We are working to ensure that children on the Isle of Wight are supported to get the best start in life that will lead to good health and wellbeing. This will provide the foundation to ensure they are able to achieve the best opportunities and keep as healthy and well as possible throughout their lives.
We want to ensure that families, individuals and communities are thriving and resilient with access to good jobs, affordable housing, leisure activities, lifelong training, education and learning, health and care services are are able to enjoy the place in which they live.
We want to ensure that people on the Isle of Wight are able to live independently in their own homes with appropriate care support. We want to make sure older residents are supported to play an active role in their communities and supported to maintain and develop their social and community networks.
This work, which included an extensive public engagement exercise, was part of the ‘vanguard’ programme run through NHS England.
It looked at a range of issues including frailty, urgent care, women and children, primary care, mental health and long term conditions.
This plan will not repeat the same listening exercise, because your feedback was clear.
Two key themes emerged from our conversations with the community during My Life A Full Life. They were ownership and prevention.
People told us that they wanted to take more responsibility for managing their own health care needs but in many cases needed the tools, knowledge and support to do so.
Prevention emerged as a key theme, both in terms of promoting good public health but also in helping people to manage their long term conditions – to prevent them from worsening and reducing the need for admission to hospital.
We heard from a lot of people that investing in care out of hospital was vital.
Through engagement with Patient Participation Groups and our local GP services, your views were made clear.
We recognise that more needs to be done to support people when they leave hospital and particularly when they do not have an existing network of friends or family around them.
Working more closely with the voluntary sector will be important as we look at extending our primary care teams to better support those who most need our help.
People felt very strongly about the need to provide more care in the community. There was concern expressed about the levels of isolation and loneliness across the Island, particularly among older people.
Read our plan