Harrogate and Rural District

The vanguard and the people it serves

This vanguard aims to transform the way care is provided locally with GPs, community services, hospitals, mental health and social care staff working together to support people to remain independent, safe and well at home.

The vanguard partners include:

  • Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust
  • Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group
  • North Yorkshire County Council
  • Tees Esk and Wear Valley Foundation Trust
  • Harrogate Borough Council
  • Yorkshire Health Network (representing the 17 general practices in the District).

The vanguard covers a population of approximately 160,000.

What is changing?

The ‘What matters to us’ vanguard’s work is built on what local people said is important to them. Services will be provided by an integrated (joined-up) care team including GPs, community nurses, adult social care, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, mental health, geriatricians and the voluntary sector.

Where possible, care will be provided by the same people each time, so that patients and their families can get to know and trust their team. Their care plan will set out their goals and the support they will receive to achieve them, pre-empting need and planning better in advance.

Boundaries between primary, community, acute, mental health and social care are being removed and hospital beds will be used only when they are truly needed. A response and overnight service will provide rapid support and social care staff will work with A&E, both helping to avoid admissions to hospital. Community beds are available for those who need a little more support.

The vanguard also focuses on early intervention, prevention and promoting self-care. Services supporting health and wellbeing will be better coordinated and include voluntary and community sector services, local council services, the police and fire and rescue services. Prevention will focus on falls, mental health and strokes.

Key benefits

  • A focus on prevention and self-care will help support independence and reduce the need for interventions from health or social care services
  • High quality and sustainable services will offer value for money and be clinically and financially sustainable
  • Local and personal support will help reduce unnecessary hospital admissions.

Contact Harrogate and Rural District

Website: www.whatmatterstous.org

Twitter: @WMTU_Harrogate

Email: HARDCCG.ncm@nhs.net