Happy, Healthy, at Home

An innovative national Vanguard programme was set up to enable health and social care professionals in North East Hampshire and Farnham to speed up plans to develop new ways of providing and paying for support and services for local people.

Our ambitious programme developed services to help keep people happy, healthy and at home. It will see local people supported to improve their own health and wellbeing and when they are ill or need support, they will receive the best possible joined-up care.

We are achieving this by focusing on:

  • prevention and self care - helping people to self-manage their own health condition, empower them to make choices about their care and ensure the right services are available to all our communities.
  • integrated teams of specialist health and social care professionals - establishing teams comprising community nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers, a psychiatric nurse, a lead psychiatrist, a pharmacist, a geriatrician, GPs, the voluntary sector, and specialists in palliative care and domiciliary care. They ensure joined-up care for patients, especially those who are vulnerable or have complex needs. These teams are located in Farnham, Aldershot, Farnborough, Fleet and Yateley.
  • enhanced community services - for people in their own homes, in GP surgeries and local, community hospitals
  • access into and out of specialist inpatient care - in community hospitals (such as in Farnham and Fleet) as well as Frimley Park Hospital .

This new model of health and social care, designed by health and care professionals with local people and will look and feel different. It will:

  • result in better outcomes and experience for local people – helping them to be happy, healthy and wherever possible, supported at home
  • provide better value for money, helping to close the gap between the available resources and the costs of providing services to meet need.

The way services are commissioned and the way organisations are set up to provide the services will also be reshaped to best support the new model of care.

Vanguard was a national programme that ran between March 2015 and March 2018. It selected areas across the country to lead on the development, testing and implementation of new models of care to help local populations. The successful sites received additional funding and resources to support their work and were explected to share their successes with other health and social care teams across the country.

The North East Hampshire and Farnham programme was made up of clinicians and services managers from NHS North East Hampshire and Farnham CCG, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Virgin Care, South East Coast Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust, North Hampshire Urgent Care and Hampshire and Surrey County Councils. We have also been working with patients, the public, voluntary organisations and other service providers as partners to help shape, develop and continually improve the way services are provided.


Regular newsletters were produced to give updates on the Happy, Healthy, at Home programme and these have continued since the programme formally ended, to reflect the ongoing progress of the many developments begun under Happy, Healthy, at Home. To read or download these newsletters, click here.

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