NHS England’s new care models programme is one of the first steps towards delivering the Five Year Forward View and supporting improvement and integration of services. Fifty vanguard sites were chosen to deliver the programme and will act as the blueprints for the NHS and the inspiration to the rest of the health and care system.

Six of the sites are dedicated to enhancing health in care homes, which was the focus for a unique event, the Collaborate to Improve Care Hackathon, inspired by Chief Scientific Officer Professor Sue Hill OBE and her national Quality Improvement Champions Network of healthcare scientists. Working in partnership with the Innovation Agency in the North West, the vanguard sites and the New Models of Care team supporting them, Professor Hill and the Quality Improvement Champions
Network brought together 150 professionals from a range of backgrounds over two dynamic and fast paced days in July 2016. This pioneering event was supported by the masters of healthcare hackathons from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston.

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