NHS England has announced eight new vanguard sites, which will pilot new care models in relation to urgent and emergency care.

The announcement forms part of a programme of work linked with the NHS Five Year Forward View, whereby a number of local services are developing new care models that will help transform the way care is delivered across the NHS.

The urgent and emergency care vanguards have been tasked with changing the way all organisations work together to provide care in a more combined way for patients. As part of the new models, urgent care will be delivered not just in hospitals, but also by GPs, pharmacists, community teams, ambulance services, NHS 111 and social care, etc. It will also be delivered through patients being given support and education to manage their own conditions. The programme also aims to break down boundaries between physical and mental health, to improve the quality of care and experience for all.

The RCSLT thinks that speech and language therapists should be at the heart of these new plans and can play a crucial role in delivering urgent and emergency care that support patient needs.

The RCSLT’s Policy and Public Affairs team would really like your help. Please look at the new models of urgent and emergency care pilots in your region and let us know.

Is your service involved in a pilot site? Are any other SLT services in your area involved? Please read the steps that you could take to get involved in your local model.

Any comments on the urgent and emergency vanguard sites should be sent to