The vanguards: summed up and explained

Vanguards animation still

With March marking a year since the first wave of vanguards were announced, a new animation and suite of factsheets shine a light on what the sites are up to and what's in store for patients and communities across the country.

Launched on Thursday (25 February), the resources explain the aims and objectives of the country's 50 health and care vanguards. 

Aimed at health and care staff, patients and the public, the resources also showcase some of the innovative work happening across the country that's making a difference to people’s lives.

The factsheets explore the five types of care models the vanguards fall under:

  • Acute care collaboration vanguard sites – linking local hospitals together to improve their clinical and financial viability.
  • Urgent and emergency care – new approaches to improve the coordination of services and reduce pressure on A&E departments.
  • Enhanced health in care homes – offering older people better, joined up health, care and rehabilitation services.
  • Multi-specialty community providers – moving specialist care out of hospitals into the community.
  • Integrated primary and acute care systems – joining up GP, hospital, community and mental health services.

The resources form part of a joint programme of work – between the NHS Confederation, NHS Clinical Commissioners, NHS Providers and the Local Government Association – to help spread the learning from NHS England's new models of care programme

Share and inspire

Watch the animation and download the factsheets to find out more the vanguards. Share the resources on social media too, to help health and care staff get to grips with these new models of care.

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