Vanguard celebration event March 2018

March 2018 marked the culmination of the national vanguard programme and to honour the achievements of the Moorfields vanguard team, a special celebration event was held in Friend’s House, Euston on 22 March attended by Moorfields staff, Moorfields governors and many external guests who both contributed to and gained from the programmes’ research

Chief executive David Probert opened proceedings by heralding the spirit of collaboration and commending the vanguard team for thinking differently to find new ways of working in an increasingly challenging NHS climate. Johanna Moss, director of strategy and business development, shared reflections on the two year journey and set out the practical justification for networked care as a response to pressures facing smaller acute hospitals.  Jo took time to thank all the stakeholders, both national and international, whose expertise helped shape the toolkit.  The addition of the new publications to the existing Networked Care toolkit was one of the exciting developments of the day. Vanguard programme director Karen Reeves shared how these have been creatively collated into a new section ‘proliferate’ which will sit alongside the toolkit’s existing subcategories of ‘prelude’, ‘purpose’, ‘people’ and ‘practicalities’.

The first of these new publications to be shared with guests was ‘Staff and patients: Improving networked services’. Irenie Ekkeshes, founder of the New Citizenship Project and a Moorfields patient opened the discussion on patient participation and its use across the Moorfields network. Irene then brought delegates through the findings and commitments of her work which spread across three main areas: experience, engagement and involvement.  The second strand of patient engagement work focused on experience based co-design.  Bev Fitzsimons from the Point of Care Foundation outlined the benefits of the model before Anita Aubrey, senior manager, service improvement, Moorfields gave practical examples of how Moorfields utilised the model to integrate it with other service improvements. David Quigley, a patient at Moorfields, then opened up about his experience of working within the co-design model and the effect direct patient participation has on improving pathways.

Senior project managers Feyisola Banjo and Teresa Due presented the second new publication ‘Scaling up single speciality networked care: A strategic overview’ which examines the critical success factors when scaling up networked care. Their research from both the public and private sector found that, among other things, the growth of single specialty networks is possible across both single and multiple STPs. The final presentation of the day came from consultant ophthalmologist Melanie Hingorani who spoke about spreading best practice through the creation of the UK Ophthalmology Alliance (UKOA), which is detailed in the third new document. The UKOA brings together eye care professionals, patient groups and national ophthalmic bodies to improve efficiency and pathways create quality standards, benchmark performance and provide support. Melanie detailed how the alliance is working across three main workstreams: data and costs, quality standards and services and staff. She also paid particular attention to the potential for huge national savings if proposed procurements practices are followed.  

The event ended with the presentation of ‘Vanguard Innovation Awards’, given to those whose contribution to the programme was invaluable. The recipients were:

  • Genium, creative agency
  • Philippa Hutchinson, programme content manager
  • Irenie Ekkeshes, patient lead 2016/17
  • Melanie Hingorani, clinical lead
  • Tim Withers, patient experience lead (2017/18)
  • David Probert, chief executive and Johanna Moss, director of strategy and business development, on behalf of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

All the learning will remain online at until 2021 and the work of the UK Ophthalmology is expanding with the next members meeting scheduled for 1 June.


Award winners

Last updated: 29th March 2018