Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Pioneer status gives Leeds a healthy future

Caption: Members of the Leeds Health and Wellbeing board celebrate Pioneer status

Leading figures from Leeds health and social care met with government ministers and service integration experts at an event in Westminster to inaugurate the Health Pioneer status the city has been awarded.

Councillor Lisa Mulherin, Chair of Leeds Health and Wellbeing board, and Dr Andy Harris, Chair of the Citywide Transformation programme, were part of a delegation from the city who met with other pioneer city teams and health minister Norman Lamb MP.

The city has been recognised for the pioneering work already being done to make sure health and care services in the city work together to deliver a seamless service.

It is one of only fourteen chosen from over 100 around the country chosen to become ‘pioneers’, demonstrating the use of ambitious and innovative approaches to delivering integrated care.

Councillor Mulherin said:

“We’re aiming to make sure Leeds citizens get high quality and seamless health and care services which improve the experience of everyone who uses them, even at a time when while funding is under pressure. Pioneer status also puts us in a strong position to lobby for resources to make integration work as well as possible.”

“We will now be well-placed to use examples of good practice from around the country as well as sharing knowledge we have with other communities. We’re recognised internationally for the progress we have made, but confirmation of Pioneer status is a real vote of confidence in the way we are moving the health and care agenda forward in the city.”

Experts believe integration of health and care is crucial to delivering effective health and wellbeing and health and care professionals in the city say it offers people in Leeds the chance to increasingly have services delivered around their needs, not the needs of the organisations delivering them.

Alison from Alwoodley cares for her partner, Chris. She is enthusiastic about health and social care staff working more closely together and the benefits this can bring for people like herself and Chris. She said:

“When you’re in a doctor’s consulting room you tend to be focusing on the one problem you’ve gone to see them about, not all the other things going on in your life. The community matron saw the whole picture. She was our main link, putting out contacts in whatever direction was necessary.”

Dr Andy Harris, Clinical Chief Officer for NHS Leeds South and East CCG said:

“Essentially today will be a chance to introduce pioneers and partners to one another and clarify shared expectations of and commitments to the programme. We can make progress agreeing and understanding how the support programme will work and begin to develop implementation plans.

“Linking health, care and wider services together more seamlessly will mean people experience better health outcomes supported by care that more closely matches their needs and a better understanding of how they can manage their own health.”

The national partners will provide tailored support to pioneers. In return, the pioneers will be at the forefront of sharing and promoting what they’ve learned for wider adoption across the country.

Issued by:
Phil Morcom
Communications and Marketing team
Leeds City Council
4th Floor West, Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR

Mobile: 0772 227 5370
Tel: 0113 395 0393

Notes to editors:
1. Twelve health and social care teams now work in Leeds to coordinate the care for older people and those with long-term conditions.
2. The NHS and local authority have opened a new joint recovery centre offering rehabilitative care – to prevent hospital admission, facilitate earlier discharge and promote independence. In its first month of operation, it saw a 50% reduction in length of stay at hospital.
3. Leeds has set up a programme to integrate health visiting and children’s centres into a new Early Start Service across 25 local teams in the city. Children and families now experience one service, supporting their health, social care and early educational needs, championing the importance of early intervention.
4. Patients also benefit from an innovative approach which will enable people to access their information online.
5. The pioneers will work across the whole of their local health, public health and care and support systems, and alongside other local authority departments as necessary, to achieve and demonstrate the scale of change that is required.

Lies catch out Blue Badge cheats

Being economic with the truth proved to be a false economy for two Blue Badge cheats.

Anthony Hillyard of Westbourne Gardens, Garforth and Jayne Hewitt, Altofts Lodge Drive, Wakefield were tripped up by lies they told when found illegally using Blue Badges.

Leeds Magistrates last week ordered Hillyard to pay a £55 fine plus costs of £386.21 and a £20 victim surcharge.

Hewitt must now pay costs of £100, victim surcharge of £20 and a £35 fine.

Hillyard’s car was parked on double yellow lines on 18 June. Civil enforcement officers checked the Blue Badge on display and discovered that the badge holder had passed away.

Officers issued a penalty charge notice which Hillyard appealed stating he’d rushed his relative, also the badge holder, to hospital in an emergency.

Further checks confirmed that the badge holder had died earlier in the year. Although Hillyard paid the penalty notice for parking illegally, he’d still used the badge of a deceased person – also an offence – and so was prosecuted.

On 24 June, civil enforcement officers checked the Blue Badge on the dashboard of a Hewitt’s car parked in a pay and display space.

When it became clear that the badge holder wasn’t and hadn’t been present when the car was parked, officers cautioned Hewitt and issued a penalty notice charge for non-payment of the relevant parking fee.

Hewitt continued to lie about the whereabouts of the badge holder in an attempt to excuse her actions.

Although Hewitt eventually admitted mis-using the badge as the officers suspected and uncovered, she’d still committed an offence by using the badge while the badge holder wasn’t present.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive board member for the environment, said:

“There is no excuse for mis-using a Blue Badge and there is no point lying about it when caught.

“Blue Badges are issued to help people who have a genuine need. While we have sympathy for those who need to make use of the scheme, we certainly don’t for those who use it to cheat the system and then lie to try to weasel their way out of trouble.”

People could have their Blue Badges revoked or renewal refused if they or others persistently abuse them.

They also face a maximum £1,000 fine if prosecuted and found guilty of abusing the system.

See www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/pages/blue-badge-parking.aspx and www.gov.uk/browse/driving/blue-badge-parking for more information.


For media enquiries please contact:
Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577
email: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk

Children and young people take over the city

Picture caption: (top) "The pupils who 'took over' the Tour de France delivery group and (bottom) the Brigshaw High pupils who 'took over' running the social media function of Child Friendly Leeds, with Cllr Judith Blake."

Children and young people from all over Leeds have been busy taking over the city throughout the last month.

Takeover Day is a national initiative organised every year by the Children’s Commissioner for England. However Leeds has decided to take things a bit further than the usual ‘Takeover day’ and have been holding a ‘Takeover month’ throughout November.

Over the past month children and young people have been ‘taking over’ a variety of organisations and teams, and getting great, real-life experience of the world of work.

Leeds City Council, provided and has helped arrange a variety of opportunities, from taking over the child friendly Leeds team, to the council’s parks and countryside department, taking on Councillors’ responsibilities, a film festival, website, libraries and social media. There have been about 20 opportunities in total for over 50 children and young people.

Takeover month is a great way for organisations to engage with young people, and for young people to find out about the world of work, contribute ideas, make decisions and gain confidence.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member responsible for children’s services said: “We wanted to do something bigger and better this year and give children and young people even more opportunities to help make Leeds a child friendly city.

“Takeover Month is a great opportunity for children and young people to learn more about the city, different careers and what life is like outside of school. This year we have been able to gather lots of support from organisations across the city who have agreed to be ‘taken over’ by young people.

“Our ambition to be a child friendly city will only succeed with the support of organisations like these which are willing to engage with children and young people and listen to their wants and needs.

“Takeover month also allows us to meet children outside of their usual environment and get a real insight into their thoughts and opinions of what we do and, more importantly, what we can do better.”

Some examples of how young people have been taking over the city this month:
Leeds City Council’s environmental services team: Pupils were treated to a training session from the recycling advisers earlier this week. Pupils learned more about recycling and the knowledge, skills and attitude needed to be taken on the role with a view to themselves becoming green ambassadors.
The class have put their new skills into practice, leading lessons for their fellow pupils and helping them to understand about the new bin service as well as the importance of recycling and the environmental and financial benefit it brings.

Tour de France:The Tour de France delivery group was taken over by children and young people from four schools across Leeds. Over two days, 23 young people, representing three primary and one high school, shared their ideas for the Tour de France Grand Depart 2014. The young people shared their ideas on the 100 day cultural festival, opening ceremony, Grand Depart and legacy, considering how these activities can be made truly child friendly.
The children all showed a huge interest in this event and wanted to be involved in future planning for it. They showed enthusiasm and the desire to make this event not only memorable as a tool for showing off the best of Leeds and Yorkshire but they clearly want to see change in the cycling infrastructure for their city.

Leeds youth offending service: Pupils from John Smeaton Academy attended a mock court day on Tuesday 26 November at Leeds Youth Court. The pupils took part in role play, shadowing the various staff in the court during a mock session as well as learning about the differences between Youth Court and Magistrates Court, what the different job roles are in the court, where people sit, terms of address and court etiquette.
The young people also spent time with legal professionals learning about different court scenarios and considering possible outcomes and sentencing options.

Pupils from Deighton Gates Primary School, Wetherby, also shadowed youth offending staff to experience what it is like working in the youth offending team.

Leeds City Council's Parks & CountrysideYoung people got involved in the day to day running of Roundhay Park and Tropical World including working with the gardeners, rangers and animal keepers and providing feedback to the site manager on what they think about the park and visitor attraction.

Leeds City Council Communications (Social Media)Two young people took over the child friendly Leeds social media role, including tweeting and blogging about child friendly issues. The young people wrote posts, gathered stories, news and views for the blog, and published their writing.

Organisations/ teams which took part in takeover month are:
• Child Friendly Leeds team (LCC)
• Children's Services Leadership team (LCC)
• Corporate Communications (LCC)
• Councillors & MPs
• EPIC Leeds
• Library and Information Service (LCC)
• Morrison (mears group)
• NHS Leeds South and East
• NHS North
• Parks & Countryside - Roundhay Park & Tropical World (LCC)
• Tour de France (LCC)
• Voice & Influence team (LCC)
• Workforce Development Team (LCC)
• Leeds United Football Club
• Fountain Primary School
• Family Information Service
• St Francis Catholic Primary School
• Tranmere Park Primary School
• Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
• Employment & Skills (LCC)
• Hugh Gaitskell Primary
• Leeds Independent Visitors Scheme (LCC)
• Meadowfield Primary School
• Allerton C of E Primary School
• Hill Top Primary School
• Leeds Young Film (LCC)
• Boston Spa School

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713
Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk

Bridgewater Place inquest verdict statement

Martin Farrington, director of development for Leeds City Council, said:

“We have enormous sympathy for the family of Dr Slaney and would again like to offer them our deepest condolences for their loss through this terrible accident. This all must be incredibly difficult for them and for Ms Mahoya.

“It has been an absolute priority for us ever since we first heard of the wind issues around Bridgewater Place to resolve these as safely as possible for both pedestrians and road users.

“We support the view of the coroner that the building’s owner needs to bring forward the wind mitigation measures that we have been pressing for for a very long time and we will continue to do so.

“We note that the coroner agreed with our proposal that national guidance should be drawn up for local authorities when considering planning applications for tall buildings. We will consider very carefully her recommendation to close the junction during high wind speeds.”

For media enquiries please contact:
Donna Cox, Leeds City Council press office, 0113- 224 3335
Email donna.cox@leeds.gov.uk

Council encourages social enterprises to sign up for recycled furniture

Leeds City Council is calling on social enterprises to sign up to receive some of the office furniture that the council no longer has a use for.

Over the last two years the council has recycled well over 3500 pieces of furniture, some of the pieces have been reused by council services, but others have been offered to social enterprises such as Rework.

Anything from desks to filing cabinets or chairs can be recycled, with the aim of nothing going to landfill.

The council is now looking to put together a list of social enterprises that could benefit from the scheme, and would like any enterprise interested to email facilitiesmanagement@leeds.gov.uk for more information and to express an interest.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:

“As with any large organisation we wish to re-use or recycle any unused furniture wherever possible – be this within the council or through partnerships with social enterprises.

“Recently, as part of our changing the workplace programme we have been moving staff to different offices to better make use of our city centre buildings and new ways of working. Therefore, there has been a surplus of furniture that we have been able to recycle, some of which has been donated to Rework.

“I would encourage any social enterprise who is interested in recycled office furniture to get in touch with the council to make sure they can benefit from this scheme.”


For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk