NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens has announced radical new options for the future of local hospitals across the NHS.
The new group of NHS Vanguards involve some of the best-known and best-run trusts in England, including in Birmingham and Solihull. They will now be extending their geographical reach, stepping up to the challenge of driving efficiency and improvement across the country.
A joint programme led by NHS England and NHS Improvement with other Five Year Forward View Partners, the new vanguards will receive financial and practical support, and learning from their experience will be used by other areas in coming years.
Part of the programme sees NHS organisations forming ‘accountable clinical networks’ integrating care across District General Hospitals and teaching hospitals for key services, including cancer and mental health. The 13 vanguards – chosen from 65 bids – includes Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust joining forces with local health providers to form MERIT, a Mental Health Accountable Clinical Network.
The announcement completes the plan for a new generation of care models put forward in the NHS Five Year Forward View to transform the way care is delivered across the NHS. For more information, go to the NHS England website.