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.
A crucial part of transforming community services is being able to provide broad, high quality care and support services in our ‘market’ to support local people.
Work on this area started in 2016 with a systems-wide ‘market summit’ to inform the commissioning strategies for both the Local Authority (LA) and Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (IWCCG).
A market position statement was then developed to identify what both organisations want to achieve, the type of partners they want to work with and to drive forward the ambition of providing more care closer to home. This statement will enable them to meet statutory requirements, but also crucially, encourage new providers - both to the Island and from the Island - to help meet the increasing demands of the local community. It will also help identify and fill existing service gaps and provide greater transparency around costs.
A Health and Social Care Market event was also held - with representatives and information available from adult social care, health, home support, care home providers and voluntary organisations, to help carers and those funding their own care to be able to make better informed choices.