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.
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.
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.
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