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The Local Care System on the Isle of Wight has developed a Local Care Plan that it will allow it to focus on those things that will make the biggest difference to improving the system and therefore people's lives in the shortest time. The Local Care Plan is made up of the number of programmes to improve the quality of services and health of residents and help support the Island's drive to improved financial sustainability. The key initiatives which make up the plan are summarised in the following paragraphs:
Acute Service Redesign - acute services are those where a patient receives typically short-term treatment for a severe injury or episode of illness, an urgent medical condition, or during recovery from surgery. This is a very important part of the NHS's work and we are exploring changes to the way we provide this type of care to ensure Islanders have access to high quality, affordable services that we can sustain into the future.
Co-ordinated Access - We have already combined health and care services into one hub at St Mary's hospital. This means the relevant services are all represented in the same building and can exchange information to ensure callers to the hospital, to 999 and 111 get the best and most appropriate response. We will be looking to expand this type of inter-service co-operation.
Community Service Redesign - We are working towards a model where as much care as possible can be provider closer to people's homes. To help this, the Island has been divided into three localities where primary care, community health and social services are all provided in a co-ordinated way. There is also a special focus on recovery and reablement services (for example, the type of services that help people to recover after a hospital stay) and on tackling issues associated with frailty, which affects our elderly population.
Hospital to Home - We want to minimise, where appropriate, the amount of time spent in hospital. The aim is to support people to enable them to return home so they can continue their recovery in a familiar and more suitable environment and we can ensure hospital beds are available for those who are most in need of them.
Mental Health Recovery - We are working on a plan to transform and improve mental health care which includes three key initiatives: Rehabilitation and Reablement - making sure the best treatment is provided in the optimum and most appropriate location; Acute Pathway Re-design - ensuring 24/7 access to the most appropriate care setting including a 'Safe Haven' and the development of an in-reach/out-reach acute model of care which supports people in an environment most suited to their needs; Community Pathway Re-design - delivering appropriate integrated community services focussing on supporting people early on to prevent them from needing inpatient treatment.
Transforming Learning Disabilities - Reducing reliance on institutional care through a major review of the way learning disabilities and social care are provided. The programme focuses on creating a better, more joined-up approach which will enable people to have more independence through closer working between health and social care and by offering a wider selection of support.
You can read the plan in full here
A ‘Question Time’ style event at which members of the public, local politicians, and interest groups will be invited to quiz a panel of local experts will kick-start a programme of events to discuss how acute (hospital based) services could be provided in the future on the Island.