National Audit Office, July 2018
This report examines whether the NHS is well placed to get value for money from its investment in developing new care models through vanguards. In particular, it focuses on:
- set up and management of the vanguard programme (Part One);
- national support and evaluation (Part Two);
- progress made by the vanguards (Part Three); and
- readiness for the spread of these new care models (Part Four).
This report focuses primarily on the two types of vanguards which were designed to test integrated models of health and social care for a local population: integrated primary and acute care systems (PACs) and multispecialty community providers (MCPs). The report also covers the six enhanced health in care homes (EHCHs) vanguards and the 13 acute care collaborations (ACCs) vanguards. We excluded from our report the eight urgent and emergency care (UECs)vanguards, which were all moved to another part of NHS England after the first year.
Finds individual vanguards have made progress in implementing new models of care and there are early signs of a positive impact on emergency admissions. But the evaluation is not yet complete and, while NHS England expects to achieve savings, the long-term impact and sustainability of vanguards is still not proven.
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