A report by NHS Confederation and others presents five case studies to highlight how vanguards have sought to address the health and wellbeing gap and the impacts seen so far.
New care models and prevention: an integral partnership reports a reduction in emergency admissions for the over-65s, fewer delayed transfers of care, and GPs able to dedicate more time to frail older patients among some of the early achievements.
Other successes detailed in the new report include improved patient outcomes, increased job satisfaction for staff, and financial savings from better medicines management.
The publication is the first in a series of two looking at developing new models of care. The second, due later this month, will look at staff engagement and new models of care.
It forms part of a programme of work to spread the learning of the vanguard programme across the health and care sector. It is being jointly delivered by the NHS Confederation, NHs Clinical Commissioners, NHS Providers and the Local Government Association.