NHS launches new initiative to transform urgent and emergency care

NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens alongside NHS Five Year Forward View partners today (Friday 24 July) announced the launch of eight new vanguards that will transform urgent and emergency care for more than nine million people.

The new vanguards, eight in all, are being introduced to build on recent success in improving trauma survival rates; they are tasked with changing the way in which all organisations work together to provide care in a more joined up way for patients.

It is planned that urgent care will be delivered, not just in hospitals but also by GPs, pharmacists, community teams, ambulance services, NHS 111, social care and others, and through patients being given support and education to manage their own conditions.

Another aim of the vanguards is to break down boundaries between physical and mental health to improve the quality of care and experience for all.

“Starting today, the NHS will begin joining up the often confusing array of A&E, GP out of hours, minor injuries clinics, ambulance services and 111 so that patients know where they can get urgent help easily and effectively, 7 days a week”, said NHS England’s Chief executive, Simon Stevens.

“That’s why we’re backing what our frontline nurses, doctors and other staff, in partnership with local communities, to radically redesign our urgent and emergency services.”

Today’s launch of the vanguards comes in the face of pressure on all NHS frontline emergency services, with increased A&E attendances and emergency admissions, and both ambulance and NHS 111 services facing rising demands.


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