About vanguards

“Between January and September 2015, 50 vanguards were selected to take a lead on the development of new care models which will act as the blueprints for the NHS moving forward and the inspiration to the rest of the health and care system.

The new care model vanguards are delivering real change for patients and staff. Working with clinicians and the people who use their services, they are developing a ‘blueprint’ for the future of NHS and care services across England. They’re being led locally, but with national support to help them move forward at pace and to unlock barriers that get in their way.”

Samantha Jones, former Director – New Care Models Programme

What this means for patients

The vanguards are improving the care received by millions of people across England. Through the new care models programme, complete redesign of whole health and care systems are being considered. This means fewer trips to hospitals with cancer and dementia specialists holding clinics in local surgeries, having one point of call for family doctors, community nurses, social and mental health services, or access to blood tests, dialysis or even chemotherapy closer to home.

They are also 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 effectively, seven days a week.

50 vanguards

Map showing vanguard locations

  1. Wirral Partners
  2. Mid Nottinghamshire Better Together
  3. South Somerset Symphony Programme
  4. Northumberland Accountable Care Organisation
  5. Salford Together
  6. Better Care Together (Morecambe Bay Health Community)
  7. North East Hampshire and Farnham
  8. Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group
  9. My Life a Full Life (Isle of Wight)
  10. Calderdale Health and Social Care Economy
  11. Wellbeing Erewash
  12. Fylde Coast Local Health Economy
  13. The Connected Care Partnership (Sandwell and West Birmingham)
  14. Wakefield Connecting Care Multispecialty Community Provider
  15. All together better Sunderland
  16. Dudley Multispecialty Community Provider
  17. Encompass (Whitstable, Faversham, Canterbury, Ash and Sandwich)
  18. Stockport Together
  19. Tower Hamlets Together
  20. Better Local Care (Hampshire)
  21. West Cheshire Way
  22. Lakeside Healthcare (Northamptonshire)
  23. Principia Partners in Health (Southern Nottinghamshire)
  24. Connecting Care – Wakefield District
  25. Gateshead Care Home Project
  26. East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group
  27. Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group
  28. Sutton Homes of Care
  29. Airedale & Partners
  30. Greater Nottingham A&E Delivery Board
  31. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group
  32. North East Urgent Care Network
  33. Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge A&E Delivery Board
  34. West Yorkshire Urgent Emergency Care Network
  35. Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland Urgent and Emergency Care
  36. Solihull Together for Better Lives
  37. South Devon and Torbay Urgent and Emergency Care
  38. Salford and Wigan Foundation Chain
  39. Northumbria Foundation Group
  40. Royal Free London
  41. Foundation Healthcare Group (Dartford and Gravesham)
  42. Moorfields
  43. National Orthopaedic Alliance
  44. The Neuro Network (The Walton Centre, Liverpool)
  45. MERIT (Mental Health Alliance for Excellence, Resilience, Innovation and Training) (West Midlands)
  46. Cheshire and Merseyside Women’s and Children Services
  47. Accountable Cancer Network (ACN)
  48. East Midlands Radiology Consortium (EMRAD)
  49. Developing One NHS in Dorset
  50. Working Together Partnership (South Yorkshire, Mid Yorkshire, North Derbyshire)

In addition to the support outlined in the support package, the 50 vanguards were allocated total funding of almost £133 million in 2015/16, £112 million in 2016/17 and £101 million for 2017/18.

Further information

You can find out more about the programme by looking at the frequently asked questions. For more information about the new care models programme, email england.newcaremodels@nhs.net. You can also subscribe to our monthly newsletter or join the conversation on Twitter by following: @NHSEngland or by using the hashtag: #futureNHS.