Chief Executive Nicola Lees
Chief Executive Nicola Lees

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust has today (10 April) published its operational plan for 2017/19 that sets out key service developments across Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven for the next two years.

People across the district have been actively involved in agreeing the Trust’s priorities that include working with local and regional partners to improve services for local people; helping people to stay well at home; supporting the wellbeing and development of staff; and continuing to involve local communities in shaping the organisation’s work.

The plan sets out the Trust’s ambition to be recognised as an ‘outstanding organisation, delivering outstanding care’ across its mental health, learning disability and community healthcare services, building on its current rating of ‘good’, whilst meeting the current financial challenges that are facing all NHS organisations.

For the first time this year, health, care and voluntary organisations across the district and West Yorkshire have come together to plan services, which is reflected in the Trust’s plans.  The joint sustainability and transformation partnership’s plan (STP) aims to support people to live longer and healthier lives, no matter where they live.

 For the Care Trust, planned service developments in 2017/19 include maintaining its zero out-of-area placements for people who need adult mental health hospital care and extending this to young people, so that everyone gets specialist hospital care for mental health conditions, close to home.  The Trust will also ensure that people with learning disabilities are supported in a community setting or at home, rather than in hospital.

A new specialist perinatal mental health community-based service will support women across the district who experience mental health problems during pregnancy or in the first year after their baby’s birth, with plans to further develop the Trust’s eating disorder service, so that children, young people and their families  get support earlier, when they need it, from a specialist community-based team.

Children’s services will continue to work with local authorities to deliver school nursing and health visiting services that support the whole family and, as part of a national pilot and working with Better Start Bradford, develop the Family Nurse Partnership service for first-time young mums.  New services for the Trust’s community nursing teams include working with GPs across the district to better support people that have a number of health conditions, looking after their physical and mental health needs in their own home.

Nicola Lees, Chief Executive of Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The next two years are some of the most challenging that we have seen across the NHS, making sure that we continue to support local people with high quality mental health, learning disability and community services, but within tightening budgets.  Working together with partners across the district and West Yorkshire means that we can share what’s working well and make better use of resources, to improve and develop services, so that local people get the right care, when they need it, that meets their needs.   All of our staff are central to this, so it’s vital that we continue to support their training and professional development, and more importantly their wellbeing, whatever their role.”