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Working together to deliver care locally

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:

  • Community Nursing
  • District Nursing
  • Long Term Conditions – Social Work
  • Reviews – Social Work
  • Transitions – Social Work
  • First Response – Social Work
  • Hospital Social Work
  • Safeguarding – Social Work
  • Rehab, Reablement and Respite
  • Self-Directed Support
  • Community Occupational Therapy
  • Community Physiotherapy
  • Local Area Coordination
  • Care Navigation
  • Community Mental Health Practitioners
  • Primary Care (GPs)

‘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:

  • Integrated Community Nursing Services
  • Adult Social Care, Community Therapy Services: Community Rehabilitation (including community occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy)
  • Housing & Adaptations Occupational Therapy Team
  • Liaison and aligned working when required from the Crisis Response Team

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.