Posted on: 15 November 2023
West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership’s (WY HCP) Improving Population Health Fellowship is back for a third year and is now recruiting for the class of 2024.
The first two years of the Fellowship has seen over 80 Fellows carrying out projects to help narrow the health inequalities gap, tackle climate change, prevent suicide and help create trauma informed organisations.
WY HCP has expanded the Fellowship and is looking for 75 Fellows across five different areas of the Improving Population Health Programme:
- Health equity: 30 fellows
- Adversity, trauma and resilience: 30 fellows
- Suicide prevention: five fellows
- Climate change: five fellows
- Antimicrobial resistance (new for 2024): five fellows
Following the continued success of the Fellowship, Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (HNY HCP) will be launching a similar programme.
Dr Sohail Abbas, Deputy Medical Director, NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board; WY HCP Chair - Health Inequalities Network, said: “We are thrilled that Humber and North Yorkshire will be joining us to launch year three of our fellowship creating even more opportunities to make a real difference across more areas of the country. If you have ideas around tackling health inequalities, addressing barriers that people affected by trauma can experience, protecting our environment, helping to prevent suicide or reducing inappropriate antibiotic prescribing we want to hear from you.”
Being a Fellow involves working on a project relevant to your Fellowship theme and delivering it in your workplace, or by joining system-wide initiatives. They dedicate a day each week to carry out the fellowship training (mainly delivered virtually) and the project work.
The Fellowship will run from 1 April 2024 to 31 March 2025. We welcome applications from all health and care sectors, including community and voluntary colleagues across West Yorkshire.
Robin Tuddenham, Place Lead for Calderdale for West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board; CEO, Calderdale Council and Joint Senior Responsible Owner, WY HCP’s Improving Population Health Programme said: “We are delighted to be expanding the Fellowship, welcoming even more Fellows with new ideas to drive change and meet our ambitions around healthy and sustainable communities. I was really inspired to see some of the fantastic projects currently being delivered to build fairer access to health and care for all. These cover everything from trauma sensitive classrooms, reducing barriers for people with a disability, suicide prevention in universities to perinatal mental health, sustainability in asthma care and improving access to flash glucose monitoring. This programme is having impact, harnessing talent and reducing inequalities in West Yorkshire.”
Applications are now open and close on Friday, 15 December. To apply, you need to complete a statement of interest form available on our Improving Population Health Fellowship webpages. The Fellowship is open to all primary, secondary, community and voluntary sector colleagues across West Yorkshire, irrespective of current job role, grade or profession.
Cathy Chadwick-Rayner, Networks and Outreach Coordinator, Breaking Down Barriers, former Health Equity Fellow said: “The fellowship has been a great opportunity to learn about public health and the various teams who are working to help people live longer, healthier, happier lives. The connection with other Fellows was also fantastic as it revealed just how many different kinds of roles are involved with improving health equity. It was also lovely to meet new people, who inspired and supported me along the way.”
Come along to an event on 22 November from 1 till 2 or 30 November 11 till 12 to find out more. Contact Valerie Mzizi valerie.