• South Hampshire vanguard aims for one team for all care

    9 March 2016

    A Hampshire vanguard is showing promising signs of progress. Less than a year after securing funding as a multispecialty community provider (MCP) vanguard, local leaders are seeing teams start to work successfully across organisational boundaries and improved integration of services.

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  • ‘Super-enhanced service’ puts the local back into primary care commissioning

    9 March 2016

    Bolton’s £3.4m “super-enhanced service”, which aims to divert care from hospitals to GP practices and to help manage demand, is facing its first major test.

    Recognising the need to reduce A&E attendances and improve the effectiveness of primary care, NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) developed the Bolton Quality Contract. The contract is also intended to address inequalities in healthcare and improve outcomes.

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  • Wellbeing team helps Stockton people stay at home

    9 March 2016

    A multi-professional assessment team supported by the Better Care Fund is helping vulnerable people in Stockton-on-Tees stay in their own homes.

    The seven-strong wellbeing team, which includes seconded nurses, physiotherapists and social workers plus a manager, is piloting a holistic assessment addressing people’s health, social care and welfare needs.

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  • Calderdale looks to BCF to bridge gap from hospital to continuing healthcare

    9 March 2016

    Nurses and social workers working together in a new team have more than halved the time taken to discharge hospital patients in Calderdale who are eligible for continuing healthcare.

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  • Not just another pilot: why the vanguards mean business

    29 January 2016

    The new care models programme and the vanguards are at the heart of the vision of the future NHS set out by the Five Year Forward View. Samantha Jones has to juggle the demands for urgent solutions to the problems of the NHS with the need to give transformation the time it needs to work, writes Julian Patterson

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