Working Together Partnership Vanguard

An Acute Care Federation of Trusts working together to deliver high quality, sustainable, efficient patient care

The partnership


Seven hospital Trusts working together

Comprising of Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, by collaborating on a number of common issues, the Working Together Vanguard aims to strengthen each organisation's ability to deliver safe, sustainable and local services.

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NHS Vanguards


Acting as a blueprint for the NHS moving forward

In 2015 the NHS created ‘vanguard’ sites for the new care models programme. Following a rigorous process, 50 vanguard sites were chosen nationally. Each vanguard takes a lead on the development of new care models which will act as the blueprints for the NHS moving forward and the inspiration to the rest of the health and care system. We are one of 13 acute care collaborations, which have the aim of linking local hospitals together to improve their clinical and financial viability.

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Our Workstream structure


The Working Together partnership has been constructed around four themes

Sharing and Adopting Good Practice, Developing a Sustainable Service Configuration, Assuring Sustainable Service Quality and Informatics. The overall aim is to improve and sustain the quality of our clinical services whilst also providing them more efficiently and effectively and to do so together.

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Associated partnerships


The Working Together partnership works with Clinical Commissioning Groups and other partners

Clinical Commissioning Working Together Groups

The Working Together Partnership Vanguard works with the commissioning partnership that mirrors our geographical footprint – Commissioners Working Together. We are involved in the development of the South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) and have links with the other STPs under development in West Yorkshire and North Derbyshire, under which some of our partner Trusts sit.

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Recent successes and programme news


#TheBlonde gets up close and personal with our medical director

National NHS Blog site – The Academy of Fab NHS Stuff – has interviewed the Working Together Medical Director Dr Des Breen for his views on being a vanguard.   What does being a vanguard mean to you? Working Together was already an established collaboration before we became a vanguard. We wanted to become a… Read more »

International Health Commentator hears from the Working Together Partnership

Renowned international health commentator, Professor Don Berwick is in the UK this week visiting and hearing from vanguards, including the Working Together Partnership Vanguard. The eminent international healthcare opinion former was appointed by The King’s Fund and NHS England in October 2015 to help support vanguards and was keen to hear how the Trusts in… Read more »