Analysis

Testing out new services to cut hospital attendances

Ensuring that people receive the right type of urgent care when they need it has been a difficult issue for the NHS, and the problem is growing as emergency departments (EDs) struggle to cope with rising demand for their services

Ensuring that people receive the right type of urgent care when they need it has been a difficult issue for the NHS, and the problem is growing as emergency departments (EDs) struggle to cope with rising demand for their services.

To reduce waits in EDs, eight pilot projects are trialling new models of emergency and urgent care across England (see map below). These ‘vanguard’ projects are part of the NHS England New Models of Care programme.

Nurse Caroline Rooney and paramedic Paul Davies undertake home visits as part of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s urgent and emergency care vanguard Picture credit: Tim George

The eight pilots have been joined by 42 other vanguard sites that are investigating a variety of changes to how NHS services are delivered. These include integrating primary, secondary and specialist care, and moving more specialist care into

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