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South Nottingham’s urgent care work awarded Vanguard status

Nottingham has been named as one of eight new vanguards launching the transformation of urgent and emergency care.

NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens and the NHS Five Year Forward View partners have announced eight new vanguards that will launch the transformation of urgent and emergency care – one of which is the South Nottingham System Resilience Group (SRG), which includes Nottingham City CCG.

The vanguards are tasked with changing the way in which all organisations work together to provide care in a more joined-up way for patients and break down boundaries between physical and mental health. The eight vanguards will benefit from a programme of support and investment from the £200m transformation fund.

In South Nottingham the work will focus on:

  • Enhancing mental health services in the community to give patients the care they need, in the best place at the right time. This will include rolling out and extending the national mental health 111 pilot to provide faster and better care when it is needed.
  • Improving access, clinical assessment and treatment to primary care clinicians at the ‘front door’ of the emergency department so that patients are assessed and then followed up closer to home.
  • Enabling more direct clinician-to-clinician conversations so that more patients are directed to the right service, first time, every time.

Dawn Smith, Chief Officer of Nottingham City CCG, said: “We are all working together to look at what more we can do to make sure local people receive the right urgent care advice, in the right place, at the right time. Achieving vanguard status will enable us to see improved outcomes, more quickly, in these and other areas of health and social care, helping to ensure that people receive care in a timely way and closer to home – in many cases avoiding the need for assessment or admission to hospital.”

The SRG includes more than a dozen local partners including Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, the South Nottingham and Erewash clinical commissioning groups, Nottingham City and County Councils, East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS ), Nottingham CityCare Partnership, County Health Partnership, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Derbyshire Health United Ltd (111 provider), Nottingham Emergency Services (GP out of hours), Health Watch Nottingham and Health Watch Nottinghamshire.