Evaluating the Harrogate Vanguard

This is a cross CLAHRC Theme project between the Health Economics and Outcomes Measurement Theme and the Translating Knowledge to Action Theme to evaluate the Harrogate Vanguard. Partners from health and social care in Harrogate and District have been chosen to take a national lead on transforming health and social care.

Harrogate’s Vanguard site is one of only 29 in the country to be chosen to lead the way in transforming care for local people. It is made up of the following organisations: Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, North Yorkshire County Council, Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, Harrogate Borough Council and Yorkshire Health Network.

It will deliver access to prevention, advice and information for individuals who find themselves needing support 24/7.  The aim will be to provide support to people to remain independent, safe and well at home with care provided by a team that the person knows and they can trust, set out in a universal care plan.

This service will be provided by an integrated care team from community based hubs which include GPs, community nursing, adult social care, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, mental health and the voluntary sector. Boundaries between primary, community, acute, mental health and social care will be removed and acute hospital beds will be used only when they are truly needed.