Freedom of Info request for vital Care Closer to Home data to see if hospital plan has enough beds

Today Calderdale and Kirlees 999 Call for the NHS sent a Freedom of Information request for Calderdale and Kirklees Care Closer to Home data.

Update: The Clinical Commissioning Groups’ FOI response has now come through (25 Jan 2021). It is pretty massive, but doesn’t provide the requested data about the impact of Care Closer to Home services on A&E attendance and acute/emergency bed days. You can download a report on the FOI response at the end of this blog post.

Calderdale and Huddersfield hospitals Trust’s “meaningful engagement” with residents in Skircoat and Lindley wards about the proposed hospital building plans, which they planned to carry out in December 2020 – has been postponed to March 8-29 2021.

Calderdale and Huddersfield hospitals Trust’s Director of Transformation and Partnerships, Anna Basford, told us, “Unfortunately the development of the design plans has taken longer than originally planned and we have experienced some unavoidable delay. We are therefore now planning to commence engagement in February / March 2021”

The reason for this FOI request is that, in order to be confident that the proposed bed numbers (and A&E size) in the “reconfigured” Calderdale and Huddersfield hospitals are going to be adequate,  data are needed that show the impact of Calderdale and Kirklees Care Closer To Home initiatives on our hospitals’ A&E attendance, Non-elective admissions and bed days – and on patients’ and clinical and caring staff experience.

In particular, the data we request are necessary in order to provide a factual basis for the Calderdale and Huddersfield hospitals Trust “meaningful engagement” this month (December 2020) with residents in Skircoat and Lindley wards about the proposed hospital building plans.

Calderdale and Kirklees Joint Health Scrutiny Committee has been unsuccessfully asking for this data since February 2019.

We are not sure who – if anyone – out of the plethora of Council, NHS and 3rd sector oganisations has overall responsibilty for the Care Closer to Home initiatives, so we have sent this request to the Calderdale Council Chief Executive, Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group FOI and the Chair of Calderdale Health and Wellbeing Board, as well as to the Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group FOI, the Kirklees Council Council Chief Executive and the Chair of Kirklees Health and Wellbeing Board.

You can download the FOI request here:

You can download the report on the FOI response here:

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