More about the Programme

All Together Better brings together health and social care teams, as well as the community and voluntary sector, to create a brand new way of delivering care in Sunderland.

Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group; Sunderland City Council; Age UK Sunderland; Sunderland Carers Centre; local Hospital Trusts who provide services like nursing care in the city; pharmacies and therapies; as well as all local GPs, are working in partnership to create All Together Better, which provides round-the-clock support for those who need it most.

All Together Better is a trailblazing partnership that brings together health and social care professionals with a range of local support organisations, to improve the lives of people in Sunderland who need the most help and support to live independently – usually people with several complex conditions or who are too frail to look after themselves fully.


The initiative is designed to get some of the frailest people in our society back on their feet as quickly as possible, allowing them to live independently with care that is wrapped around them, and that takes into account their health, social and emotional needs. It also aims to help the carers – like family members – who look after these people to make sure they have the support they need to continue to do so.

The programme was launched in 2015, after the NHS invited partnerships to apply to become a ‘vanguard’ – or pilot – site that will trial new ways of working designed to improve care standards for local people and use NHS services in a more cost effective and targeted way.

Sunderland is one of the very first ‘vanguard’ sites in the UK, and its work will help lead the way on developing a new way of working that may be rolled out nationally in the future.

By bringing care teams of all kinds together, those who need the most help and support will be able to live life as fully as possible, in the best health as possible, and remain in their home environment – which could be a care home, an extra care facility, sheltered accommodation, their own home or living with family – and not in hospital.

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