World class NHS healthcare for Kirklees
Yesterday, (Wednesday 14 May, NHS Yorkshire and the Humber published the results of their regional review which identifies huge improvements that will be made to the NHS across the Kirklees area.
Healthy Ambitions is the outcome of the NHS Next Stage Review which has involved hundreds of doctors, nurses, midwives and health professionals from across the region in drawing up a blueprint for higher quality NHS services. The report outlines how the regional NHS will face the challenges of the future and our priorities for the next 10 years.
Priorities for action include:
• A better system with fewer journeys for patients, carers and families
• Healthier lifestyles – with a halt in the rise in obesity
• Rising breastfeeding rates – with reduced variation across the region
• Halving the number of children admitted to hospital with asthma
• Mental health services available without waiting
• Half the number of preventable admissions from diabetes
• Highly experienced staff making decisions at the front door of every hospital
• Saving 600 premature deaths every year with better stroke care
• Double the number of people able to choose to die at home rather than hospital
Mike Potts, Chief Executive of Kirklees Primary Care Trust (PCT) said: “Healthy Ambitions sets out a direction for the future of health and healthcare in England that has been developed and owned by patients, doctors, nurses, clinicians and the public together and we will apply this to healthcare in Kirklees. Kirklees PCT is already addressing many of the priorities that have been identified in Healthy Ambitions.”
“Examples include work that Kirklees PCT has done with partner organisations on the Local Area Agreement which has set key targets in a number of areas including the promotion of breastfeeding, reducing obesity and significant progress is also being made on specialist community and mental health services.”
Last year, the PCT hosted a visit from Professor Ara Darzi, and the NHS Chief Executive, David Nicholson, as part of their major review of the NHS. PCT staff and clinicians from Meltham Road Surgery, Huddersfield, took part in a staff engagement session with Prof Darzi and David Nicholson to give them their experiences of working in the NHS and the current issues and challenges they face. The review involved input from patients, doctors, nurses and other health practitioners.
The report and a summary document for Yorkshire and the Humber will be available at www.yorksandhumber.nhs.uk