Our Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership is committed to working in a collaborative way to respond to the extreme financial challenges that face all of us. To meet these challenges head on we are in the process of setting up a project group and programme. This programme of work is called Closing the Gap.
As a health and care system with responsibility for making the best use of our collective resource, our integrated care system for West Yorkshire has been advised by NHS England that we must all look for savings to cover the expected financial gap. As a result, our integrated care system has asked that we – in Bradford District and Craven – must find approximately £5m – £6m of additional savings across our NHS partners during the remainder of this current financial year – and then we will need to continue to look for very significant savings for April 2024 and beyond. At the time of writing (February 2024) we are expecting an underlying deficit of between £80-90m across NHS partners in Bradford District and Craven. In addition, we are asking all our provider NHS trusts to look at how they can work differently – such as reducing duplication or stopping any activity that has limited evidence of effectiveness – to consider how trusts can operate while saving 10% of our total budgets.