Health leaders from Nottingham City have attended a special reception hosted by the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street.
Jo Williams, Assistant Director Health and Social Care Integration for Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group and Nottingham City Council, and Tracy Keane, Assistant Director Integrated Care and Transformation for Nottingham CityCare Partnership, joined more than 100 other NHS and care staff at the event. They were also joined by patients and patient representatives.
Jo and Tracy, along with many other colleagues, are working on the Nottingham City enhanced care in care homes ‘vanguard’ – one of 50 vanguards helping to deliver the Five Year Forward View, the vision for the future of the NHS.
Vanguards are leading on developing new care models that will act as blueprints for the future of the health and care system across the country.
Plans for the Nottingham vanguard include introducing a single reablement service helping residents get back on their feet after illness or injury, improving urgent care and helping residents avoid hospital admissions, and expanding the use of technology in care homes such as video consultations and telemedicine.
In addition to a number of changes being made by health and social care services, there are plans to encourage older people in care homes to take part in activities that maintain or improve their health and well-being.
Prime Minister, David Cameron said: “I wanted to get you together to say a really big thank you, because I’m very proud of our NHS, I’m passionate about our NHS – as this whole Government is – we want it to be a real exemplar around the world.
“The agendas you’re pursuing of better service for patients, integrating care in different pathways, making sure we make the most of science and innovation, that’s the way – combined with the money – to have an NHS we can be even more proud of in five years’ time and that’s what I’m standing here trying to do for our country. So thank you.”
Samantha Jones, Director of the New Care Models Programme, said: “The new care model vanguards are helping to shape the future of health and care services across England. The team from Nottingham City are playing a vital role, implementing new ways of working which will improve the care patients and their families receive.
“This event is just one of many ways we are celebrating their important work and sharing their plans with other people across the wider health and care services.”
Nottingham City representatives Jo and Tracy said: “We spoke to NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens and the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt regarding how Nottingham City is developing the care homes vanguard, aligning our work to the national priorities shared by the Prime Minister to positively influence health outcomes. We mentioned how there is always an invite if they wanted to see this work in person.”
The NHS Five Year Forward View is a partnership between NHS England, Monitor, the Care Quality Commission, The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), Health Educational England, Public Health England and the NHS Trust Development Authority.