Giving Leeds a healthy future

City leaders and health and care experts united to consider how to face challenges to Leeds health and care issues today [Weds 26th November].

In the face of continued financial austerity for public services, demographic changes such as an ageing population and rising birth rate, as well as rising demands for services, Leeds is seeking to pioneer new ways to look after citizens, not least by helping them look after themselves.

New healthcare innovations - including groundbreaking digital platforms - mean that it has never been easier to share information and use that data to plan care better. However, this requires better organisation of services, trust from service users and planning to link the information effectively.

Councillor Lisa Mulherin, chair of Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board, said:

“This ‘State of the City’ health summit brought elected members, experts and service users together to find out what we want, what we need and what is possible. It wasn’t about simplistic solutions, but making sure that we are engaging with people to make sure our planning and vision for the future match up.”

“No one should be in any doubt how challenging it will be to provide the levels of care and support people want and need in the years to come. That is why we have to use all the skills, information and good ideas at our disposal, sharing good practice from the rest of the country and far beyond. We also need everyone in the city to play their part, keeping an eye on their own health and that of friends, neighbours and family.”

The event also heard from Julian Hartley, Chief Executive Officer, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, who highlighted challenges facing hospitals as they face increasing pressures, scrutiny and expectations. He said:

“The healthcare system in Leeds has much to be proud of, but we cannot be complacent and need to use the knowledge of everyone – service users, staff, our NHS colleagues elsewhere to name just a few – to make sure that we are delivering the best services we can now and in the future.”

Sir Alan Langlands, Vice Chancellor of the University of Leeds, and former Chief Executive of NHS England, said:

“Leeds is leading the way in integrating health services in the UK and is also in the fortunate position of having excellent digital health technology leaders in the city, universities committed to health excellence and research. It is great to be part of the increasingly joined-up vision to deliver the best health and wellbeing for the citizens of the city.”

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