Health and Wellbeing

WY Community Mental Health Transformation Co-Production Videos Projects

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Through funding from Higher Education Establishments, Forum Central are looking to work in partnership with six organisations from across West Yorkshire to co-produce videos with people with lived experience of complex mental health issues. A partnership has been developed between Forum Central, University of Leeds and the West Yorkshire Integrated Care System (ICS) (formerly West Yorkshire & Harrogate partnership) to work with organisations to co-produce these videos. The content made as a result will be used as part of staff inductions for the Community Mental Health Transformation workforce, as well as being used to raise awareness amongst the wider Health and Care workforce around mental health.There is up to £1500 available to six organisations to get involved in these co-production videos. Organisations can apply for this funding by completing and submitting the attached Expression of Interest (EOI) by 2.00pm, Tuesday 30th May and e-mailed to The attached EOI also provided additional background and information about this project, if you have any questions about completing the EOI please contact

Download the Expression of Interest Form Here

Being Well Together – A health project for Calderdale

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verd de gris arts are asking for your help in putting together a series of short films around the region’s experiences with Annual Health Checks for those who live with or are affected by severe mental illness.

If you have lived in experience of that, they’d love to hear from you!

Download flyer here

If you or someone you know may be interested or if you would like more information please contact:
Jeff on 07926 978651

You may earn some money for sharing your experiences.

Next Time Out Network Meeting June 15th

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The date of our next Time Out Network Meeting will be Wednesday 15th June at Halifax Central Library, from 10.30 – 12.30pm.


We are looking forward to finally being able to hold this as a face-to-face event and there will almost certainly be cake to celebrate our meeting in person (any excuse!)  An agenda will be provided nearer the time but please let us know in advance if there is anything you wish to add to it. Please RSVP by email to or register here if you are planning to attend so that we have an idea of numbers. Time Out will be running and promoting free activities for children and young people, aged 10+, over the Spring Bank half-term. Keep an eye on our website for details coming soon: hope to see you in June.All the best,The Time Out Team

Partnership encourages all to check in with their mates to prevent suicide

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West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (WY HCP) is launching a new campaign on Monday 16 May to create awareness around male suicide across the area and is urging everyone to get involved.

The campaign, which builds on the Partnership’s national award-winning staff suicide prevention campaign ‘Check-In’, aims to promote a wellbeing culture by normalising the conversation around suicide and mental health as well as providing communication assets, links to credible sources such as the life-saving Zero Suicide Alliance training, and signposting to local support.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the risk factors that may lead to suicide, inspiring people to start conversations about mental health with the men in their life at home, in the community and at work. It sets out practical help we can all give when checking-in. Messages include:

  • Is your sporty mate suddenly off his game?
  • Does your mate always want to have one to many?
  • Does your mate get down when he can’t see his kids grow up?
  • Has your mate left service but he’s still fighting?



Developed with local men and built from their experiences, the resources can be used publicly in various places – in person and virtually,  such as What’s App groups, on Facebook and Instagram, in workplaces, community groups and elsewhere at  from Monday 16 May.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) data shows that suicide is more common in West Yorkshire than in England as a whole, with significantly more men taking their own lives than women. The ONS data shows that there were 235 deaths registered by coroners as suicides in West Yorkshire in 2020, with an average of 4.5 people per week.

This priority area of work is one of WY HCP’s ten ambitions set out in their five-year plan.

Jessica Parker, Project Manager for WY HCP Suicide Prevention programme, believes the campaign will play an important role in the conversation surrounding suicide, and could potentially save lives.

Jess said: ‘I’m urging everyone to get involved in this life-saving campaign and would encourage everyone to check in with the men in their lives to ask if they are ok.  WYH HCP Suicide Prevention Strategy has developed strong momentum around making suicide prevention everyone’s business. We all have a part to play in combatting stigma and identifying men in our lives who are going through struggles and ask them if they need help’.

Surinder Rall, Service Lead for West Yorkshire Suicide Bereavement Service, says it is essential that we all know the warning signs of suicide. ‘I lost both my father and my uncle to suicide. So, I speak from experience when I say that we should all work together to combat the stigma and talk more about suicide. To achieve our target of zero suicides in West Yorkshire, we must continue to talk and ask each other about mental health and suicide. That’s what the Check-In campaign is all about’.

Rob Webster CBE, CEO for WY&H HCP said: ‘While people at risk of suicide may try to hide how they are feeling, they often give out warning signs. You might notice changes in their behaviour or be aware of events in their life that could be affecting them. By knowing what to look for, having the skills and confidence to have a conversation and provide support, you can make a huge difference to someone’s life, and their family. I’m urging everyone to get involved so they know the signs and how to respond. You can also start straight away by doing the online training provided at

All partners in West Yorkshire – health, care, voluntary sector and beyond, are encouraged to download the free resource, such as posters, social media messages and films to use in their organisation, place of work, teams or at home among friends, family, and community.  All are available at from Monday the 16 May.

Platinum Jubilee Art Competition deadline June 6th

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To celebrate how art can boost wellbeing, Calderdale Adult Learning are holding an art competition based around the theme of ‘Platinum Jubilee.’

Prizes include art supplies, shopping vouchers and CAL course discounts.

Please email a photograph of your artwork to with your name, postcode and telephone number.

If you are unable to access email please call 01422 392820 to arrange another option.

Entry open to all Calderdale residents.

Competition closes 6th June

Integrated Care Board (Shadow) meeting on Tuesday 17 May 11am

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NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board ‘ Shadow’ Board meets in public, Tuesday 17 May 2022

The NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (ICB) will meet as a ‘shadow’ board in public on Tuesday 17 May 2022, at 11am. The board, which is part of West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (WY HCP),  works together to join up health and care services, to improve the health and wellbeing of 2.4million people living across the area and to reduce health inequalities.

The board won’t be established formally, and all its members confirmed until 1 July 2022. It is meeting in ‘shadow’ to support the preparations for the ICB ready for when it becomes a statutory body from the 1 July.

The ICB, as an organisation, will replace clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and build on the successful work of WY HCP organisations.

The new ICB organisation will be led by Chief Executive-Designate, Rob Webster CBE and governed by the board.  The board has an Independent Chair-Designate Cathy Elliott  – who does not work for a health or care organisation, to ensure decisions are fair and transparent. It will also have four other non-executive independent members.  Together with Healthwatch, these members will ensure a strong independent voice, and that the views of local people are heard.

The board will also include members from WY HCP’s five local places (Bradford District and Craven, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, and Wakefield District) and will include ICB Director-Designates for Finance, Nursing, People, a ICB Medical Director-Designate and Designate-Director of Strategy and Partnerships. Other members of the board will include representation from:

  • NHS acute hospitals, mental health and community health service providers
  • Directors of public health
  • Local councils
  • Primary medical services  providers
  • Voluntary, community and social enterprises.

Although the board will agree a plan for health and care services in West Yorkshire, most of the decisions about spending and services will be made locally in the five local places. A key part of the board’s work involves sharing expertise and working closely with local councils, hospitals, care providers and voluntary community and social enterprise organisations – ensuring services deliver the best care possible to meet people’s needs.

The meeting on the 17 May 2022 will discuss the 2022/23 NHS Operational Plan and will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams.

All shadow board and future meetings will be held in public, filmed live, and will offer people and communities an opportunity to ask questions about agenda items.

People are asked to email their questions to before 11am on Monday 16 May 2022. They can also call 01924 317659 to submit questions. They will then receive a Microsoft Teams link so they can join the meeting for their question-and-answer item.

All questions submitted will be published on the integrated care board webpage.

The agenda and meeting papers can be accessed from Tuesday teatime, 10 May 2022 at  The meeting can also be watched live via the same link.

First Companionship Cafe in Morrisons Elland May 10th

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We attended the first ever meeting of the Compassion Cafe run by Home Instead at the Elland Morrisons cafe.

It was a good turnout, enjoying several interesting conversations, amusing quick games, a short but demanding trivia quiz, all in a cozy atmosphere with plenty of tea and coffee and of course biscuits!

If this sounds like something you would like to take part in, keep an eye out for the next Companionship cafe scheduled for early June, exact date to be confirmed.


Our Café is open to older people – whether on their own or with a family member, friend or companion but not exclusive. It is ideal for any older person who is looking for more opportunities to get out, enjoy some conversation and meet new people.

These cafes will be run on a monthly basis. Next cafe will be in June, stay tuned for the exact date.

We look forward to seeing you in our next meeting!

Also if you know which musical the song “Love Changes Everything” is from…


Partnership appoints non-executive independent members for new way of working

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West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (WY HCP), an integrated care system, has confirmed the appointments of non-executive independent members and local place committee chairs for the NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (ICB).

Cathy Elliott Chair-Designate for the NHS West Yorkshire ICB

Following the passing of the Government’s Health and Care Bill on the 28 April, 42 integrated care boards across England will become statutory organisations on 1 July 2022, also replacing clinical commissioning groups. The appointments are part of bringing together a new board for a new statutory body for WY HCP. It will build on the successful work of the Partnership established in 2016 –  developing a shared vision for health and care services across the area and, most importantly, joining up services further for local people.

Appointments followed an open and transparent recruitment process which started in December 2021 with representatives from WY HCP and experts in equality, diversity, and inclusion. The successful three candidates for the Independent Non-executive Members for NHS West Yorkshire ICB are:

Jane Madeley: Independent Non-executive Member – Audit, Finance, and Innovation

Jane comes with a wealth of experience and knowledge for this role. Her current role is Chief Financial Officer at The University of Leeds. She has recently completed two terms as a member of the UK Research and Innovation Audit Committee and was recently appointed Chair of the Confederation of British Industry Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Council.

 Becky Malby: Independent Non-executive Member – Citizens and Future Generations

Becky has worked in every part of the NHS and has over 30 years’ experience of setting strategy and leading change with health and local government colleagues, citizens, community and voluntary sectors and academics, primarily from a base in universities, especially working with young people. Becky has an impressive background in volunteering with local organisations and leading on work committed to social justice and community building.

Bill McCarthy: Independent Non-executive Member – Quality and Workforce

Bill retired in July 2021 as NHS Regional Director in the North West following a long career which included spells as Chief Executive at the Yorkshire and the Humber Strategic Health Authority and City of York Council, Director General in the Department of Health responsible for Health and Care Policy and Strategy, and Deputy Vice Chancellor and Hon Professor of Health Policy at the University of Bradford.

Alongside the independent non-executive members, WY HCP are supporting Haris Sultan, in a development role through the NHS national NExT director programme, with a placement focusing on young people and future generations. Haris’ work in health and social care started within West Yorkshire as Co-Founder of the Youth Board at Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust. Nationally Haris is Founder and Chair of the National Network of Youth Forums.

The process for the fourth non-executive integrated care board will complete in the coming weeks.

Central to the way WY HCP operates is the work of the local place partnerships covering Bradford District and Craven, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, and Wakefield District, with most decisions made locally, in support of local Health and Wellbeing Board priorities and multi-agency partnerships working in communities.

Each place will have a local integrated care committee which will agree an annual plan to deliver the health and wellbeing strategy across their area. The committees, made up of local health and care leaders, include independent people who do not work for health and care organisations. The committees will align priorities to the NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board and the existing West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership Board.

Recent local appointments include:

  • Calderdale Cares Partnership Place-based Committee Independent Chair – John Mallalieu
  • Kirklees Health and Care Partnership Place-based Committee Independent Chair – Dr Liz Mear
  • Wakefield District Health and Care Partnership Place-based Committee Independent Chair – Dr Ann Carroll.

 Recruitment to Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership and Leeds Health and Care Partnership Place-based Committee Independent Chairs continues, with appointments expected soon.

Cathy Elliott, Chair-Designate for the NHS West Yorkshire ICB said: ‘I am delighted to confirm the appointment of Jane, Becky and Bill as independent non-executive members (designates) to the NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (ICB) and John, Liz and Ann as local place-based committee chairs, alongside Haris. These important appointments will further support our approach of putting communities at the centre of all thinking.  I’m looking forward to working closely with them all in their new role for the benefit of everyone living across West Yorkshire’.

Having an integrated care board and strong local people focused committees is WY HCP’s next step in making joined up care a reality for the people and communities it serves and colleagues.

The NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board CEO-Designate is Rob Webster CBE.

For more information about West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership visit

CCG Calderdale COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Update – May 2022

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Calderdale Clinical Commissioning group would like to encourage everyone eligible for a Covid vaccination to take the opportunity to protect themselves and others from coronavirus.


Latest data for Calderdale, up to 5th May 2022:

  • 427, 937 Vaccinations administered to date to Calderdale residents of which 117, 815 first Boosters/ 3rd doses
  • As of 5th May over 10, 000 spring boosters have been administered (the programme started on the 21 March), which is 50% of the eligible cohort.
  • Between 500 – 1,000 people come forward for their first or second dose every week in Calderdale. It’s never too late to get a COVID-19 vaccination. If you haven’t had a first or second vaccination, or a booster, book an appointment or visit a walk-in clinic. It’s the best way to protect yourself, your family, and friends against COVID-19. Book on the following website or call 119.
  • People aged 75 and over, and people aged 12 and over who are immunosuppressed are eligible for a Spring booster vaccine. The NHS will contact eligible people to book their jab. If you’re not sure whether you’re eligible have a look at the NHS website or call 119.
  • Children aged 5 to 11 are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Appointments are available to book on the NHS website or by calling 119. Read more: NHS COVID-19 vaccinations start for all 5 – 11 year olds – NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) (

Programme highlights

  • The Spring Campaign started on the 21 March to offer an additional Booster dose, to those most at risk. Calderdale are approximately halfway through completion of the campaign.
  • 30 out of 32 older people care homes have been visited to offer Spring Boosters.
  • Calderdale continue to offer appointments and walk-in availability to everyone eligible for their booster and anyone who wishes to get their first or second dose.
  • We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to those of you who have helped us to deliver over 2,000 conversations on our behalf, we couldn’t have delivered this engagement without you, which has helped to shape the programme. You can read the full report by clicking on the link below

Looking ahead

  • The JCVI and the local vaccination programme recognises the uncertainty around any future waves or variants of COVID-19. In Calderdale we are preparing for the Autumn campaign and possible surge vaccination against this uncertainty.
  • Remaining older people in care homes will receive their visit by 25th May 2022. Practices and Community Pharmacies visiting housebound patients over 75 years to administer Spring Boosters.
  • Further action being taken to improve uptake of people who are immunosuppressed.

Key contact and useful links