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One minute guide: Health Economy in Leeds

What is the Health Economy in Leeds

The Health Economy is the term used for all of the different health agencies that make up the whole of the health service in Leeds.

In Leeds, it includes: the Integrated Care Board (ICB) of healthcare services; Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust (LCH); Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT); Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT); and Primary Care (which includes General Practices, or GPs).

Integrated Care Board (ICB) - Leeds

The Integrated Care Board (ICB) in Leeds is a statutory NHS body with a range of statutory duties, including safeguarding children and adults.

It is essentially a membership organisation that brings together general practices to commission health services for their registered populations, and for unregistered patients who live in their area.

ICB - Leeds has a fully delegated responsibility for the commissioning and contract management of primary medical care. They also have a duty to support improvements in the quality of primary medical care.

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust (LCH) provides a range of community services for adults and children including community nursing, health visiting, school nursing, physiotherapy, community dentistry, primary care mental health, smoking cessation and sexual health services.

LCH delivers a wide range of community and specialist health services to children and families through community, universal, universal plus and targeted approaches. These include: Children Looked After and Safeguarding Service, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)Children's Speech and Language Therapy Service, Community Paediatrics; Contraception and Sexual Health, Early Start – HealthVisiting, Family Intervention Service, Infant Mental Health Service, and School Nursing.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) is a local and regional centre, including: Leeds General Infirmary (LGI); St James University Hospital (SJUH); The Dental Institute (LDI); Leeds Children's Hospital; Seacroft Hospital; Wharfedale Hospital; and Chapel Allerton Hospital. LTHT provides emergency, surgical and medical services to Leeds residents and offers specialist services for complex conditions locally and regionally.

SJUH and LGI host Emergency Departments (ED, was A&E) for adults and young people from the age of 16 years. A separate Emergency Department for children up to the age of 16 is hosted at the LGI together with the Children's Hospital. LTHT also provides midwifery services at both the LGI and SJUH and within the community.

LTHT, in partnership with LCH, also provides sexual health services including a young persons' clinic for young people aged under 20 years and commissions a local walk-in centre and nurse practitioner service within the EDs.

Leeds and York Partnership Foundation NHS Trust

Leeds and York Partnership Foundation NHS Trust (LYPFT) external link are a mental health and learning disabilities Trust providing inpatient and community services for both adult mental health and learning disability community and supported living services.

Services include:

  • alcohol and drug services
  • mother and baby (perinatal) mental health service
  • CAMHS in-patient service
  • deaf CAMHS
  • veterans mental health service
  • eating disorder service
  • gender identity
  • the NHS Northern Gambling Service
  • home treatment and care homes team for older people
  • young people dementia service
  • complex emotional needs service
  • autism diagnostic service
  • adult ADHD service and psychological therapies

LYPFT employ a range of staff including midwives and specialist health visitors, nursery nurses in the mother and baby unit, psychiatrists, psychologists, learning disability nurses, mental health nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, dieticians, and social workers.

Primary Care

Primary Care means the health services that individuals may access first if they require help with a health issue, such as an optician, a pharmacy, or a doctor (GP). There are over 90 GP practices in Leeds. These include York Street medical practice, which offers services to those who are homeless or in unstable accommodation, and those who have come to the UK as a refugee or to seek asylum.

Local Care Direct provide walk-in centres for minor injuries at St George's Centre in Middleton and Wharfedale Hospital in Otley, and out of hours GP services. YorkshireAmbulance Service provide emergency responses to urgent health needs and also host NHS 111 (previously known as NHS direct), which provides advice and support to people in relation to health concerns.

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