Better Local Care (Hampshire)

The vanguard and the people it serves

Better Local Care, Hampshire’s multispecialty community provider vanguard, will support people in taking a more active role in managing their own care and will offer access to improved care where needed.

The Better Local Care vanguard is a partnership of:

  • GPs
  • NHS providers and commissioners
  • Hampshire County Council
  • local councils of voluntary services
  • a number of local community, voluntary and charity organisations, patients and the public

It covers a population of over one million, focusing on 14 natural communities including rural areas (South West New Forest) and semi-rural areas (East Hampshire) with difficult transport links, an ageing demographic and an urban population with high levels of deprivation, which places significant pressure on local GPs (Gosport).

What is changing?

The vanguard will improve and simplify access to a wider range of care through GP practices and primary care hubs. These services will provide more joined-up care and will be developed in partnership with the people who use them.

As a vanguard, the teams can also access national support in empowering patients and communities, and there will be an increased focus on education and prevention of ill health. With more advice and guidance on offer, local people will be supported to make the right choices to successfully manage their own health and care.

Increased support in the community will help older, vulnerable patients and those with long term conditions remain safely at home. GPs will work with patients to develop care plans to help them maintain their independence and manage any existing health conditions, such as diabetes.

Work is also underway to develop new ways of delivering urgent care through a same day access pilot. A new integrated care record will mean patients no longer have to repeat their medical history to different professionals and staff will be instantly up to speed with their needs wherever they go for help.

Key benefits

  • More services tailored to individuals helping people stay healthy and safe at home
  • Supporting the urgent care system to keep people out of hospital
  • More sustainable services.

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