As I am discovering, the work of the Vanguards is coming on at a great pace.

The Sunderland All Together Better Vanguard is a trailblazing partnership that brings together health and social care professionals with a range of local support organisations, to improve the lives of people in Sunderland who need the most help and support to live independently – usually people with several complex conditions or who are too frail to look after themselves fully.

There are three main parts of All Together Better:

Recovery at home

Community integrated teams

Enhanced primary care

Sunderland’s innovative All Together Better programme is enabling some of the poorliest people in the city to be cared for at home, rather than in hospital.

Sometimes people just need a little more help than normal in the interim, perhaps if they have an infection or have fallen. The partnership brings together health and social care professionals as well as other local support organisations to help make sure they are looked after at home.

Pensioner John Talbot was recently discharged from hospital and is back where he wants to be – at home. Where once John would have had to stay in hospital, now the care is delivered to him through All Together Better’s Recovery at Home service.

You can watch John’s story in this great video

You can find further news stories about the All Together Better services and developments here http://www.atbsunderland.org.uk/news-and-updates/ it’s well worth the read to find more great examples of new services in action.