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West Yorkshire & Harrogate: Community-led public health

A case study from the Building Health Partnerships programme 2018/19 Cohort

January 2020

West Yorkshire and Harrogate BHP area


This is the case study of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Building Health Partnerships (BHP) area. It tells the story of how they worked across sectors in West Yorkshire and Harrogate to prevent sight loss and reduce the chances of young people developing musculoskeletal conditions. 

West Yorkshire and Harrogate ICS have developed a ‘blended intervention’ approach aimed at understanding which clinical interventions or support services could be enhanced by collaboration across the health and voluntary sectors. The BHP area aimed to strengthen existing relationships and involve more community members by building on ‘Harnessing the Power of Communities’, an existing programme that linked VCSEs and healthcare agencies.

The work was led by a steering group comprising representatives of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate ICS, Calderdale and Wakefield CCGs, Wakefield Council Public Health, Voluntary Action Calderdale, Drop the Knife, Visits Unlimited and Active Calderdale, with active participation from the community and young people.

This work was supported by the Building Health Partnerships Programme delivered by the Institute for Voluntary Action Research and Social Enterprise UK and jointly funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and NHS England and NHS Improvement. Click here for further information and resources.



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