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Your spotlight on local services

Embracing self care for life – Self Care Week 13-19 November



By next April, 25,000 people will have received tailored self care support from the vanguards – helping patients, many with long-term conditions, to better manage their own health and wellbeing. With lessons learned from vanguards, self care is being embraced in wider health service planning across larger populations but it is still operating 'at the margins’ of care.

Dr Pritti Mehta, the new care models lead forself care, will take part in a twitterchat on 13 November, 12-1pm at #SCWchat. You can read Pritti’slatest blog.

On 16 November, there will be two webinars:

· 11.30am-12.30pm: Dudley MCP vanguard will talk about the impact they are having by using the Patient Activation Measure. Book your place through england.selfcare@nhs.net

· 1- 2pm: Understanding and using the patient activation measure in the NHS, hosted by the Health Foundation. Register for a place.

Through Self Care Week, join the conversations on Twitter using @SelfCareForum #selfcareforlife #selfcareweek.

Changing the core of the NHS – The Economist’s view

The Economist examines how vanguards are changing the core of the NHS. The article cites Better Care Together, the Morecambe Bay vanguard, saying that by working in a less fragmented way, using innovations like hospital video links and drop-in cafes, patient care is being improved, resulting in fewer admissions to A&E.

A small step for primary care, a giant leap for patients

New Care Models Programme Director Louise Watson features in Practice Management Today talking about the value of practice managers in the transformation of care. 

In the article, Louise says: “Through Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships – and emerging accountable care systems – the work of the new care models programme will continue to influence and inspire change – change built on excellent primary care in open collaboration with other partners who are all prepared to share clinical and financial risk to achieve better population health outcomes.”

Making a difference to quality of life


At East and North Hertfordshire vanguard’s showcase day,  New Care Models care homes lead William Roberts talks about the programme’s work to improve the quality of life for residents of care homes and people supported in extra care living schemes. East and North Herts is one of six vanguards delivering enhanced health in care homes. Watch the film

Vanguards sharing good practice

Cancer drugs project delivers benefits for patients

The Cancer Vanguard has developed a toolkit that helps the NHS to deliver specialist drugs out of hospital for breast cancer patients. Normally, Denosumab, is given to patients in chemotherapy units in hospitals. It helps to prevent serious bone problems in breast cancer patients.

The toolkit was developed jointly with the Cancer Vanguard following the launch of the Pharma Challenge which invited commercial companies to pitch ideas to improve the supply of cancer medicines.

Virtual reality classes in Morecambe Bay

An innovative trial in virtual reality technology is helping patients with chronic lung conditions in Morecambe Bay. The story features on BBC North West.

Elsewhere in health care

It's in the bag


Age UK has published a short feature on one of the new care models' success stories - the hospital transfer 'red bag' pathway. It covers lessons learned from vanguards who have implemented the red bag to help others launch their own scheme.

Applications open for diplomas in advanced primary care management

The National Association of Primary Care (NAPC)is now inviting applications for adiploma in Advanced Primary Care Management, which starts in February. The course will help managers to develop their skills to run larger scale services, including NAPC’s primary care homes and GP super practices. Students will have practical and flexible online learning with minimal time away from the workplace. Find out more and apply online.  


Nottingham vanguards and Nottinghamshire STP – 15 November

Learn more about the new care models in a one-day visit to Nottingham vanguards and Nottinghamshire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP). It will include presentations from local vanguards and discussions with senior leaders from the STP. Find out more and book your place.

Care England 2017 conference - 16 November

Hear more about the challenges facing social care and how Airedale and Partners vanguard is using telehealth to benefit care home residents. William Roberts, New Care Models care homes lead, will be speaking. Book your place.

General Practice Transformation Champions - 22 November

Join a free one-day conference to inspire and inform anyone involved in leading improvement and transformation in general practice. The event takes place at Hilton Hotel, Wembley, London. It will feature vanguards taking about primary care innovation with updates from accountable care systems. Book your place.

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Healthwatch Harrow Forum will take place on 23 Jan 2020

Location: Harrow Baptist Church, College Road, Harrow, HA1 1BA