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Vanguard support package of £67m launched


31 July 2015

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NHS England will give £19.7m to three of the first 29 vanguards, and £41m has been approved for five other sites, along with other practical guidance, NHS England announced this morning.

Over the last two weeks £8.3 million has been earmarked for Northumberland Accountable Care Organisation, along with £6.5 million for Better Health and Care for Sunderland, and £4.9 million for South Somerset Symphony Programme.

NHS England will give £19.7m to three of the first 29 vanguards, and £41m has been approved for five other sites, along with other practical guidance, NHS England announced this morning.

Over the last two weeks £8.3 million has been earmarked for Northumberland Accountable Care Organisation, along with £6.5 million for Better Health and Care for Sunderland, and £4.9 million for South Somerset Symphony Programme.

A further £41m has been approved in principle for the following vanguards: Better Care Together (Morecambe); Better Local Care (Southern Hampshire); My Life a Full Life (Isle of Wight); Salford Together; and, Wirral Partners. “This funding will be finalised in August,” the NHS England release read.

NHS England chief executive, Simon Stevens, said: “The support package has been designed with and for the vanguards.  It provides them with additional tools to move at pace and, importantly, to remove barriers that stop them from delivering the best possible care to patients.”

The vanguards will also be offered a support package, which covers 2015/16, and focuses on eight areas.

These include designing new care models – working with the vanguards to develop their local model of care, maximising the greatest impact and value for patients; and evaluation and metrics – supporting the vanguards to understand – on an ongoing basis – the impact their changes are having on patients, staff and the wider population.

There will also be support for integrated commissioning and provision, to “break down the barriers” in developing an integrated system, and help with workforce redesign, to create a “modern, flexible” patient-centered workforce.

Support was also pledged to help vanguards empower patients and communities to develop services, and harness technology to deliver care in radically different ways.

Responding to the news, Jim Mackey chief executive of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We have been heavily involved in helping to design the initial support package and look forward to shaping it further as we move forward. We have a very strong track record of working together in Northumberland and welcome this opportunity to think innovatively about how we can further integrate health and social care.”

Support for more-recently announced vanguards – acute care collaboration (ACC) vanguards and urgent and emergency care (UEC) vanguards – will be published in November 2015. 

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