Residents in the south of the island are invited to have their say about plans for a new era of joined-up health, social care and wellbeing services in the area.
The development of the Southern Wellbeing Partnership is the latest stage in a far reaching programme to embed integrated care across the Isle of Man. It follows a successful pilot project in the west of the island and the launch of the Western Wellbeing Partnership in Peel in February 2020.
Providing streamlined health and care services as close to a person’s home as possible is at the heart of integrated care. Individuals are offered a single point of access to a range of health, social care and third sector services, and a team of practitioners work together to assess each person’s needs. It is an approach designed to deliver the right care at the right time and in the right place.
This model is now being developed for people registered with GP practices in the south, the Ballasalla and Castletown Medical Centres and the Southern Group Practice.
Three drop-in sessions are planned in the coming weeks for the public to find out more:
- Ballasalla: Thursday 10 September at Abbey Church Hall rom 2.30pm to 7pm
- Port Erin: Thursday 17 September at Thie Rosien from 2.30pm to 7pm
- Castletown: Thursday 24 September at The Engine House from 2.30 to 7pm
Minister for Health and Social Care David Ashford said:
‘This is an exciting step for the integrated care programme which I hope will be welcomed by local residents, as our goal is to provide health and social care services in a truly person-centred way. I’d urge anyone interested in the integrated care programme to call in at one of the drop-in events for an opportunity to chat to a member of our friendly team and share your views, ideas and suggestions over refreshments.’
‘The drop-in sessions are a chance for the public to find out about the benefits of this approach and to help shape a new era of integrated services in the area. Our dedicated team learned a great deal during our pilot in the west of the island, and the opening of our first Partnership was a genuine landmark in the advancement of locality-based services.’
Further information on the drop-in sessions can be gained by contacting the team on 686206 or mailing IntegratedCommunityCare.DHSC@gov.im