To launch the transformation of urgent and emergency care, eight vanguards have been announced today by Simon Stevens, NHS England chief executive and the NHS Five Year Forward View partners.
The aim of these vanguards is to change the way in which all organisations work together to provide joined-up care for more than nine million people in total.
They are: South Nottingham System Resilience Group, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, North East Urgent Care Network, Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge System Resilience Group, West Yorkshire Urgent Emergency Care Network, Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland System Resilience Group, Solihull Together for Better Lives and South Devon and Torbay System Resilience Group.
Simon Stevens, NHS England’s chief executive, said: “Starting today, the NHS will begin joining up the often confusing array of A&E, GP out of hours, minor injuries clinics, ambulance services and 111 so that patients know where they can get urgent help easily and effortlessly, seven days a week.
“That’s why we’re backing what our frontline nurses, doctors and other staff, in partnership with local communities, to radically redesign our urgent and emergency services," he said in a written statement.
Urgent care will not just be delivered in hospitals but also by GPs, pharmacists, community teams, ambulance services, NHS 111, social care and others, and through patients being given support and education to self-manage their conditions.
Six vanguards will cover smaller local systems, which may include hospitals and surrounding GP practices and social care, while two network vanguards will be working with much larger populations to integrate care on a greater scale.
See each vanguard's plans here.