Isle of Wight chosen as national vanguard pilot site

An Isle of Wight project has been selected by NHS England to take a national lead in transforming care for people, families and carers and those using health and social care services.

The ‘My Life, a Full Life’ programme is an initiative on the island designed to get health, social care services, voluntary and community groups working together more effectively and efficiently to transform the lives of older people and those living with long-term conditions. It is being jointly led by the Clinical Commissioning Group, the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, the Isle of Wight Council and a wide range of voluntary and community organisations providing help and care to older people on the island.

The Isle of Wight partnership, along with Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, NHS North East Hampshire and Farnham CCG and 27 others from outside the Wessex area were chosen from 269 groups who put forward bids to access a share of a new £200 million transformation fund and tailored national support.

Suzanne Wixey, ‘My Life, a Full Life’ Programme Director, said: “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.”

An example of how this might work is Sam, an 84-year-old woman with multiple long term conditions. She sees her GP, hospital consultants, and district nurses on a regular basis. Her GP identifies that she could be at risk of admission to hospital if lonely, isolated and depressed.

First the GP will identify someone who will be her lead professional. This person will then work with the hospital consultants, district nurses and other professionals together with Sam to put a care plan in place which supports her to manage life at home. Then the lead professional will work through the new integrated locality team, which includes local voluntary groups as well as therapists and social services, to ensure that Sam is able to access social support. Thus reducing her isolation and enabling her to make new friends.

For more information, visit www.mylifeafulllife.com.