NHS vanguards, under-pressure to perform, required better contracting and data management arrangements with evaluation teams, to ensure that integrated service outcomes could be reported effectively. This communication reflects the experience of evaluating an NHS vanguard and suggests how academic teams can improve capacity for complex programme evaluation of rapid improvements in integrated services. This should be based on a shared commitment to data collection and management. Also, robust knowledge exchange processes can enable systems change and sustainability. The identifying features of the particular site have been withheld.
- NHS vanguard
- integrated care
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Contributors SFD drafted the communication with contributions from SH and SA on the content which was based on vanguard evaluation experience. All authors contributed to the final version and approved the submission.
Funding The evaluation research was funded by NHS England via the NHS vanguard site (details of site withheld) and the evaluation report was published separately in conjunction with the NHS vanguard programme. This communication reflects on some of the findings from this work.
Disclaimer The views expressed are those of the author(s), and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.
Competing interests None declared.
Patient consent for publication Not required.
Ethics approval The evaluation was approved by the university ethics committee
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
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