West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership scoops national prestigious awards

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West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP) scooped a number of awards at the 40th Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards online celebrations on Wednesday 17 March.


The achievements of 24 winners — and 186 finalists — saw WY&H HCP being recognised by the HSJ for a number of outstanding achievements after a year in which it faced its toughest ever challenges.


Winning System Leadership System Leadership Initiative of the Year for their ambition to increase leadership diversity, Helen Hirst, Chief Officer for Bradford District and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group and CEO Lead for WY&H HCP, System Leadership Programme said: ‘Our relentless focus on increasing the diversity of our leadership to better serve our communities in West Yorkshire and Harrogate has upped a gear during the pandemic, with delivery of a senior leadership fellowship programme and  changes in recruitment policy and practice in all our partner organisations.   We have supported our colleagues who work in health and care across our area with health and wellbeing resources and taken a clear stance with communications campaigns such as Black History Month and Islamophobia Awareness Month. We’re delighted to have received this award on behalf of all our colleagues and communities’.


Sayma Mirza, Senior Head of Collaboration for Bradford District and Craven and member of the WY&H BAME Network said: ‘The system leadership initiative aims to increase the representation of ethnic minorities in senior leadership roles, enabling us to further meet the needs of people living across West Yorkshire and Harrogate. We know when we are able to see things from everyone’s perspective we are better informed and positioned to meet the needs of those we serve. We want our people to dream with ambition and we will work hard to make those dreams a reality – winning the award is a tremendous boost to us all here at WY&H HCP and encourages us to keep pushing those boundaries’.


WY&H HCP was also highly commended in the Workforce Initiative of the Year category for its nationally recognised Working Carers Passport Initiative. 


Richard Parry, Kirklees Council, Strategic Director for Adults and Health and Karen Jackson, CEO for Locala Community Partnership, who are joint chairs of the WY&H HCP programme board for unpaid carers said: ‘The working carers passport is an agreement between the carer and their manager, on behalf of the organisation. The intention is for the carer to be able to manage their role alongside their caring responsibilities by implementing mutually beneficial and flexible working arrangements. We’re delighted that the importance of supporting unpaid carers has been recognised in these awards – and more delighted that carers are getting the care and attention they deserve in the work place’.


Rob Webster, Chief Executive, WY&H HCP CEO Lead and CEO for South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust won Chief Executive of the Year. Angela Monaghan Chair of the Trust said: ‘We are so delighted and proud that Rob has been recognised in this way. Rob’s widely admired leadership is founded on strong values, compassion, inclusion and lifting others. He is deeply committed to improving staff wellbeing, tackling inequality, improving diversity and, particularly, to making sure health and care system working serves the wider needs of local populations. He would never have sought out this recognition, but it is hugely deserved.’


The judges concluded that this combination of humility, support for staff and partners and a focus on population needs was the near perfect combination for a leader in today’s NHS. Rob is also the first mental health trust chief executive to secure the number one spot in HSJ’s Top 50 chief executives list, announced on Thursday 18 March. Other chief executives on the top list include Julian Hartley, CEO for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Dr Owen Williams, CEO for Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.


Huge congratulations to others across the area who were nominated, including Locala Community Partnership finalist for Community Provider of the Year and to winners Leeds Community Healthcare Trust for winning ‘Freedom to Speak up Organisation of the Year for creating a culture of speaking, listening and following up.


Thea Stein CEO for Leeds Community Healthcare Trust said: ‘We are delighted that our hard work to create a culture of speaking up has been recognised in this way. Our aim is to make sure that everyone at Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust has a voice. I am equally pleased that our work to engage and support the wider health and social care system in Leeds has been recognised. Speaking up is an important practice that should be for everyone and free from organisational boundaries’.


Cllr Tim Swift, Chair of West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Board and Leader for Calderdale Council said: ‘I’m delighted that colleagues and communities have been recognised for their outstanding achievements during what has been an incredible difficult year for all. Tackling health inequalities across the Partnership is a priority everyone, and this has been reflected in those nominated and winners of these awards and Rob being awarded CEO of the year. Congratulations to all involved’.


WY&H HCP is made up of the NHS, councils, independent care providers, hospices, Healthwatch and hundreds of carer and community organisations; the Partnership is working together across Bradford District and Craven; Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield.


You can find out more about the Partnership’s work at www.wyhpartnership.co.uk or on twitter @wyhpartnership