The Trust is working with health, care, voluntary and community organisations across the Bradford and Airedale Districts in local alliances, and more widely across West Yorkshire and Harrogate, to strengthen joint working and better meet people’s needs.

All the organisations involved are still accountable to their own Boards and for delivering their own services but have a shared commitment to work more closely together, to improve patient care.

Local collaborations include the Bradford Provider Alliance (BPA) that covers the Bradford District and ‘primary community transformation’ across Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, that are both working with their local communities to better meet people’s needs, at home.

Initially the BPA is focusing on developing better ways of providing out-of-hospital and diabetes care that puts people at the centre of their care plans.  Diabetes is also the current key focus for ‘primary care transformation’ whilst recognising the needs of the different communities across the patch.

More widely, the Trust is working with other health, care, and voluntary and community partners as part of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WYH HCP). The Partnership’s vision is supporting everyone to have the best possible health and wellbeing with plans that have been developed with local people across Bradford District and Craven, Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield.

The WY&H HCP’s plans are being developed and delivered both locally, and more broadly across the region where it makes sense to work together to learn from best practice and improve services.  This includes joint working across mental health NHS providers, including the Care Trust, and focusing on priority areas areas such reducing suicides and ensuring that we care for people close to home, not only in Bradford but across the West Yorkshire region.

The most recent HCP development is setting up more formal arrangements for the mental health providers, setting up ‘Committees in Common’ to support more streamlined decision making across the organisations involved.