South Leeds Independence Centre opens its doors

A pioneering new Leeds service designed to avoid unnecessary admission to hospital or residential care and to support people to leave hospital sooner opened its doors to patients this week.

The South Leeds Independence Centre is the city’s first intermediate care unit, providing 40 community intermediate care beds. The centre, which was formerly a council-run residential care home, has been extensively refurbished and will provide person-centred care, focused on rehabilitation and promoting independence.

The team at the centre is made up of health and social care professionals including nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and care assistants, with access to dieticians, joint care managers and medical practitioners for specialist input. Through joint health and social care commissioning and by staff working together more closely in a community setting, it is hoped fewer people will need to go to hospital or residential care and those who do will receive support and care so they can live more independently for longer in their own home or local community.

The unit is jointly commissioned by Leeds City Council and NHS Leeds South and East CCG, with Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust as the lead provider.

The new integrated team has been on site since mid-March undertaking training and getting the new facility ready to receive patients. As a team they have developed a set of patient care standards, which they have all signed up to and will be a key part of how they deliver the new service.

Talking about the new SLIC today, Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive board member responsible adult social care in Leeds said:

“I am delighted that the South Leeds Independence Centre has opened its doors to patients this week.

“The SLIC is a really big step forward in achieving our aim to provide services that are responsive and proactive in preventing older people from needing more intense care and support services following an illness or stay in hospital.

“Leeds City Council is committed to creating better lives for older people in the city, and will continue to work in partnership with our partners in health to deliver improved outcomes for people in our care.”

Rob Webster, chief executive at Leeds Community Healthcare Trust said:

“We know that it is really important for people to get the right care in the right place from a team that is well trained to look after them and get them back on their feet. Having this resource is fantastic for the city and the people of Leeds. It enables us to provide excellent care and show how partnerships can make a difference.”


Notes to editors

Harry Booth House was earmarked for re-commissioning during the first phase of the council’s reshaping of older people’s residential services in 2011.

The South Leeds Independence Centre (SLIC) is a 40 bed facility in Beeston, south Leeds.

The aim of the centre and this new model of working will be to provide more intensive rehabilitation and reablement care in a community setting to prevent the condition of patients deteriorating and needing to go into hospital. The centre will also be a bridge between hospital and getting patients into their own homes sooner, with all the support they may need.

The centre will include a multidisciplinary team of staff from LCH, including nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, doctors with non-registered staff coming from Leeds City Council to form an integrated health and social care team.

Press office contacts:

Leeds City Council: Claire Macklam, telephone 0113 395 1578, email: claire.macklam@leeds.gov.uk

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust: Gillian Neild, telephone 0113 220 8524 / 07950 128221, email: gillian.neild@nhs.net