enable this, the Committee has an Independent Lay Chair, Marie Burnham who is completely independent of any CCG. It also includes two representatives who are existing Lay Members of the CCGs, Fatima- Khan Shah and Richard Wilkinson. Together they bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge from health and social care, the charitable sectors, public and patient involvement.

Lay members (left to right): Fatima Shah-Khan (lay member), Marie Burnham (Independent Lay Chair), Richard Wilkinson (lay member)

(Left to right:)

Fatima Khan-Shah, Lay Member, North Kirklees CCG

Marie Burnham, Lay Member, Independent Chair

Richard Wilkinson, Lay Member, Bradford Districts CCG

Also in attendance:

NHS England
Ian Holmes, Director, West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership
Anthony Kealy, Locality Director – NHS England North (Yorkshire & the Humber)

Stephen Gregg, Joint Committee Governance Lead

Register of interests

The register of interests of members of the Joint Committee can be found here.

Our top priorities

The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Sustainability and Transformation Plan (WY&H), published in November 2016, is one of 44 in England. The Plan focuses on narrowing gaps in health and wellbeing, care and quality and finance and efficiency. The Joint Committee will initially focus on cancer, mental health, urgent care and stroke, and on improving efficiency across the West Yorkshire and Harrogate health system. Some of the outcomes that we want to achieve include:

  • Increasing cancer survival rates
  • Reducing the number of people who have a stroke
  • Reducing the number of people with mental health problems that are cared for a long way from home
  • Improving access to urgent care

Information about our priorities can be found here.