I have been a General Practitioner (GP) in Halifax since 1999, and have been Clinical Chair on NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) since May 2018.
The CCG is the organisation responsible for commissioning health and care services for over 220,000 people living in the villages and market towns that litter Calderdale’s beautiful post-industrial landscape.
Calderdale is a thriving place with a rich history, thriving tourism, industry and excellent schools, amenities and attractions, and has excellent transport routes to the northern powerhouses in Leeds and Manchester.
Calderdale’s diverse communities are served by 25 GP practices and the Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust. Our health and social care landscape is in the process of a massive change, following the announcement of £197 million worth of funding to reconfigure hospital services. We are working really hard to improve our community health services and move care closer to home.
On this note, the CCG is working very closely with Calderdale Council, our local authority, on the Calderdale Cares programme to develop integrated GP-led services at locality level to further support health and wellbeing of individual communities around our region. All this is supported by a vibrant voluntary sector makes a strong contribution to the health and wellbeing of local populations.
As GPs, we play a vital role a vital role in our own diverse and individual communities, but in working together through the CCG, and in alignment with the new 10 year NHS Plan, we play a wider role in supporting over 220,000 people who live in the borough. Calderdale is a wonderful place to live, and to work. On this page you’ll find useful links to more information about the area, and what it has to offer.
You’ll find more information about the CCG, our vision and values, and how we fit into the structure of the NHS by clicking here.
If you’d like further information please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Dr. Steven Cleasby
NHS Calderdale CCG
Click on a section below for more information on Calderdale, it’s population and some of the amenities it has to offer.
Calderdale is an area with many diverse communities, and this is backed up by the region's health demographics.
There is a significant life expectancy gap for males and females between those living in the most and least deprived areas of Calderdale.
There are 209,800 people in Calderdale according to the Office of National Statistics' (ONS) 2016 Mid-year population estimates. This is an increase of approximately 5,900 people since the 2011 Census.
Calderdale is a metropolitan district and includes the towns of Halifax, Elland, Brighouse, Sowerby Bridge, Hebden Bridge and Todmorden, as well as a number of villages.
Calderdale is one of the smallest districts in England in terms of population, but one of the largest in terms of area. The district has a population density of 5.76 per hectare, the lowest of any local authority in West Yorkshire. Over four-fifths of the Calderdale area is described as rural by the national Census 2011 (ONS, 2011).
- Brighouse ward profile
- Calder ward profile
- Elland ward profile
- Greetland and Stainland ward profile
- Hipperholme and Lightcliffe ward profile
- Illingworth and Mixenden ward profile
- Luddendenfoot ward profile
- Northowram and Shelf ward profile
- Ovenden ward profile
- Park ward profile
- Rastrick ward profile
- Ryburn ward profile
- Skircoat ward profile
- Sowerby Bridge ward profile
- Todmorden ward profile
- Town ward profile
- Warley ward profile
Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group is made up of 26 member practices, spread throughout the region, each one serving the health needs of specific communities.
Calderdale also has two walk-in centres operating over weekends when most GP practices are closed, and on Bank Holidays.
Located in West Yorkshire, Calderdale is the southernmost of the Yorkshire Dales and covers part of the South Pennines area of beautiful river valleys, moorland and hill country.
Calderdale is not as well known as its Northern neighbours as it does not fall within the boundaries of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Yet Calderdale has a tremendous amount to offer visitors, time after time.
Travelling by road
Distances from Halifax
Manchester: 35 miles - 1 hour
Birmingham: 125 miles - 2 hours
Leeds: 16 miles - 45 minutes
Newcastle: 120 miles - 2 hours
London: 205 miles - 3.5 hours
Calderdale has lots to offer visitors and residents in terms of shopping, cutural landmarks and amenities.
Follow the links below for more information:
There is a wide range of schools in the borough, including academies, independent and maintained primary and secondary schools. Calderdale College, in Halifax, also runs many higher education courses for older students.