LEEDS HEALTH & WELLBEING STRATEGY 2016-2021

I have received the information below in relation to the Council’s Health & Wellbeing Strategy for the city which has just been published:

“The strategy has been developed following an extensive period of engagement with services and the public in Leeds.  The Adult Social Services, Public Health and NHS Scrutiny Board were part of this engagement and the Strategy was also seen by Executive Board prior to being signed off by the Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board.  As such, it is jointly owned by health and care partner organisations across the city.  The strategy sets out our ambition to make Leeds the best city for health and wellbeing, with a vision that Leeds will be a healthy and caring city for all people, where those who are the poorest improve their health the fastest.  It outlines five outcomes, twelve priorities and a selection of indicators to guide our work. 

To complement our health and wellbeing strategy, Leeds is also developing a five year Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for health and care.  Sustainability and Transformation Plans are something that NHS England has requested local areas to produce, setting out how they will meet three key challenges: 1. improving everyone’s health and wellbeing  2. changing services so people get better care, of consistently higher quality 3. making the health and care system financially sustainable. 

These plans are particularly important because they will inform funding decisions for local health systems over the coming years, however these are presently very much in the development stage. Leeds is working with partners across West Yorkshire to produce a West Yorkshire STP and it is this regional plan that we will initially be sharing with NHS England, at their request.  At the same time we have taken the decision to produce an STP focused on Leeds so that we are clear about our contribution to the West Yorkshire Plan and the specific challenges and opportunities for us to address as a city.