Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust (BDCFT) has published its Annual Plan for 2016/17 and is set within the context of the organisation’s vision ‘to work with diverse communities to provide outstanding care’ for people in need of mental health, learning disabilities and community health care services.

The Plan recognises the difficult challenges for the NHS of providing high quality services within existing financial constraints.

Over the coming year, the Trust will continue to work in partnership with the public, service users and carers to help shape services and improve experience and quality outcomes.  Finding new ways of delivering services and new models of care is also a priority for this year.

Eight quality goals that cover both physical and mental health services underpin the Trust’s strategic objectives. The goals have been developed with input from staff, Governors, people who use the services and partners, to ensure they deliver meaningful improvements within the Trust.

As a Foundation Trust, the organisation is directly accountable to local communities and is now inviting people across Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven to find out more about its planned service developments and challenges.

Chief Executive of Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, Simon Large said: “This year will be a challenging one for the NHS and we can only achieve our objectives by working in partnership with staff, patients and carers, to ensure services are developed to reflect their needs. We will continue to find new ways of delivering services that bring GPs, community providers, hospitals and social care much closer together, making best use of limited resources and staff across these areas, to deliver more joined-up services for the public. Working together we can make real service improvements and provide the best possible care for people across the district.”

Nicholas Smith, Public Governor and former service user at BDCFT said: “The Trust has actively encouraged people to get involved in developing the Annual Plan, to help shape services and improvements, so that everyone will get the best possible care they can.  It is possible to get involved with the Trust in a variety of ways, from becoming a Trust Member to becoming a Governor – or having your voice heard at a number of public events organised by the Trust.  As a Governor and service user, I have seen first-hand how the Trust has made a difference to patients and carers, which is reflected in the high quality care patients and carers receive.”