Health and care staff and patients from the System Resilience Group for Leicester Leicestershire & Rutland attended a special reception hosted by the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street on Monday (23 November 2015).
Toby Sanders, Managing Director of West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and Philip Parkinson, a local patient champion, joined more than 100 other NHS and care staff at the event. They were also joined by patients and patient representatives.
Toby Sanders and Philip Parkinson are part of the System Resilience Group for Leicester Leicestershire & Rutland – 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. The aim is to make health, care and support services more accessible, more responsive (less waiting time for patients) and more effective. Care will be better coordinated and closer to home.
They are also looking to offer one point of call for family doctors, community nurses, social and mental health services.
In addition, they are 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, seven days a week.
Toby Sanders said: “Our vision as a vanguard site is to simplify things for patients, and get them the care that they need, without them having to worry about navigating a complex and sometimes disjointed system alone. We aim to do this by providing care which is truly patient centred and easier to access, improving their experience of the health service.
“We were delighted that, along with a selected handful of other vanguards, we also had the opportunity to talk personally to the prime minister about our plans for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and discuss the work that we are doing to transform urgent and emergency care services for the population which we serve.”
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 – 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 Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland 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”.
The NHS Five Year Forward View is a partnership between NHS England, Monitor, the Care Quality Commission, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Health Educational England, Public Health England and the NHS Trust Development Authority.