Local team visit Downing Street

Health and care colleagues from our local area attended a special reception hosted by the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street on Monday 23 November 2015.

Representing Better Care Together were Dr Alex Gaw, GP and Clinical Chair of Lancashire North CCG and Sue McGraw Chief Executive of St John’s Hospice and Lay Representative at Lancashire North CCG. They joined more than 100 other NHS and care staff as well as patients and patient representatives at the event.

Better Care together is 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.

Better Care Together is at an advanced stage of implementing some of the changes we described in our Strategy, published in February 2015. We have secured £4.29m additional investment from the New Care Models team and a number projects are being piloted.

Dr Alex Gaw said “It was a real privilege to be invited to Downing Street and meet with so many colleagues from across the country. I would like to say a big thank you

to the Prime Minister for hosting the event, which was very well attended. We were able to share some of our future plans and learn from other Vanguards.”

Sue McGraw said “It’s vital to have the Prime Minister’s support as we enter the next phase of Better Care Together. The NHS holds a special place in many hearts and we are working very hard to make sure it continues to be there for generations to come.”

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 Better Care Together 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 Clinical Excellence (NICE), Health Educational England, Public Health England and the NHS Trust Development Authority.