Working Together Vanguard

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

The programme


A partnership involving seven hospital Trusts

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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Vanguard Programmes


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 programme 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


Public consultation imminent on children’s surgery and anaesthesia services across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw

Over the past year The Working Together Partnership Vanguard has been supporting the Commissioner Working Together Partnership looking at what the future of children’s surgery and anaesthesia might look like in our region, with the knowledge and insight that there is a shortage of doctors being trained and that we need to deliver care differently… Read more »

Sharing Best Practice at Vanguard visit

September 9th saw the Working Together Partnership Vanguard being visited by a fellow Vanguard team from Moorfields Eye Hospital. In an afternoon of open discussions we were able to share our different approaches and listen to our colleagues about how their vanguard is different, what we might have in common and where we could potentially collaborate… Read more »