In 2015, Sunderland won funding as one of the first vanguard sites in England and started a journey to radically change the way health and social care was delivered to those who need it most.

The All Together Better Sunderland vanguard programme brought a wide range of specialist care providers together to explore how best to work together as one team and improve services for local people in line with the NHS Five Year Forward View.

The overarching aim is to provide better, more efficient community-based, GP-led care using new ways of working, new technologies and improved planning in order to keep people as well as possible and out of hospital. This website provides a range of information and resources that demonstrates the work.

Latest News and Case Studies from ATB Sunderland

Caring for carers thanks to All Together Better

A Sunderland carer has praised a specialised, free training course set up to help those looking after someone who has a long term health condition. Alan Crawford, from Ryhope, cares for his wife Chris, who lives with debilitating health problems requiring...

Safe and sound with Self Care in Sunderland

People across Sunderland are being supported to understand the “self care” skills required to enhance their lives and those of loved ones. Through All Together Better Sunderland – an NHS funded programme that brings health and social care together along with other...

Joined up care gets Eddie back on his feet

A Sunderland man is on the pathway to independence, with a joined-up health and social care team behind him every step of the way. Eddie Bowmaker, 80, from Ryhope suffered a number of nasty falls which left him weak and unsteady. He is now getting back on his feet,...