How we make decisions


Our values strapline


The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust (the Trust) is a statutory body which came into existence on 1 April 2002 under The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust (Establishment) Order and the Pinderfields and Pontefract Hospitals NHS Trust and the Dewsbury Health Care NHS Trust (Dissolution) Order 2002 No. 1341.

In accordance with the Membership, Procedure and Administration Arrangements regulations the Trust Board is made up non executive and executive directors.

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The Board has established a number of sub-committees; an update of these sub-committee meetings are routinely reported to the Trust Board and can be accessed by using the above link.

The Trust is committed to involving members of the public in shaping our services. You can find out more about how we do this by reading our Communications Involvement Plan 2017-2020.pdf  


Patient and Public Involvement

What is Patient and Public involvement?

Patient and public participation is important because it helps us to improve all aspects of health care, including patient safety, patient experience and health outcomes – giving people the power to live healthier lives.

Participation, by the people who use and care about NHS services, enables us to understand and respond to their needs; including those people who have the poorest health. This helps us to improve access to services and reduce differences in health in different communities. It allows us to see things through the eyes of those who use services and to be innovative, leading to better use of taxpayers’ money.

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI)

PPI is the way in which patients, the public, service users and carers can:

  • Influence their own care and treatment
  • Have a say in the way services are planned and run
  • Help bring about improvements to the way care is provided.

Patients have a right to:

  • Good treatment in a comfortable, caring and safe environment, delivered in a calm  and reassuring way
  • Information to enable them to make choices, to feel confident, and to feel in control
  • Be talked to and listened to as an equal
  • Be treated with honesty, respect and dignity

Why the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust involves the public?

Involving the public in the work of the Trust results in a number of benefits:

  • Well-informed people make better, more effective use of services which leads to better use of resources
  • Services can be better targeted to the needs of different communities
  • Better feedback enables service problems to be resolved more quickly and accurately and leads to service improvements
  • Services can respond to, and be driven by, the needs of patients, partners and staff 
  • If PPI mechanisms are in place, some decision making can be made at local level by service users.



Health and health services play a significant part in all our lives.  As the provider of acute hospital services to local people, our Trust and its activities are naturally of interest to a wide range of individuals, groups and organisations.  All of these people are our stakeholders.

We work to ensure that our stakeholders are regularly updated about everything significant we do through regularly updateing. We will also listen and learn from what local people have to say about our services before change is made or decisions are taken.  

Effective stakeholder engagement requires strong and enduring relationships between the Trust and local people.  That is why we welcome the involvement and opinion of the public about our services, some of which is reflected in our Friends and Family Test.

The Friends and Family Test aims to give patients the opportunity to feed back their views of the care or treatment they have received in hospital. This will enable the Trust to engage with patients, celebrate areas of good practice and target areas for improvement. To see the latest Friends and Family Test results, please click here.


Stakeholder Forum Group

In May 2013, the Trust established a Stakeholder Forum Group. The initial invitation was open to the public, patients, members of health-related voluntary organisations, carers and anyone who lived in the areas that the Trust served, and was interested in the services that the Trust provided.

Members were picked from applications submitted, and the Stakeholder Forum now consists of 24 members from all walks of life, and from 3 key areas; Wakefield, Pontefract and North Kirklees.

On establishing the Stakeholder Forum, we asked that the members have a strong interest in healthcare and to offer their comments and experiences to the Trust Board on behalf of the community, and to be accountable to the public when communicating information relating to the Trust

As well as providing guidance and support to the Trust Board in developing its strategy and plans, members use their own networks in the community and workforce to inform and advice the Trust and Trust Board on key issues.


NHS Improvement

From 1 April 2016, NHS Improvement is the operational name for an organisation that brings together Monitor, NHS Trust Development Agency, Patient Safety including NRLS, Advancing Change Team and Intensive Support Teams.


West Yorkshire & Harrogate Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP)

MYHT is aligned with the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Sustainability and Transformation Plan footprint (STP).  We have governance structures in place that support our involvement to ensure MYHT is sighted on, and involved in, developments and initiatives to support new partnerships and co-operative ways of working to close the triple gap; prevention, finance and quality. 

The following key priorities for West Yorkshire and Harrogate STP have been identified:

  •          Urgent & Emergency Care
  •          Specialised Commissioning
  •          Mental Health
  •          Prevention
  •          Stroke
  •          Cancer
  •          Primary & Community Care
  •          Acute Sustainability
  •          Standardisation and Variation

Our involvement in delivering key outputs from the West Yorkshire and Harrogate STP will be through our active involvement with the West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts (WYAAT) and a member of its Committee in Common.  Similarly the Trust is also a member of the South Yorkshire Acute Trusts ‘Working Together’ Committee in Common.

Of crucial importance is the ‘place based’ partnerships in Wakefield and North Kirklees.  The recently established Wakefield New Models of Care Board is a very positive opportunity to improve out of hospital services, and is the first step to it becoming a Committee in Common and a Multi-specialty Community Provider.

Multi specialty community providers (MCPs) are population-based new care model that aim to improve the physical, mental and social health and wellbeing of their local population. It is based around the general practice registered list, and applies a new model of enhanced primary and community care. The MCPs encourage diverse communities to look after themselves by supporting self-care and connecting people to community assets and resources. They support staff to work in different ways, with a focus on team-based care, and harness digital technology to achieve their goals.

Documents of interest:

Working together vanguard plan

West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts.

Wakefield new models of care board alliance.

West Yorkshire & Harrogate District Sustainability & Transformation Plan (full report)

Estates Sustainable Development Plan

Research Strategy updated April 2015

IMT Strategy 2015-2018

Quality Improvement Strategy 2015-18

Workforce Strategy

nhsproviders.single oversight framework 2017