Welcome to the pages dedicated to the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health Care Partnership which is also one of the Integrated Care Systems (ICS) find out more on their website https://www.wyhpartnership.co.uk/


WYH HCP National Dementia Pilot

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Healthcare Partnership (WYH HCP) are one of only three STPs in the country identified as an STP national dementia pilot site. 

The aim of the national dementia pilots is to support the reduction of unnecessary admissions to, and length of stay in, acute hospitals for people with dementia. 


It has been estimated that 40% of older people in hospital have dementia.  Their length of stay is twice as long as those without dementia and it is estimated that for a third of these patients an acute hospital admission could have been avoided. 

People with dementia represent a quarter of delayed discharges and 10% of readmissions within 30 days.

In WYH HCP, three project areas have been identified for delivery as part of the national dementia pilot programme.  These are:


  • Improving the use and quality of Advance Care Plans for people living with dementia and/or frailty
  • Improving awareness of delirium – how to prevent it, spot it and manage it
  • Piloting use of tools within the inpatient and care home setting which help staff to understand behaviours that can challenge


Improving the use and quality of Advance Care Plans

Training in Advance Care Planning and Communication Skills

National pilot funds are being used to deliver Advance Care Planning/ Communication Skills training to around 1500 front-line staff across WYH HCP, using a cascade training model developed and successfully implemented in North-west England.

The second cohort of FREE training for Advance Care Planning facilitators is now open for applications.

  • Do you work in services that provide care for people with dementia and/or frailty?
  • Are you interested in becoming an Advance Care Planning champion for your service?
  • Do you educate and/or support staff as part of your role? 
  • Do you have clinical or practical experience of supporting staff with advance care planning?


If YES, we can give you the knowledge and skills to train and support others to help people affected by dementia in planning for their future care.

This TWO-DAY training takes place on 26th & 27th September 2019.  You can download a flyer about the training here: DOWNLOAD FLYER


The training will run at a choice of two venues:  St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds OR Wakefield Hospice.


To apply, please first check that you meet the criteria for ACP facilitators here: DOWNLOAD CRITERIA


To download an application form, please click here:  APPLICATION FORM

Please send your completed application form to janec@st-gemma.co.uk for places on training at St Gemma’s Hospice, Leeds.

Please send your completed application form to janet.millard@wakefieldhospice.co.uk for places on training at Wakefield Hospice.

Please note that your organisation will need to support your application. 

The closing date for applications is Monday 9th September 2019.


Tools which help staff to understand behaviours that can challenge

This webinar is a presentation of the CLEAR Dementia Care tool

This is a recording of the virtual meeting/webinar that was held on the 3rd July and covered

  • Introduction to CLEAR – how it works and why it’s different to other approaches
  • How it’s been used in care homes in NI and the impact it’s had for individuals, for staff in services and in terms of cost
  • Training & support offer to localities
  • What does the locality need to have in place to support successful implementation

The aim was to determine whether there is sufficient interest from participants to pilot use of the model in 2-3 localities.  Participating localities would have access to training / support from the CLEAR team.

We are aware that there were interested parties unable to join on the 3rd so please feel free to listen/watch the recording below.  If you are interested in learning more about the CLEAR model and/or would like to be a pilot site please contact penny.kirk@nhs.net

You can also listen to a podcast of Frances Duffy talking about the CLEAR model from our recent Clinical Network event.  To listen, click http://elfi.sh/yhdementia and choose Frances Duffy from the list of sessions. 








Meeting held on the 18th July 2018



Presentations from the meeting

Background and Scene Setting - Penny Kirk

Dementia national pilot opportunity - Claire Fry

Dementia Scenarios shared by Wakefield CCG

Scenario 2

Scenario 3

Scenario 4

Scenario 6

Next Meeting is taking place on:

Wednesday 22nd August 2018 10.00-12.30pm

at Douglas Mill, Bradford, BD5 7JR



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