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Vanguard programme marks anniversary

Twelve months ago, a national Vanguard programme was launched, designed to lead a national NHS drive to transform care for patients, communities and staff in towns, cities and counties across England.

South Devon and Torbay is one of 50 vanguards established to play a key role in the delivery of the NHS vision for the future set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View.

Local NHS health and social care organisations are working together to ensure that those with urgent but non-life-threatening needs will be treated as close to home as possible, allowing  emergency departments to concentrate on serious and life threatening conditions to maximise patient survival and recovery.

Our Vanguard is designed to provide better support for self-care, provide a 111 clinical hub to help people get the right advice in the right place, deliver responsive out of hospital urgent care services so people no longer choose to queue in A&E, and ensure that those with serious or life-threatening emergency care needs receive treatment in centres with the right facilities and expertise. The Vanguard also includes all-age mental health support and plans to connect all urgent and emergency care services, including patient clinical records.

Just over a £1million of additional funding has been given to the South Devon and Torbay urgent and emergency care Vanguard to help accelerate the implementation of these plans for the benefit of local people. It is anticipated that changes will begin to take effect later this year.

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

The core organisations behind the local vanguard are South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, Torbay Council, Devon Doctors and 111.