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£1 million vanguard cash boost for Greater Nottingham Urgent and Emergency Care vanguard

Greater Nottingham Urgent and Emergency Care Vanguard has received £1 million of funding for its part in a national NHS programme aimed at transforming the way health and care is delivered across England. 

The money has been given to Greater Nottingham Urgent and Emergency Care vanguard as one of the selected ‘vanguards’ for the new care models programme, which is playing a key part in the delivery of the Five Year Forward View – the vision for the future of the NHS.

Vanguards are leading on developing new care models that will act as blueprints for the future of the health and care system in England.

There are 50 vanguards across the country which will deliver an array of benefits for patients including providing care closer to where people live, for instance blood tests, dialysis or chemotherapy.

The money, which covers the year 2015/16, is being drawn from a national £200 million NHS transformation fund.

Vanguards are also receiving practical assistance as part of a package of national support announced in the summer to enable them to make the changes they want at pace.

Nikki Pownall, Urgent Care Director for NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We are delighted to receive this funding as it will enable us deliver our plans to make urgent and emergency care more clinically appropriate and accessible for patients. We need to provide a seven day responsive service which signposts citizens directly to appropriate urgent physical and mental health services.”

Samantha Jones, NHS England Director of the New Care Models Programme, said: “We are pleased to be able to support Greater Nottingham Urgent and Emergency Care vanguard with both financial and practical support. The changes they have planned will help deliver a raft of benefits for patients, local people and staff. We are also supporting them to help spread good practice across the wider NHS and social care community.”

Greater Nottingham are creating a sustainable and resilient urgent and emergency care system, navigating patients directly to appropriate, enhanced urgent mental and physical health services. The approach will be to improve patient and staff experience, reduce emergency department admissions and increase options in the community so that hospital provision is not the only option.

The NHS Five Year Forward View is a partnership between NHS England, Monitor, the Care Quality Commission, The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), Health Educational England, Public Health England and the NHS Trust Development Authority.

For more information about the new care models programme and vanguards, visit:

Published: 16 February 2016