Partnership ‘will radically change’ city’s public services

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A NEW partnership between NHS, council and emergency services in Yorkshire will “radically change” public services to ensure they are designed around people’s lives, city officials claimed yesterday.

Nine organisations have joined forces in the venture Hull 2020 to get public services working together by 2020 to improve people’s experiences, cut waste and tackle frustrating delays.

There will be action to improve urgent and emergency care services to prevent surges in demand which have led to growing pressure on services notably in A&E at Hull Royal Infirmary.

Work will be targeted at vulnerable groups including the elderly and those with long-term illnesses to reduce frailty and isolation.

A review will be carried out of children’s mental health and urgent care services and work will look at educational attainment in the city.

More health services will be provided outside hospital tailored around patients to choose when and where they are cared for. There will be better availability of diagnostic tests, and reviews of end-of-life care and mental healthcare for adults will be carried out.

Emma Latimer, chief officer of NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group and Hull 2020 programme sponsor, said: “Hull 2020 is the most ambitious public service partnership the city has seen – nine organisations with a single aim to support people in Hull to lead healthier, more fulfilled lives.

“What is different about Hull 2020 is the number of organisations that have committed to making this a success and the fact we already have a strong programme in place to enable us to move towards – with the support of our communities – achieving the vision set out in the Hull 2020 strategy.

“We understand that to succeed we need to inspire local communities.

“This means having conversations with people across the city about what really matters to them. Hull 2020 is already underway and we need local people and organisations to get involved to make the services that people rely on in this city are designed with them in mind.”