Rob Webster: ‘Part of my purpose is to emanate wish for a future’ | Sarah Johnson


Despite winter being around a corner, Rob Webster does not seem unduly worried. The conduct of a West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership admits a health use is “stress-tested to a extreme”. Webster, who is also arch executive of South West Yorkshire NHS partnership substructure trust, says that nonetheless he expects this winter to be “very difficult, with durations of poignant pressure”, he is assured a complement will manage.

That’s a confidant statement, given this winter is likely to worse than final year’s. “We had one of a toughest winters on record final year so things were impossibly difficult,” he says. “However, many people got good care, many were seen quickly. We saw some-more people in AE than we’d seen before; outrageous volumes of people were entrance through.”

Webster has “high hopes” for subsequent month’s NHS plan, that will set out health priorities for a subsequent decade, though says though “engaged and motivated” staff, a devise “cannot succeed”. And to do that a devise needs to constraint their imagination and passion. He also wants it to devolve some-more formulation and smoothness of NHS services. This is not surprising, deliberation his informal role: a partnership of health and amicable caring providers collectively runs a £5.5bn annual medical bill for 2.6 million people opposite a immeasurable area of Yorkshire, from Huddersfield to Harrogate and Leeds.

The thought is that by collaborating some-more closely, the 12 sanatorium trusts, 9 clinical commissioning groups and 8 internal councils in a partnership will be improved means to keep residents healthier and out of hospital. It is this corner proceed that Webster believes will assistance a segment equivocate superfluous AEs, termination of non-emergency operations and patients stranded in sanatorium when they are fit to go home.

Webster has been operative in medical for scarcely 30 years. Times have changed, he says, and so have a final on a health service. “At a start of my career, people would wait years for operations. Waiting was a thing that blighted a NHS and a reputation. It was a boundary of jokes.” There is still work to do: a latest total uncover that usually one of a region’s 6 strident sanatorium trusts met a aim to see 95% of AE patients within 4 hours, and some hospitals are indisposed to give patients non-urgent medicine within 18 weeks of being referred by their GP.

But removing improved is not only down to watchful times or a knowledge in hospital, argues Webster, who used to run NHS Confederation, that represents NHS trusts. “The thought that your GP refers we to a hospital, we go and get fixed, and go home is surplus for many people,” he says. He wants a change of approach. “We need to start meditative about what causes people to stay well, what causes them to be indisposed and how we work with them to stay as good as possible.” That means some-more formation and corner working, he says. Isn’t that what organisations should be doing anyway? What’s opposite about this new approach? Webster cites new multidisciplinary teams of clinicians who work with caring homes, as good as on sanatorium wards. This is assisting to forestall sanatorium admissions as good as revoke behind discharges, he says.

Webster is quite concerned to urge mental health. He admits child and youth mental health is a worry. In West Yorkshire and Harrogate there are only 8 beds accessible for immature people in crisis. “We are creation inroads, though people wait too long. There are still children who don’t get adequate care. We need to make it most better,” he says. Work is due to start on a £13m quadriplegic unit in 2019, that will emanate 18 dilettante and a serve 4 psychiatric intensive-care beds.

He has introduced a zero-suicide proceed where each self-murder genocide is deliberate preventable, with a aim of shortening self-murder by 10% opposite a West Yorkshire and Harrogate area and by a large 3 buliding for those who are in hold with services, by improved marker of people during high risk and a use of psychiatric relationship nurses in AE. It’s an area he has personal knowledge of: his hermit killed himself aged 32, and it came as a outrageous shock. “It took me 10 years to speak about a genocide of my hermit and to contend that he died by suicide, since there’s tarnish and contrition trustworthy to it.” He is certain that had his hermit sought help, he would still be alive today. “I’ve got no doubt that if people like my hermit had been means to speak about their feelings, they’d substantially still be here.”

Improving health, slicing delays in sanatorium discharges and preventing self-murder are large challenges, though Webster denies he has bitten off some-more than he chew. He is doggedly upbeat. “Part of my purpose as a personality is to emanate hope, confidence and to devise effectively for a destiny … We can change things. We are changing things.”

Curriculum vitae

Age: 50

Lives: Leeds

Family: Married, one son and one daughter

Education: Parkview extensive school; Barrow-in-Furness sixth-form College; University of Newcastle (BSc statistics)

Career: 2016-present: arch executive, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS substructure trust; 2016-present: CEO lead for West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership; 2014-16 arch executive, NHS Confederation; 2011–14: arch executive, Leeds village medical NHS trust; 2007–11: arch executive, NHS Calderdale; 2006–07: director, Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, Cabinet Office; 2004–06: inhabitant director, Workforce Capacity, Department of Health; 2003–04: programme director, primary caring contracts, DH; 2002-03: inhabitant director, primary caring services, DH; 2001-04 executive executive Partnerships for Health PPP; 2000–02: inhabitant emissary executive general, medical services, DH; 1998–2000: researcher and territory head, open output team, DH; 1998: territory head, strident services, DH; 1996–97: statistician and territory head, waiting, patient’s licence and joining tables, DH; 1994–96: statistician and territory head, corporate research team, DH; 1992–93: partner statistician and territory head, medical workforce planning, DH; 1990–92: partner statistician, NHS dentistry, DH. Also keeper of Leeds Mencap 2001-11.

Interests: Music, literature, gigs, food, travel, wildlife and ecology, running, Manchester City FC.


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