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Patients in Ilkeston and the wider Erewash area are to benefit from extra investment in local health services after being chosen to pilot a new way of organising NHS care locally.

Erewash CCG’s partnership with community health providers and GPs has been recognised as one of only 29 Vanguard sites across the country to be exemplars of better care get to share in a £200 million Department of Health fund to help drive forward improvements in health and community care across the areas they serve. 


The bid was chosen for the partnership’s innovative plans to transform care for patients by improving the way GPs, healthcare professionals and local authorities work together to support people to stay well, live independent lives and avoid hospital admissions. The bid outlines plans to forge even strong links with voluntary groups, health and mental health care providers, to deliver more joined up and integrated care. The partnership has also committed to providing personalised care plans for people with long term conditions.

Health leaders say their success is also partly due to the introduction of major health care ‘hubs’ in Ilkeston and Long Eaton to bring together services that were previously provided separately. The integrated care hubs bring medical, nursing and mental health professionals together to share information and knowledge about patients with long term conditions and acute medical needs so they get the best care possible to stay well for longer. 

It is hoped that the new vanguard status will also lead to further development of tele-health technology to help people with long term conditions to manage their conditions better - particularly for people with cardiovascular disease, respiratory diseases and diabetes. 

The programme was selected from amongst 269 applications to take a national lead on transforming care for patients and will receive tailored support from the NHS to improve services even further.

Speaking about the announcement, NHS Erewash CCG’s clinical chair and GP, Dr Avi Bhatia said: “I am extremely proud to be leading an organisation that is now recognised nationally as a true pioneer in the transformation of health services. We have already put in place improvements that are having an impact in giving people more independence in their homes and keeping people away from hospital if they don’t need to be there.”

Tracy Allen, chief executive of Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted to be part of this Vanguard project which taps into work we already have underway. Our highly skilled nurses are now providing greater support in local care homes for example. We have all agreed across Derbyshire that there is a clear need for us to work in a more flexible and integrated way, breaking down organisational and professional boundaries.”     

It is estimated more than five million patients will benefit across the country, just from this first wave. Speaking before NHS Change Day (Wednesday 11 March), Simon Stevens, the Chief Executive of NHS England, said: “The NHS now has its own long term plan, backed by just about everybody, and today we’re firing the starting gun. Instead of the usual top-down administrative tinkering, we’re backing radical care redesign by frontline nurses, doctors and other staff - in partnership with their patients and local communities. From Wakefield to Whitstable, and Yeovil to Harrogate, we’re going to see distinctive solutions to shared challenges, which the whole of the NHS will be able to learn from. ”

David Bennett, Chief Executive of Monitor, said: “The first wave of vanguard sites represents a practical start to transforming the NHS. We will use our expertise and oversight of foundation trusts, to help local areas develop the new models of care that are essential for the NHS and the people who use it.”

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