Connecting Care Partnership

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Organisations in the Wakefield District that play a part in people’s health and wellbeing have agreed to work together to change the way we support people to improve their quality of life. We call this ‘integrated care’.

The following partners and their services are involved in the ‘Connecting Care’ programme across Wakefield District:

NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Wakefield CCG covers 40 GP practices across the Wakefield District and is responsible for commissioning (planning, buying and monitoring) the right NHS services to meet the needs of its local population.

GP practices are combined to make seven networks across the district and work together to support each other in achieving better health outcomes for their patients. Considerable work on clinical engagement has been undertaken to ensure that GPs and wider practice staff have a good understanding and are committed to the development of ‘Connecting’ Care’ across the District.

Wakefield Council

Wakefield Council operates Social Care Direct; the adult social care service in Wakefield. This is supported by social workers who work proactively alongside hospital colleagues to assist in facilitating safe and timely discharges from hospital.

There is also the personal care team who provide short-term, intensive home-based support to individuals following a fall or hospital admission. Ongoing review and monitoring continues through an individual’s social worker.

Wakefield Council also provides a range of appropriate telecare equipment and peripheral sensors that supports independent living and prevents hospital admissions.

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust operate three acute hospitals, serving a population of approximately 550,000 people together with the community services in Wakefield.

The Trust provides the full range of acute and elective services. Services are provided across the three sites with specialist plastic surgery, burns and spinal injuries services at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield.

A number of acute services currently provided on two or three sites which must be centralised to improve safety and remain viable.

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Nhs Trust Community Services

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust provides community services to the population of Wakefield District. The services are provided in various locations across various specialities and spans adult and children’s services.

In terms of services that support care closer to home, the Trust’s nursing and therapy services help to facilitate discharge, prevent admission and maintain people in their own homes. The team also deliver short-term intermediate care which provides a crisis response in the community and support to A&E to avoid admissions along with intensive support to manage complex needs at home rather than in hospital.

In addition to this, district nursing services provide support to maintain the health of housebound citizens under the care of the GP. The services are provided 7 days with reduced capacity out of hours to respond to crisis.


Spectrum Community Health CIC (Community Interest Company) is a Wakefield-born and based social enterprise that delivers a range of community healthcare services. It delivers enhanced primary care services to the Wakefield District including: health and wellbeing, improving outcomes for substance misusers (drugs and alcohol), low-intensity mental health, alcohol hospital liaison, healthcare for prisoners and detainees and contraception and sexual health care.

South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust

SWYPFT provides integrated health and social care mental health services in Barnsley, Wakefield, Calderdale and Kirklees. The following range of services is provided in Wakefield:

Mental Health services incorporating; wellbeing pathway, recovery pathway, memory pathway, acute services, child and adolescent mental health services

  • Learning disability services
  • Health and wellbeing services
  • Adult attention deficit disorder service
  • Medium secure forensic services for people with a mental health problem and/or learning disability

Nova Wakefield District

Nova is the new voluntary and community sector support agency for Wakefield District, formed in October 2013 by the merger of Wakefield District Wellbeing Consortium and Voluntary Action Wakefield District.

Nova offers four areas of support to its members (third sector organisations):

Nova Assist provides structured organisational development

  • Nova Volunteering provides practical support to volunteer-involving organisations (information and guidance on appropriate policies and procedures)
  • Nova Assembly is the ‘voice of the local voluntary sector, enabling identification on a variety of issues and opportunities for the sector (and its beneficiaries) and ensuring these are shared with policy and decision makers
  • Nova Contracts acts as a special purpose vehicle and an accountable body for contracts and grants which are delivered by Nova members

Nova’s role within the partnership is to ensure that current (and potential) third sector providers are kept appraised of the Transforming Community Services programme; provide a channel for collective responses from its members to influence the delivery model; and to provide a potential delivery vehicle for smaller, local third sector providers via a consortium approach.

Wakefield & District Housing

Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) aims to cater for all people within the Wakefield community and ensure that their wellbeing and health is maintained or improved so that they can live life with confidence and independence.

WDH has an Independent Living strategy that has a clear focus on providing comfortable, affordable homes with the aim of helping people to live independently and included in their local communities.

An overview of services they provide to achieve these aims are:

  • A £35 million independent living programme to modernise accommodation to increase housing options for older and vulnerable people.
  • Delivery of a range of housing and support services including a community support worker home visiting service.
  • Provision of Care Link (telecare) services 24 hours a day, every day of the week, with an emergency response service.
  • Adaptations to reduce accidents in the home, fast assessment and installation.
  • Support people to move to more appropriate accommodation through our Special Needs rehousing process and OT advice.
  • A team of Health Inequality Case Workers (HICW) who work with clients to better understand how they can manage their own health and wellbeing by making and maintaining positive changes to their lifestyle. They encourage clients to adopt a healthy lifestyle, improve their quality of life and support them to develop their skills to avoid future dependency on others.

Age UK Wakefield District

Age UK Wakefield District is a local independent charity working with and for older people across Wakefield District.

They provide a range of information and advice services to older people, their carers and professionals on a wide range of issues including pensions, benefits, housing, bereavement support, practical and emotional support following a stay in hospital as well as social activities and befriending.

Carers Wakefield & District

Carers Wakefield & District provide free confidential information and emotional support for unpaid carers who live in the Wakefield District.

Activities provided by Carers Wakefield & District include training for unpaid carers, support with benefits and information about breaks for carers.