Our priorities

Our priorities for health and wellbeing are based on what we know makes the biggest difference to improving people’s health.

Wakefield’s priorities include:

  • Ensuring a healthy standard of living for all – developing our approach to early intervention, community regeneration, skills, tackling poverty and the links between health and housing
  • Giving every child the best start in life – developing arrangements with the children and young people’s partnership to strengthen health and wellbeing services and early intervention for children. This involves working with partners on programmes of work around the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, particularly focussing on school readiness, childhood obesity and family poverty
  • Strengthening the role and impact of preventing ill-health including supporting people to self-care, where safe to do so
  • Creating and developing sustainable places and communities – in areas of high population growth, revitalising neighbourhoods and working with businesses.

Wakefield District Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2022-2025

The Wakefield District Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2022-2025 aims to help people across the district to live longer, healthier, happier lives.

The plan describes how organisations will work together with local communities to improve the health of the population overall, as well as closing the gap between the health of people in the most well-off areas of the district and people who live in poorer areas.

In order to reach these long-term ambitions for Wakefield, the new strategy identifies four key overarching priority areas:

  • A healthy standard of living for all
  • A healthy start in life for every child
  • Preventing ill-health
  • Sustainable communities

The priorities are based on what local people have told us is important to them about what helps them stay well, as well as the detailed information about the district’s population from the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA).

Under the plan, local people will have more choice, control and support to live independently with less reliance on services. Where people do need support from services, health and care will be more joined up and organised around the needs and preferences of the individual, their carers and family.

Areas of focus for the next three years include supporting schemes that provide good quality, warm and affordable housing and address fuel poverty; helping more women to stop smoking when they are pregnant and improving access to mental health support for new mothers; enhanced support to the thousands of informal carers in the district, including children and young people, to enable them to continue the vital role they play in looking after family members and friends with disabilities or health conditions; and the creation of safer, more attractive and healthier places to live and improve green space in our city and town centres.

The Health and Wellbeing Board will now oversee the development of detailed plans to take forward the priorities over the next three years.

Wakefield District Health and Care Partnership Plan for 2022-23

Our plan comes following the new legislation for the NHS which was implemented in July 2022.

To achieve our aims, we have outlined the programmes that our partnership will take forward during this year. The purpose of this plan is to set out our vision for this year, and the priority programmes of work that we have chosen to address collectively.

Looking further forward, we plan to spend time this year co-producing a more detailed longer-term transformation plan which will take us from 2023 to 2028.

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