Delivering urgent and emergency care vanguards

14 January 2016

NHS Providers, alongside the NHS Confederation, NHS Clinical Commissioners, and the Local Government Association, are working with the new care models team at NHS England to support a dissemination programme for the vanguard sites across England. 

Between now and March 2016, the programme will:

This is the second in a series of three podcasts, which shares the learning and challenges in delivering the Solihull Together for Better Lives urgent and emergency care vanguard. The vanguard aims to improve services by creating a whole-system integrated approach to care and support, with a co-production approach involving people using services as well as their families and carers. The third sector also has a place at the table, as well as primary care providers.

This interview was recorded at the 2015 NHS Providers annual conference and was facilitated by NHS Providers director of policy and strategy Saffron Cordery. Our speakers were Andrew Foster, chief executive of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and John Short, chief executive of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Andrew and John talked about the background of the Solihull Together for Better Lives vanguard, what it has achieved to date and future plans. The locality has had a history of collaboration, and the vanguard has given a clear framework to support the existing partnerships that were in place.

Listen to the podcast on SoundCloud and find out about others in the series.

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