Sunday, 16 Dec 2018

Rob Webster: ‘Part of my role is to create hope for the future’ | Sarah Johnson

The head of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership on the winter crisis, preventing suicide and the case for joint working

Despite winter being around the corner, Rob Webster does not seem unduly worried. The head of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership admits the health service is “stress-tested to the extreme”. Webster, who is also chief executive of South West Yorkshire NHS partnership foundation trust, says that although he expects this winter to be “very difficult, with periods of significant pressure”, he is confident the system will manage.

That’s a bold statement, given this winter is predicted to tougher than last year’s. “We had one of the toughest winters on record last year so things were incredibly difficult,” he says. “However, most people got good care, most were seen quickly. We saw more people in A&E than we’d seen before; huge volumes of people were coming through.”

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