Hearts and Minds

Team Leeds Hearts and Minds

This is an exciting programme aimed at shaping the way the health and care workforce in Leeds can work better together to improve health outcomes in the city, and to improve people’s experiences of health and care. 

In Leeds, approximately 57,000 people work in health and care. We have some of the most skilled and passionate teams in the world, and your experiences and skills are making a difference. As we move forward as one health and care system for Leeds, we want to hear your voices – this is an opportunity to shape a new culture: a culture that has strong relationships at the heart, and a culture where we work better together to improve the health of local people, and to support each other.

Throughout the pandemic we have seen Team Leeds in action. New working relationships have emerged; we have supported each other to care for the people of Leeds; cross organisational and service working has become the new normal for many of us. In many parts of the health and care system, we have seen the Team Leeds culture strengthen, and now we want to build on that.

Through the Team Leeds Hearts and Minds programme we aim to give a voice to anyone who works in health and care – no matter what your role is, or what service you work for, your voice matters.

Over the next couple of months, you can get involved in three ways:

  • Take part in a Team Leeds Chat (TLC) – an opportunity to talk, listen and connect with your colleagues. If you are a team or service manager then why not host one with your team? See the information below for more information.  
  • Join the Virtual Networking Club (hosted by the Leeds Health and Care Academy) – to connect with Team Leeds colleagues from across health and care – this is an opportunity for your to learn more about health and care in Leeds. More details
  • Inspire others by sharing your stories – we know many of you are already working collaboratively with teams from different organisations and services; we want to hear those stories so that we can share them with your Team Leeds colleagues.
 If you are a team or service manager you can help spread the word. We have created a helpful slide pack (link below) which gives more information about the Team Leeds Hearts and Minds programme. Please consider giving this presentation to your team in a team meeting. 

Team Leeds Chat: Talk. Listen. Connect.

Connecting with others is key to help develop one health and care team for Leeds. Sharing your experiences and listening to those of your colleagues can help build new bonds. We have all got through the Covid-19 pandemic together, and we will get through the winter together. But everybody’s experience of the pandemic is unique to them.

This is where a Team Leeds Chats are all about. Over the next few months, we are encouraging anybody who works in health and care in Leeds to take part in a Team Leeds Chat.

We have developed three key questions that can help from your Team Leeds Chat:

  • How has it felt for you during the pandemic? 
  • Have you been able to work together with colleagues from different health, care and third sector teams or services during the pandemic? And what benefits has that brought?
  • What might make it easier for you, or encourage you, to build effective relationships with colleagues in other health, care or third sector teams or services?

These are meant to help you get the conversation started, and hopefully they will inspire a good chat, and help you form good connections.

You can do it one-to-one with someone you already know, or why not try connecting with someone from a different service or organisation? You can also have a Team Leeds Chat with your whole team. It can be a quick chat of a couple of minutes, or you may decide to dedicate a whole team meeting to it. Whatever works best for you; we’ve provided more guidance below to support you in hosting a Team Leeds Chat.

After you have taken part in a Team Leeds Chat, take a few minutes to reflect on the discussion – and we would love to hear what you have discussed. You can share your thoughts through our online form – coming soon.

By providing us with feedback we hope to develop a better understanding of what the last 18 months or so have been like, and to hear your experiences of collaborative working. This in turn will help shape the future of Team Leeds.

We will also be hosting a series of Team Leeds Chats with specific staff groups – details of these will be shared on this page in due course, and through your internal communications channels.

Celebrating our Team Leeds successes

Through case studies we will be shining the light on the excellent partnership working across our health and care partnerships in Leeds.

More than 57,000 people work in the health and care sector in Leeds – for the NHS, Leeds City Council, private sector organisations and the third sector.

We are already working well together and achieving many great things for the people of Leeds, and we hope through these case studies you will be inspired to join our culture shift towards better integration.

We are #TeamLeeds.

Case study: Leeds Shielding Programme

The Leeds Shielding Programme brought together over 500 local organisations, to support 77,000 of the most clinically vulnerable people to stay safe and healthy during the pandemic. All areas of our Leeds Health and Care system were represented including all parts of the NHS, Leeds City Council, third sector, communities of interest, different faith sectors, care homes, neighbourhood policing, street support, probation, housing, community hubs, neighbourhood networks, student unions, refugee and migrant community organisations, and many more.

Do you have a #TeamLeeds story to share?

Together we can make Leeds the best city for health and wellbeing. Have you got your own Team Leeds story to tell? Have you worked in partnership with teams and services across health and care, to achieve positive outcomes for the people of Leeds? Share your story and inspire your Team Leeds colleagues.

Sharing your story by emailing: leedsth-tr.heartsandminds@nhs.net

Communications Assets

Below are links to a number of communications assets that have been developed to help promote the Team Leeds Hearts and Minds programme to colleagues in your team and organisation. We’ve also embedded a video from the SRO of the programme – Dr Sara Munro, Chief Executive, Leeds & York NHS Foundation Trust.