Solent NHS TrustHigh quality community and mental health services

Transforming care

Published: 06/04/2016

A partnership between local GPs, Solent NHS Trust, Southampton City Council, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group, University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and the voluntary sector is set to transform how care is deleivered in the city - to improve patients' health, wellbeing and independence.

Southampton City will be joining the national Vanguard programme to tes the 'multispecialty community provider organisational model' (MCP) identified in NHS England's Five Year Forward View.

The MCP in Southampton will be developed around GP practices and bring in nurses, hospital specialists, social care staff, therapists and other community-based professionals to provide joined up care tailored to the needs of patients and their local communities.


The partnership will now work closely with local people and organisations to co-design the new model of care, building on existing discussions that have been taking place throughout 2015. By linking with the Hampshire ‘Better Local Care’ programme the city will be able to access national learning and resources to build on work to date under the Southampton Better Care Fund and the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund schemes.

Our aim is to meet the needs of our population by ensuring coordinated services which support much more effective condition management so that patients stay well for longer. We know that people tell us they feel the NHS is fragmented and they often have to tell their story time and again - the Vanguard programme offers us additional support to make change happen in the city to ensure that people receive more joined up support.

Sue Harriman, Chief Executive at Solent NHS Trust, said: “We are absolutely delighted to join the national Vanguard sites in developing new models of care to improve the health and wellbeing of people across the city. The announcement that we are joining the Vanguard programme shows that we are making excellent progress in joining health and social care for the benefit of patients throughout Southampton.”

Leonard Bates, Chief Executive at Southampton Primary Care Limited (the Federation of GPs in Southampton), said “We are looking forward to working with our colleagues across South Hampshire in realising the benefits that the Vanguard programme can bring to the people of Southampton. Through the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund we have been able to improve access to GP services across the City and are excited to have this opportunity to consolidate the Primary Care teams within the newly emerging Primary Care Hubs. “

Fiona Dalton, Chief Executive at University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust said “University Hospital Southampton are delighted the city has been awarded ‘Vanguard’ status and are keen to work with partners to explore new ways that all of the expertise and resources in the City can be used to benefit residents and their families.”

Stephanie Ramsey, Director of Quality and Integration, Integrated Commissioning unit (NHS Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group and Southampton City Council), said “We welcome the opportunity to build upon the strong foundation of the Better Care Programme for the residents of our city. This announcement supports the ongoing development of strong partnerships between GPs, community and care services making ‘joining up care’ a reality across the generations.”

Councillor Dave Shields, Cabinet Member for Health & Adult Social Care at Southampton City Council, commented: “We all know that social care and health services across England face significant challenges with rising demand and broadly static funding and the position in Southampton is no different. We urgently need a new model of care which is sustainable and can deliver a service which is tailored to individual needs. The Vanguard Programme offers us a fantastic opportunity to continue to work in partnership with our colleagues in health and to develop a ground breaking innovative range of services. These are exciting times for the city and it is essential that we grasp this opportunity to create something of lasting benefit for everyone.”

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