Leeds Health and Care Academy
A ground breaking collaboration of Leeds health, care and university partners to create a single, joined up approach for innovative learning and development for all staff in health and care in the city.
Together we want to support the creation of ‘one Leeds workforce’ with the best skills, founded upon the best research and evidence, improving the health and wellbeing of the people of Leeds. Our work will impact everyone in Leeds – if you receive health and care services, if you work in the sector or would like to, if you are a carer or a volunteer – so please read on and find out more.
Leeds has a bold ambition – to be the best city for health and wellbeing. A valued, well trained and supported workforce in health and care is key to this – and ensuring they can work closely together across organisational boundaries. This is to benefit the people who live and work in the city – to improve their experience of care wherever they access it and whoever cares for them.
To do this the Leeds Health and Wellbeing Strategy is committed to building ‘one Leeds workforce,’ where the 57,000 people employed in health and care can work as if they are one organisation – one citywide team. ‘One workforce’ is about better ways of working to benefit the people of Leeds, including those who work in health and care. It is not about creating one big health and care organisation.
The innovative model for the Leeds Health and Care Academy was developed by the city in recognition that a step change was needed to tackle the workforce challenges we see nationally and in Leeds and maximise all the opportunities a joined-up approach could bring with it. Our role is to support the delivery of the Leeds Health and Wellbeing Strategy, the Leeds Inclusive Growth Strategy and deliver the strategic workforce priorities for the city.
As a Leeds Academic Health Partnership project, the Academy is a partnership of leading influential organisations in the city making decisions about research, health and care for its citizens.
Leading the way
Find out more about our exciting and innovative collaboration.
The involvement of our universities will position the Academy at the forefront of learning.
The current focus is on building firm foundations for the future and then we will move into the transformational stage. This transformative work will harness the many innovative opportunities for learning and development from research and technology.
Our university and college partners will play a key role in helping the Academy create and deliver new services, turning world-leading academic research and innovation into a reality for the city’s health and care workforce.
Find out more about the themes driving our current work programme by clicking on the links below. You can also read out about the benefits they will bring to the city and some of the products and services that have been developed to support this important work.
Andrew Johnson has been working in the health and social care sector for 16 years. Before pursuing a career in this sector, he worked in retail. Two main reasons persuaded Andrew to change his career path: as someone who has a direct experience of mental ill health,...
Care home general manager Sharon Earnshaw was inspired by her parents to follow a career in caring for others and today she is keen to inspire others in Leeds to do the same. Sharon has recently become a Leeds Health and Care ambassador and will take her story to...