On 15th of December, NHS England announced over £3.5 million of new funding to support and spread the work of the two New Care Model Vanguards in the Wakefield district.
The Vanguards are partnerships of NHS, local government, voluntary, community and other organisations that are implementing plans to improve the healthcare people receive, prevent ill health and save funds.
Since 2015, Wakefield has had two New Care Model Vanguards operating in the district under the Connecting Care banner. These are:
- Enhanced Health in Care Homes Vanguard; which aims to tackle loneliness and fragmented care by joining up services for older people in supported living schemes and care homes, to help people live longer, healthier lives at home and within their communities. There are currently 15 care homes and 2 extra care facilities within the Vanguard in Wakefield, and in 2017/18 this will be expanded to take on 12 additional homes.
- West Wakefield Health and Wellbeing Multispecialty Community Provider (MCP) Vanguard; this is a new type of organisation that focuses on moving specialist care out of hospitals, and providing a wide range of health and social care services to people in their homes and communities. West Wakefield Health and Wellbeing have piloted the new MCP framework to share their learnings with other health and social care economies.
Overall, funding has been split as follows over the two Vanguards:
- Multispecialty Community Provider Vanguard – £3.15 million for 2017/18
- Enhanced Health in Care Homes Vanguard – £405,000 for 2017/18
Considerable progress has been made since the Vanguards were launched in 2015 and there is emerging evidence that they are making significant improvements at a local level. This includes reducing pressure on busy GP and A&E services.
In addition to the funding, both vanguards will continue to receive support from NHS England and other national bodies to implement their plans, including how they harness new technology including Apps and shared computer systems. They are also receiving help to develop their workforce so that it is organised around patients and their local populations.
Samantha Jones, Director of the New Care Models Programme said: “The Vanguards are making great progress and have already made a tangible impact on the lives of patients and the working lives of staff. 2017/18 is a crucial year for the vanguards, in particular how we further spread their work across the wider NHS and care services. This funding, as well as the support we offer to them, will help them to continue to move at pace.”
Dr Phil Earnshaw, Chair of NHS Wakefield CCG and local GP said: “We are very pleased with the start we have made in modernising the care provided to people living in Wakefield. 2017/18 will be an exciting year for both of Wakefield’s key transformation projects and the funding just announced will allow us to expand the brilliant work that the Vanguards have started across the district, and continue to develop models of care that are based on the needs of the individual rather than of those of various organisations providing the care.’’
Nationally, the total funding allocated matches that of 2016/17 and will be matched by funds and resources from the Vanguards themselves.
New models of care, including the work of the Vanguards, are key to the delivery of Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) which are being developed across the country.
In order to secure their allocated funds, Vanguards will need to meet a number of conditions including:
- Spread of their new care models within and across STPs, including production of guidance and materials for others to use;
- Full implementation of the published care model frameworks – what good looks like within their Vanguard type;
- Clear quality improvements and costs/savings.
As with 2016-17, local evaluation remains a critical part of the programme and will be funded separately, with details set out at a later date.