On March 10th the Isle of Wight, along with 259 other organisations and health and social care partnerships, expressed an interest in leading the development of a new care model, with the aim of transforming how care is delivered locally.

Following a rigorous process, involving workshops, presentations and the engagement of key partners and patient representative groups, the Island was successful, along with 28 others, in becoming a national Vanguard pilot site. The vision and ambitions for the Island were presented to the New Models of Care team when they visited the Island on 18th and 19th May 2015. On day two many organisations, local people, family and carers were represented at a workshop in which there was significant support for our shared direction of travel.

The leadership presentation slides can be viewed here.

What does this mean?

It means the Island will take a national lead, through My Life A Full Life, in transforming care for people, families and carers and those using health and social care services. This will be one of the first steps towards delivering the Five Year Forward View and supporting improvement and integration of services, and tailored national support.

Please click here for a NHS England document summarising all of the 50 Vanguard sites across England.

Vanguards are a new way of working which use networks to deliver the care by co-production in conjunction with more traditional approaches. Further information will follow from network leaders who have been working in the new vanguards across the UK.