Tuesday 12 December 2017
Supporting the delivery of effective community care is one of the key aims underpinning the proposed transformation of health and care services, the President of the Committee for Health and Social Care has said.
In its 'Partnership of Purpose' policy letter, to be debated by the States this week, the Committee for Health & Social Care said its vision of care closer to the community will be supported by the establishment of Community Hubs, providing integrated health and wellbeing services supported by HSC's primary campus at the PEH site and the satellite campus in Alderney.
Moving care closer to home is not about simply relocating services, it is about providing a model that works for the user. By considering the needs of islanders, HSC is seeking to develop multi-disciplinary teams (including social care, mental health and other service professionals) to provide holistic, high quality community care in response to the community's needs.
Deputy Heidi Soulsby, President of the Committee for Health & Social Care, said:
'While the current system gears investment towards acute care, community services provide vital care out of hospital for hundreds of islanders. From children's services to care for older people and end-of-life support, the community sector plays a crucial role in supporting islanders and responding to their health and care needs. The feedback received from the public and health and care professionals indicated a strong desire to build upon these foundations and ensure that this is a central aspect of future care models.'
Karen Leach, Service Manager, Community Health and Care, said:
'We have an opportunity to create services that put people at the centre of how we design and deliver care. As we all live longer due to better diagnosis and treatment of disease more care in people's homes will be provided. Our aim will be to maximise independence and our care staff will work with people using person-centred care plans to regain or sustain independence in their own homes.
'With earlier intervention unnecessary admissions to hospital will be reduced with more patients discharged from hospital sooner. This means less disruption to family life and people receiving care in the place of their choice.