Vanguard Bid Success


Health and Social care Partners across Harrogate and rural district successful with Vanguard Bid

Partners from health and social care in Harrogate and District have been chosen to take a national lead on transforming health and social care.

Harrogate’s Vanguard site is one of only 29 in the country to be chosen to lead the way in transforming care for local people. It is made up of the following organisations: Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, North Yorkshire County Council, Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, Harrogate Borough Council and Yorkshire Health Network.

It will deliver access to prevention, advice and information for individuals who find themselves needing support 24/7.  The aim will be to provide support to people to remain independent, safe and well at home with care provided by a team that the person knows and they can trust, set out in a universal care plan. 

This service will be provided by an integrated care team from community based hubs which include GPs, community nursing, adult social care, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, mental health and the voluntary sector. Boundaries between primary, community, acute, mental health and social care will be removed and acute hospital beds will be used only when they are truly needed.

This means that “George” for example, who has multiple long term conditions and lives alone, will have an agreed care plan going forward that people involved in his care, share and understand. He will be able to access advice and information in times of crisis 24/7 which will support him to stay in his own home whenever possible.

As a Vanguard site, the partners involved will be able to access a transformation fund and tailored national support to redesign local health and care services to keep people well. For local people, this will lead to significant improvements in their experience of health services and will ensure they can access the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

Dr Ros Tolcher, Chief Executive at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust said: “I am delighted that we have been successful with our partners in our application. This means that as a system we will have access to additional support, resources and funds to drive forward our ambitious plans to implement new ways of providing integrated out of hospital care, and new ways of contracting for this care. Together these twin goals will help us ensure that we have a sustainable model for providing acute care and out of hospital services.”

Amanda Bloor, Chief Officer at NHS Harrogate and Rural District CCG said: “We are delighted to have been selected as Vanguard site. It’s fantastic news for people in Harrogate and District and will ensure that local services are more co-ordinated, responsive and tailored to individual needs. It’s testament to the hard work of all partners involved  over the previous months and a recognition of our vision for integrated services for local people here in Harrogate and Rural district. This is a really exciting and high profile success for our area and a tribute to the partnership working which we have established locally.”

County Councillor Clare Wood, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Health and Adult Services said: "People tell us that they want to lead independent lives in their own homes for as long as possible. Integrated support of this nature with health and social care working together to help people to remain safe and well at home has to be the way forward. This is very good news for people in the area.”

Martin Barkley, chief executive of Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust said:This is great news for people in the Harrogate area and we are looking forward to being part of this important initiative.”

Wallace Sampson, Chief Executive of Harrogate Borough Council said: "Harrogate Borough Council are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of residents within the Harrogate District.  We are delighted that the district has been chosen as a Vanguard site and look forward to working with our partners to integrate services to improve health outcomes for local people by ensuring that the very best experience is achieved when accessing health and care services."

For further information please click on the links below:

Mapping the Future- A Vision for health and social care provision in Harrogate and Rural District

NHS England- Five million patients to benefit from new era of patient care

As part of a two day visit from the NHS England national New Models of Care Team, we held an Open Space event on Friday 29 May 2015. Members of the public, patients, carers and health and social care professionals attended to ask the question "What matters to us?" in terms of future health and social care. The full report from the event can be found here:

Open Space Event - feedback report



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