sv-icon-copy-1NHS England has announced £562,000 of new funding to support and spread the work of the Sutton Homes of Care new care model vanguard managed by Sutton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The vanguards are partnerships of NHS, local government, voluntary, community and other organisations that are implementing plans to improve the healthcare people receive, prevent ill health and save funds.

Considerable progress has been made since the vanguards were launched in 2015 and there is emerging evidence that they are making significant improvements at a local level. This includes reducing pressure on busy GP and A&E services.

In addition to the funding, Sutton Homes of Care vanguard will continue to receive support from NHS England and other national bodies to implement their plans, including how they harness new technology including Apps and shared computer systems. They are also receiving help to develop their workforce so that it is organised around patients and their local populations.

Samantha Jones, Director of the New Care Models Programme said: “The vanguards are making great progress and have already made a tangible impact on the lives of patients and the working lives of staff. 2017/18 is a crucial year for the vanguards, in particular how we further spread their work across the wider NHS and care services. This funding, as well as the support we offer to them, will help them to continue to move at pace.”

Dr Chris Elliott of the Sutton Homes of Care vanguard said: “We are very pleased with the changes we have made to the care provided to people living in Sutton. As well as involving residents more in the way services are provided, we’ve worked with care homes to upskill staff so they can better manage the health care needs of residents in their homes. As a result, we’ve cut the number needing to use local A&E services or be admitted to hospital.

Nationally, the total funding allocated matches that of 2016/17 and will be matched by funds and resources from the vanguards themselves.

New models of care, including the work of the vanguards, are key to the delivery of sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) which are being developed across the country.

In order to secure their allocated funds, vanguards will need to meet a number of conditions including:

· spread of their new care models within and across STPs, including production of guidance and materials for others to use;
· full implementation of the published care model frameworks – what good looks like within their vanguard type;
· clear quality improvements and costs/savings.

As with 2016-17, local evaluation remains a critical part of the programme and will be funded separately, with details set out at a later date.