The purpose of the involvement framework is to describe, at a West Yorkshire and Harrogate level, our approach to involvement. The framework builds on the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Communications and Involvement plan and has been developed with the engagement leads across West Yorkshire and Harrogate and local Healthwatch colleagues (Bradford and district, Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield)
We are committed to meaningful conversations with people (including colleagues), on the right issues at the right time. Working alongside community organisations and communities, the Partnership brings together health and social care organisations, including the voluntary community social enterprise sector and other care providers across the area to give people the best start in life with support to stay healthy and live longer.
Engaging and communicating with partners, stakeholders and the public in the planning, design and delivery is essential if we are to get this right. We are committed to transparent and meaningful involvement in our work. We want people to help us design, develop and improve services by sharing their views and experiences, the people we listen to and involve need to reflect the communities we serve. We know that many people are often not heard in our system and to ensure our services/commissioning meet the needs of all people we work creatively and accessibly to reach those whose voices/views/opinions are too often ignored or not sought.
We believe that this approach informs the ambitions of our Partnership - to work in an open and transparent way with our communities, patients, public, carers, staff, stakeholders, and our partners. We will do this by building on existing mature relationships and our strong track-record of collaboration.
This framework sets out the Partnership’s approach, how we work and our mechanisms to ensure involvement provides assurance that we are putting the people of West Yorkshire and Harrogate at the heart of everything we do. This framework will be implemented in line with the Partnership’s Communications and Involvement Plan. The overarching responsibility for approval and monitoring of this framework is the Partnership Board as advised by the Partnership System Leaders Executive Group. It should be noted that as a result of the White Paper - 'Integrating care: Next steps to building strong and effective integrated care systems across England', new legislation is expected in April 2022 that may therefore necessitate updating this framework again. However, guidance has been taken into account in the hope that this is in line with future national plans.