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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 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.
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.