Redesigning Vascular Services

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“Thank you again for all your help and guidance. It has been a difficult, but actually, enjoyable process and the fact it has been enjoyable is in big part down to your collective approach and skills. I really hope we can continue to work together on this in the future as I do feel we are ‘in it together’. On a wider level it’s also been valuable learning from your experience and clear skills.”

Mr Neeraj Bhasin, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Associate Medical Director, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

20th February 2022
Case study

Developing a clinical model to support improvements in patient care

The Client: West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts

The Challenge

In 2017 WYAAT began to create a single vision for the future of vascular services in West Yorkshire. They recognised that how vascular services were provided in West Yorkshire needed to change, not only in response to improvements in this area in other major UK conurbations but also following a review by the Yorkshire and Humber Clinical Senate in February 2017. The review recommended that the number of arterial centres in West Yorkshire should be reduced by one third, to two.

Our Approach

Using our experience of co-design and engagement we initially held a range of stakeholder sessions including clinical summits and listening events. These helped us to identify the main themes, key messages, drivers for change, opportunities and redesign requirements. We were able to establish considerable consensus in what stakeholders wanted to achieve for the people of the region - the West Yorkshire Way.

The Outcome

We developed an evidence-based initial clinical model and obtained agreement for a series of quick wins that will make real improvements in patient care in the short term and set the foundation for continued improvement in the future including:

  • Providing the best possible care for patients
  • Meeting national standards and best practice
  • Ensuring specialist doctors are available at all times
  • Making sure everyone has equal access to new and innovative procedures, such as keyhole techniques






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