It follows a successful bid to become a national Vanguard pilot site by My Life A Full Life, which is a partnership between the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group, Isle of Wight Council and the GP collaborative One Wight Health.
The Isle of Wight was chosen from amongst 269 other groups who put forward bids to access a share of a new £200 million transformation fund and tailored national support. From April, partners will build on the work already carried out under My Life A Full Life, working together with Adult Social Care, Public Health, the voluntary and third sector to deliver integrated care and support on the Island.
Suzanne Wixey, My Life A Full Life Programme Director, said:
“We are delighted at the announcement that we will become a vanguard site, delivering health and social care that is really focused on the people, families and carers using our services.
“We will build on work already begun through My Life a Full a Life and create new models of care and support which will be delivered in the community. The focus will be on preventing people from becoming ill in the first place, using digital technology to its fullest advantage and giving people a single point of access to all their health and social care needs. Care will be delivered closer to people’s homes, led by GPs and teams made up of many different disciplines, with less care in hospital and more in local communities.”
Commenting on the announcement, Karen Baker, Chief Executive of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust said:
“Being awarded the opportunity to become a national leader in new ways of delivering health and social care is a real endorsement of the hard work of our staff, both health, social care and our voluntary and private sector providers, here on the Isle of Wight. We are delighted that NHS England has recognised that the Trust and our partners have an ambitious vision and a solid track record in making tangible progress towards new ways of working, as evidenced through the My Life A Full Life programme. Working closely with our partners, we are looking forward to the additional resources that Vanguard status will bring to the Island, for the benefit of our people, families and carers and those who use our services.”
Councillor Steve Stubbings, Executive member for adult social care and community wellbeing at the Isle of Wight Council, said:
“The additional funding and resources that the Vanguard status will bring to the Island is excellent news and will support our ongoing work to integrate health and social care services on the Island to provide better care for residents within our community. The My Life A Full Life programme has already demonstrated the benefits of closer working between health and social care services and through the Vanguard scheme we will be able to progress our ambitious integration agenda for the Island.”