People in Kirklees are as well as possible for as long as possible

No matter where they live, we want people in Kirklees to be able to live their lives confidently, in better health and for longer. Preventing problems and supporting people early will help people choose healthy lifestyles and increase physical and mental health and wellbeing.

What we're aiming to achieve

  • People have access to opportunities to improve their health and wellbeing.
  • A joined-up health and care system in Kirklees.
  • Support, help and advice for people in the communities where they live.
  • Protection of the public's health through education, support and interventions.

Priorities for action

1. Leverage the opportunities that come from working as a whole council and wider system

Action

Leverage the opportunities that come from working as a whole council and wider system rather than just those that come from being individual services.

Deliverable(s)

  • Build on existing joint working between the council, CCG and providers (with and through the new Kirklees Care Association) to support the sector to maintain and improve quality and adapt to a new longer term future.
    Timescale: Ongoing. Care Association established by November 2021.
  • Play a key role in Kirklees' placed-based partnership: a collaborative arrangement between the organisations responsible for arranging and delivering health and care services in Kirklees, supporting a system of mutual accountability for the improvement of Kirklees outcomes.
    Timescale: Meet requirements of Integrated Care Partnerships by April 2022.

Portfolio holder

Councillor Musarrat Khan


2. Advocate for citizens and communities

Action

Advocate for citizens and communities as part of the development of new integrated health and care arrangements in Kirklees, particularly to reduce health inequalities.

Deliverable(s)

  • Embed co-production principles for service review and redesign. Co-produce the new Direct Payments Policy with citizens (people who use services and family carers) through embedding principles of power sharing and collaboration, choice and control.
    Timescale: Policy implemented by Summer 2022.

Portfolio holder

Councillor Musarrat Khan


3. Create a sustainable care market

Action

Create a sustainable care market including alternatives to residential care through the development of extra care housing etc and staff working conditions that more closely reflect the value of their role.

Deliverable(s)

  • Develop a broader range of accommodation and support offers including micro-enterprises, new supported living arrangements and extra care housing.
    Timescale: Four new micro enterprises for care established by July 2022.
  • Build 50 affordable 'Extra Care' homes at Ashbrow, Huddersfield, with a further 50 at Cleckheaton.
    Timescale: Complete Ashbrow: Spring 2023. Start construction in Cleckheaton: Spring 2022.

Portfolio holder

Councillor Musarrat Khan


4. Promote access and usage of urban greenspaces

Action

Promote access to urban greenspace to increase physical activity and mental wellbeing through both high quality environments and the promotion of their use, particularly by those currently less likely to do so.

Deliverable(s)

  • Map existing and planned green space and improve access to those places as part of the Dewsbury and Huddersfield blueprints and masterplans, working across directorates and with local communities.
    Timescale: Ongoing with full implementation by Summer 2022.
  • Use mechanisms such as the Place Standard tool and the Current Living in Kirklees survey to gain a better understanding of why particular communities do and don't access green space.
    Timescale: Summer 2022.

Portfolio holder

Councillor Musarrat Khan


5. Work with KAL to promote physical activity and wellbeing interventions

Action

Working with KAL to promote physical activity and wellbeing interventions among communities least likely to use existing KAL resources.

Deliverable(s)

  • Work closely with KAL and their senior management team to understand the partnership we need to deliver the ambitions in the KAL Commission, which will set the direction of travel, recognise the significant financial investment in KAL by the council and set out how more people who are currently inactive can become active, in ways that are interesting and acceptable to them.
    Timescale: Ongoing with full implementation by the new municipal year.

Portfolio holder

Councillor Musarrat Khan


6. Ensure that individuals and communities continue to have access to wellbeing support and opportunities

Action

Build on the experience of the pandemic to ensure that individuals and communities continue to have access to a breadth of informal support and opportunities that promote wellbeing, good mental health and resilience and a sense of belonging.

Deliverable(s)

  • Build on the capacity that community champions and volunteers have brought to supporting people with mental health issues during the pandemic response, helping to create more place-based capacity and ensure that access to support is easier, more timely and culturally appropriate.
    Timescale: Ongoing with increasing activity to Spring 2022.
  • Commence the Health Check Pilot that will work to engage with people who have been previously invited for a health check, but not taken up the offer. This will result in the early identification of issues such as diabetes and hypertension among those individuals at greatest risk.
    Timescale: November 2021.
  • Implement the Exercise on Referral (ERS) Scheme, which recognises that there is a significant cohort of people requiring specialist exercise supervision due to existing co-morbidities, as well as the impact of COVID-19. The scheme will enable clients to be supported in various other ways, for example with addressing smoking or alcohol use.
    Timescale: ERS will start to receive referrals in November 2021.
  • Pilot an approach to tackling obesity within the council's Wellness Service that focuses on healthy behaviours such as movement, good quality nutrition and good mental wellbeing, rather than on weight and BMI.
    Timescale: First cohort at the end of October 2021.

Portfolio holder

Councillor Musarrat Khan


Tracking our progress:

  • Healthy life expectancy.

Wellness in the Woods

Wellness in the Woods is a project led by Community Links and funded by Community Plus; it is a partnership between Eden's Forest and CLEAR (Community Links, Engagement and Recovery) Service. Wellness in the Woods focuses on living well, kindness and ensuring the engagement and well-being of the citizens of Kirklees. The project offers clients the opportunity to learn new skills, connect with nature, to make new friends and to take time for themselves, all with the aim of improving their overall wellness. From October 2020 - April 2021, while the country was in lockdown, Wellness in the Woods delivered 2,436 client contact hours out in nature, with 44 CLEAR clients taking part in the project.

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