Locala is a not-for-profit social enterprise that is proud to provide a variety of NHS community healthcare services to people in Kirklees, Calderdale and Bradford.
Those services care for, and support people, from before birth to end of life, ranging from health visitors to physiotherapy, and sexual health to district nursing, as well as dental care, school nurses, and foot care
Our colleagues always aim to provide high quality, value for money care and support people closer to home.
We’re a not-for-profit social enterprise, so we are in the great position of having the flexibility to tailor our services to meet the needs of our communities - and any financial surplus is re-invested straight back into supporting patient care.
We work closely with GPs, Social Services, other local NHS organisations and Local Authorities to deliver a co-ordinated approach to care and support.
Part of our social enterprise approach to provide innovative services that reflect the needs of local communities means Locala is involved in partnership working with other agencies.
An example of excellent partnership working is our relationship with Age UK, as part of the Care Closer to Home contract, delivering NHS community healthcare services across Kirklees. This partnership involved the introduction of two “Personal Independence Coordinators”. These individuals support older people to live well at home. Preventing unnecessary re-admittance to hospital, they help older people navigate the complex world of health and social care.
The innovative partnership brings together five organisations and their 0-19 services to help ensure that all children, young people and families living in Kirklees will be healthy and resilient.
The partnership’s services for children and young people aged 0-19 (up to 25-years old for young people with special needs) and their families include:
Health visiting and family nurse partnership
The Thriving Kirklees partnership is led by Locala, working with South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust (SWYPT), Northorpe Hall Child and Family Trust, Home-Start Kirklees, Yorkshire Children’s Centre
You can access theThriving Kirklees website using this link - www.thrivingkirklees.org.uk.
Our Public Health Early Years’ Service in Calderdale provides: Health Visiting, Oral Health and Breastfeeding Support to families of children aged 0-5 years across Calderdale – a service commissioned by Calderdale Public Health.
The service offers a high-quality, holistic approach and involves Health Visiting, Breastfeeding Peer Supporters and Oral Health promotion. You can find out more on the Calderdale PHEYS page – or on the Health Early Years website.
Locala was created in 2011 to take on the NHS community healthcare services previously provided as part of Kirklees Primary Care Trust. There was an ambition and determination to be flexible and innovative. A year later the number of services provided started to grow, and a vision developed for the organisation’s digital journey.
In October 2015 Locala was awarded the Kirklees Care Closer to Home contract, and two years later was awarded the ambitious Thriving Kirklees contract, and then the contract to provide Calderdale Public Health Early Years Service.
Locala now also provides services in Bradford, as well as Kirklees and Calderdale.
The number of colleagues employed by Locala has grown from 900 in 2011 to around 1500 in 2018.