1st February, 2016

On 20 January 2016, Nova ran a ‘What’s Happening in Health and Social Care’ event at St Swithun’s Community Centre, Eastmoor. One topic of conversation on the day was the introduction of vanguard sites.


The event was well attended by local voluntary and community organisations and included engaging discussions with Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group, Wakefield Council and Nova.

One attendee stated, "awareness raising workshops like this one for the voluntary sector are excellent and it’s great that Nova are doing this. It allows organisations to keep up to date with changes and new initiatives".

Following the workshop, regular meetings regarding Health and Social Care in Wakefield will be held approximately every two months which will be spread around the district.

For more information:

If you would like to be involved in future Health and Social Care Forums, or for any further information, please contact Jan Firth - Nova Adviser for Health and Social Care by email  jan.firth@nova-wd.org.uk or call 01924 367418.

Now onto vanguards...

As part of NHS England’s Five Year Forward View, a New Care Model Programme was introduced. The programme was created to establish new models of primary care that have been evaluated to produce the best experience for patients. The new models aim to integrate and coordinate care around individual patient’s needs. The way in which the programme is being implemented is through the introduction of vanguard sites.

Different local health communities were chosen by the NHS to try new ways of delivering primary health care. These health communities are known as vanguards. 

There are two vanguards that operate solely in Wakefield. The vanguards were chosen through a competitive process, and Wakefield was successful in bringing in two which are:

  • Multispecialty Community Provider
  • Enhanced Health in Care Homes

West Wakefield Health and Wellbeing is delivering the Multispecialty Community Provider vanguard in Wakefield. It is a network of 6 neighbouring GP practices in Wakefield. West Wakefield offers a wider range of specialties in the care they provide including nurses, therapists, and other community-based professionals. Also, the vanguard offers improved access to services, such as the  healthpod which allows all round health assessments to be completed in the community.

Connecting Care – Wakefield District is delivering the Enhanced Health in Care Homes vanguard in Wakefield. The vanguard involves groups of GP practices working as a network with a team of community nurses, social care staff, therapists and voluntary organisations to organise services around the needs of the people registered with their practices. These teams are known as Connecting Care Hubs.

These hub teams provide a joined up service for people who are most at risk of becoming ill such as those with long term conditions, complex health needs but also people who have been in hospital following an emergency or operation.

There are two other vanguards that are operating in West Yorkshire. These are:

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