A GROUND breaking initiative which will put the
Isle of Wight at the forefront of caring for elderly and
vulnerable people in the future has been agreed by the
Council's Cabinet and the Island's NHS Primary Care Trust
The Memorandum of Understanding between the Primary Care Trust
and the Council will see formal shared working arrangements,
financing and delivery of services between the Council and the
The first part of the agreement shows both
organisations being committed to working together to
improve the health of the Island's population.
The move will see a wide ranging review of the
property assets of both parties and an agreed plan for
It will enable both organisations to use their
budgets more efficiently so that they can provide better
care for the Island's increasingly elderly
The Council and the PCT are the first in the
country to make the step towards more formal joint
It will enable both organisations to reduce the cost of caring
for residents and patients -- whilst at the same time
initiating a shift from acute to community care across the Isle
The Island is uniquely placed to bring together the resources
of the two public sector organisations to provide the best
possible services for the community.
Nationally, the Island's approach is being
upheld as a good example of joint working and an
opportunity to tackle some of the challenges which other
areas are defeated by.
The Memorandum of Understanding will be officially launched at
a White Paper Conference which is due to take place on the
Island on April 19.
Sarah Mitchell, the Isle of Wight Council's Director of Adult
and Community Services, said: "This is a ground breaking
initiative. The Isle of Wight Council and the Island's Primary
Care Trust are the first in the country to have made this step
to formalise joint working.
The initiative tackles the need for the Primary Care Trust to
break even and for the Council to make the best use of its
property portfolio whilst at the same time ensuring that we
have the funds in place to provide care for residents and
patients in the future."
Ed Macalister-Smith, Chief Executive of the
Primary Care Trust, said "It was exciting to be able to
report to the local population that the two key public
services on the Island, and the two largest employers,
were working together to improve health on the Island.
Local people have a right to expect that we will act
together like this".
Councillor Dawn Cousins, the Council's Cabinet member for
Island Health and Community Well Being, added: "The driving
force behind the Memorandum of Understanding is to achieve a
better service for local people. We have to achieve a shift
from acute to community care which will benefit both patients
and clients alike.
Residents have consistently told us that they would prefer to
be cared for at home rather than in a nursing home or hospital.
This change will help us achieve this by freeing up valuable
Issue date: 7 February 2007
For fu rther information please contact
Viv Bennett, Communications Manager, Isle of
Wight NHS Primary Care Trust on 01983 534184 or
David Newble at Isle of Wight Council media and
communications office on 01983 821000 ext 5105 or