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.
The Island has committed to full integration of community based health and care services by 2020. As part of this, Integrated Localities are being created to deliver a coordinated approach from professionals in each of the three localities on the Island; South Wight, North-East and West & Central. In these localities health and care professionals, independent providers, voluntary and community groups will work together to design an individualised approach to help a person remain in the community in which they live, helping to meet their emotional, physical and psychological needs.
They will bring together a skilled workforce within the community, and empower local people to be active participants in their own care and maintain independence and control.
Such a complex provision is reliant on partnership and support from many people, groups and organisations and will comprise existing Isle of Wight NHS Trust community staff, Isle of Wight ASC community staff, Public Health and voluntary sector, namely from:
‘Locality hubs’ have been created to help support people from different organisations to work together in the local community in and around specific localities. The first of the three hubs was launched at the end of February 2017 in the North-East locality at Ryde Health & Wellbeing Centre and the second at the beginning of June 2017 in Sandown (Sandown Barracks). Some key locality team members are now based in these buildings and staff in the core community services will use the hub as a base and for joint meetings so as to work more closely together towards more integrated care.
The hubs will be used by a range of services such as:
As this programme rolls out, additional services closely involved in people’s care will be added in each locality.
Work is also underway to consider the most appropriate location for a hub in the West & Central Locality. Discussions with the community point to the need for more than one hub for this area, given that it spans such a wide area and with considerable geographical differences and varied challenges.
Watch a short video below about integrated locality working and the difference it is making to people's health and care on the Island.