NHS Long Term Plan & Local Response

What is the Long Term Plan?

Health and care leaders came together to develop a Long Term Plan to make the NHS fit for the future, and to get the most value for people out of every pound of taxpayers’ investment. The Plan, which was published on Monday 7 January, has been drawn up by frontline health and care staff, patient groups and other experts.

NHS Long Term Plan – EasyRead | NHS Long Term Plan – audio version

What does the Long Term Plan mean for people in West Yorkshire and Harrogate?

Healthwatch and its partners from across the area held conversations with people to get their views on the development of the West Yorkshire & Harrogate Health & Care Partnership’s five year plan in response to the NHS Long Term Plan. The Partnership’s plan will set out their ambitions for the next five years and also identify any work needed to align to the NHS Long Term Plan.

Healthwatch were commissioned by NHS England to coordinate and support this work. Two surveys were made available via Healthwatch, and a series of focus groups were run in our local areas, looking at digitisation, personalisation (and many other aspects of health care) and wider relevant local long-term plan priorities.

Healthwatch have now produced a report which they have shared with Healthwatch England and the West Yorkshire & Harrogate Health & Care Partnership. A copy of the report is available to read here.

Read or download the full version of the Healthwatch Long Term Plan engagement report

Read or download a summary of the Healthwatch Long Term Plan engagement report

The West Yorkshire & Harrogate Health & Care Partnership welcomed the report – you can download the Partnership’s official response the report here, and read what local health and care leaders have to say about the report here.

This important work will help Healthwatch to identify future areas of engagement at a local and West Yorkshire and Harrogate level and will complement the work already taking place, as set out in our engagement and consultation mapping work (and see their engagment mapping work for personalisation and digitisation here).


Healthwatch Calderdale 

July 30 Open Meeting

Disability Partnership Calderdale open meeting for all disabled people, with free buffet, engaging presentations, socialising and networking

Disability Partnership Calderdale’s next open meeting for members and all disabled people in Calderdale is on Tuesday 30th July.

The venue is the fully accessible Kings Centre, Park Road, Halifax HX1 2TS, where everyone can expect a warm welcome and an excellent evening of informative presentations and a chance to socialise and network withfellow attendees, plus representatives of local organisations with an interest in providing services, support and advice for disabled people and their families.

– All disabled attendees can claim travel expenses when they arrive.
– There is a free buffet with hot drinks for all attendees.
– Membership is free – why not come along and join on the night?

Evening Schedule

  • 17.00 – doors open and buffet available
  • 17.30 – Disability Partnership Calderdale’s Marion Spruce opens the meeting
  • 17.45 – Brian Daltrey, director of DEX  (Deaf Ex Mainstreamers)
    Continuing our series of presentations looking at different disabilities, requested by our members, Brian will talk about deafness and about DEX and the work they do. DEX is an entirely deaf-led organisation that exists to raise awareness of the daily struggle that deaf children have in mainstream education. DEX uses the English dictionary definition of the word “deaf” to mean “wholly or partially without hearing” to apply to all children who have hearing loss. More about Brian and DEX
  • 18.10 – Chloe Oldman – Victoria Theatre
    Chloe is the Business Development Manager at Halifax’s Victoria Theatre and she will be speaking about the theatre and its future plans.
  • 18.40 – Break – grab a drink and socialise
  • 18.50 – Luncheon Club
    We introduce our new luncheon club and let you know how the first one went and how to get involved at future ones.
  • 18.55 – Getting to know you!
    A social and fun opportunity to meet our new Development and Administration workers and a chance to network and chat with them and other attendees.
  • 19.45 – Meeting ends.

The Meeting

What? Disability Partnership Calderdale Open Meeting
When? Date: Tuesday July 30th 2019 – 5-30pm to 7-45pm
Where? Venue: Kings Centre, Park Road, Halifax HX1 2TS
Who? Everyone welcome. Calderdale-based people with a disability get travel expenses.
Accessible? Wheelchair accessible,

Contact Us

General Enquiries: 07716122897
Malcolm Kielty (secretary):  07946510900

Accessibility At Our Open meetings

To enable everyone to be included and to be able to participate at our meetings, we have the following access arrangements:

  • A technician operates a PA system. This has powerful radio microphones which are handed to any person (audience or presenters) who is speaking at the meeting. This enables people to hear what is said. The system is connected to the hearing induction loop system for the benefit of people who use hearing aids.
  • There are two large screens where slides can be projected.
  • Two Sign Language Interpreters are present at meetings to ensure that Deaf sign language users can understand proceedings and make their contribution to discussions by the interpreter ‘voicing over’ the sign language they use.
  • We have a ‘speech to text’ (Palantype) operator. This highly trained professional person makes sure that everything that is spoken appears as text on the screens. This assists people who are deaf but are not sign language users.

Respite – Calderdale’s “Shared Lives” Service

Calderdale Council’s Shared Lives service offers short breaks, long-term care and daytime support for people who need extra help in their lives. Their carers give this help in their own home or in the home of the person they are caring for.

Everyone gets something out of it:

  • adults in need:
    • get a welcome break in a friendly environment;
    • meet new people;
    • enjoy different experiences;
    • and keep their independence;
  • families get a break and a little time to themselves.
  • carers get the satisfaction of knowing they are making a difference.

This service offers:

  • the best possible care;
  • the type of care that people really want;
  • and quality care that matches individual circumstances and assessed needs.

At times, a stay away from home or a regular day out is the ideal option. It can also give family carers a welcome break. If care is needed for a longer period of time, Shared Lives offers that too. It is a great way of letting people live independent lives with the security of having qualified support on hand.

Exhibition – “Home Front” at Bankfield

Don’t Panic! is a new exhibition at Bankfield Museum in Halifax which showcases objects related to life on the home front in Calderdale, where people had to make do and mend.

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September 2019 is the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War. Calderdale was directly affected: men and women were conscripted for military and industrial service; industry was placed on a war footing and many workers took on Civil Defence and Home Guard duties. The area did not escape unscathed, there were 11 bombing incidents  recorded and 11 people were killed.

On 24 December 1944 a German V1 Flying Bomb (commonly known as ‘Doodlebugs’) landed in a field at Little Tooting Farm, Hubberton, Sowerby. Extensive blast damage made the farmhouse uninhabitable for some time and broke windows a mile away. The farmhouse occupants received cuts from broken glass.

Free Entry, Bankfield Museum, Boothtown Road, Halifax

Bereavment Support

The Cruse Bereavement Care Freephone National Helpline on 0808 808 1677 is staffed by trained bereavement volunteers, who offer emotional support to anyone affected by bereavement. Alternatively you can email

The volunteers help you to talk things through. They can also help you find your local Cruse service, or signpost you to other services and useful sources of information.

The helpline is open Monday-Friday 9.30-5pm (excluding bank holidays), with extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, when it’s open until 8pm.

Cruse Bereavement Care has been helping bereaved people for 60 years being registered as a charity (No. 208078) in 1959.

Heritage Walk – Anne Lister’s Halifax

Heritage Walks are running a very special walk called “Anne Lister’s Halifax – Her Public Face”. The walk is on Sunday 21 July, 2:30pm and is a two hour walk to Shibden, to recreate Anne Lister’s estate in 1832. Anne Lister is very much in public focus as the moment with the Sunday evening BBC series “Gentleman Jack” bringing her remarkable story to a huge new audience.

Unusually, for this walk pre-booking is essential at £4 with tickets available from Halifax Visitor Centre, The Piece Hall, Halifax HX1 1RE. The Centre is open 7 days a week 10:30am to 5:30pm. Bookings can be made in person, by phone on 01422 368725.

The complete Summer Walks Programme can be downloaded here.

CAB Can Help You To Claim Universal Credit

Citizens Advice Calderdale has launched a new service called ‘Help to Claim’ for those who need to apply for Universal Credit in Calderdale. They are working in collaboration with the Citizens Advice Network and more locally with Calderdale Council and Job Centre Plus to support people in submitting their Universal credit application to get their first payment.

  • More information on their Help to Claim page.
  • Or call their dedicated helpline on 0800 144 8444

Free Access Audits for Groups

‘Developing Calderdale to become a more accessible and inclusive place for all’

  • VU_logo_web12.pngWould you like to develop your community group venue to become more accessible to people with disabilities?
  • Are you considering re-locating your group and would like to ensure the proposed venue is inclusive and accessible?

Visits Unlimited’s experienced & skilled auditor will provide a full access survey and report. Groups will have the opportunity to apply for funding through the Community Foundation for Calderdale to support recommendations for access and inclusion.

The Accessible Calderdale Project can also deliver a FREE half day session in disability awareness to organisations who have received an access audit.

To request an expression of interest form please email or call 07596 707795.

Disability Partnership Calderdale is partnering Visits Unlimited in the Accessible Calderdale Project.

CAB Scams Awareness Update

Scams Awareness is a yearly campaign by Citizens Advice which aims to help consumers to recognise scams and who know what to do when they see them. This year’s campaign will take place over two weeks, from the 10th-23rd June.

Whether you’re an individual consumer looking to protect yourself and your family from scams, or an organisation or group representing consumers, your efforts during the campaign are important.

Help CAB to spread the message that scams are crimes that can happen to anyone and we don’t need to be embarrassed if we fall victim to them.

Advice for consumers (Links to Citizens Advice website)

Resources for campaigners
Visit the Citizens Advice resource page to download resources to help you raise awareness of scams. You can also find resources from other partners here.

Resources will continue to be added in the run up to the campaign. If you would like to be notified when new materials are available please let CAB know you would like to be added to the campaign mailing list.

Let CAB know you’re taking part in the 2019 Scams Awareness campaign and sign up for the mailing list.

Mobility Equipment Charity

My AFK is a charity that provides wheelchairs, specialist trikes and other mobility equipment for people aged 0 to 25 years old.

Through their Mobility Equipment Scheme, they are able to provide specialist mobility equipment not available on the NHS. they accept applications for mobility equipment from (or on behalf of) children and young people up to their 25th birthday.

The right piece of equipment can mean the difference between playing with friends or being left out; continuing your studies or being held back; living on your own or relying on family, friends and carers.

The mobility equipment they provide doesn’t just help children and young people with disabilities move more easily – it allows them to build muscle strength, play safely, socialise with their peers, access education and employment opportunities, gain confidence and become more independent. In short, this equipment changes lives.

To apply for equipment, get in touch with their team:

Tel: 020 8347 8111