About Isle of Wight NHS Trust
The Isle of Wight NHS Trust (the Trust) was formally established from 1st April 2012, marking the transfer of the provision of services from the Isle of Wight NHS Primary Care Trust (PCT) in accordance with the requirements of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
The new Trust works to the guiding principle of “showing our patients we care”. This means that the Trust is focused on maintaining and improving the quality of patient care and providing integrated, accessible services on the Isle of Wight.
The Isle of Wight is the largest off-shore community in England and Wales, with a resident population of approximately 140,000. This figure doubles in the holiday season with the Island receiving approximately 2.8 million visitors each year. The Trust provides a unique portfolio of services across acute hospital services, ambulance services, community services, mental health services and prison health care. Providing these core elements of the healthcare system in one organisation has provided an unprecedented opportunity to create and deliver truly integrated care. Operating as a fully integrated provider enables the Trust to deliver more seamless ‘end to end’ care for our patients.
In 2012-13 revenue is forecast to be around £160m, for services delivered by a workforce of almost 2,900 (full time equivalent staff). The Trust is committed to personal development and has strong links with Southampton, Portsmouth and Bournemouth Universities. In addition to the central hospital site of St Mary's, with 242 beds and approximately 22,700 inpatient admissions each year, there are a variety of health clinics and community bases across the Island from which many of the Trust's services are delivered.
The Isle of Wight has a track record of delivery of high quality services, meeting national and local targets, adapting clinical services to meet changing demand and responding to meet local patient needs. The Audit Commission evaluation of the 2010/11 quality account was extremely positive, reporting good governance arrangements to support the management of quality within provider services. All services have achieved NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) Level 1 accreditation. At the most recent assessment (for acute, mental health and ambulance – in February 2011) the Trust’s services scored 68 out of a possible 70 points – the best result ever achieved against the NHSLA standards
The Trust has a track record of improving patient safety and patient experience including significantly reducing the incidence of Healthcare Associated Infections. Recent patient surveys have indicated relatively high satisfaction levels with the services provided within inpatient, outpatient and community service areas. Ten compliments are received for every complaint.
Review of services is ongoing from a clinical, financial and sustainability perspective. There is a continued focus on the development of clinically led and quality focused services to meet the challenges of rising demand and structural changes in the NHS and there is constant exploration of new and innovative ideas and concepts, including looking to NHS and other health care providers to identify best practice and new ways of working to improve and enhance local services. The Trust is currently focusing on reducing mortality rates, improving rehabilitation services, strengthening community mental health services and improving end of life care.
The Trust Board is currently composed of a Chairman and 4 additional non executive directors ( with one vacancy ) together with 6 executive directors covering the following portfolios:
• Chief Executive
• Medical Director and Acting Chief Operating Officer
• Director of Finance and Information Management & Technology and Acting Deputy Chief Executive
• Chief Nurse and Director of Infection Prevention & Control
• Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development (non-voting member)
• Foundation Trust Programme Director (non-voting member)
The Trust is looking to achieve Foundation Trust status by April 2014. NHS Foundation Trusts are a key part of the reform programme in the NHS. NHS foundation trusts are able to provide a more responsive health service to their local communities as a result of the direct involvement of their patients, staff and other local people. In addition, they have more financial flexibility and freedoms to invest in research, innovation and facilities that ensure the delivery of good quality, personal healthcare.
NHS Foundation Trusts are managed by a Board of Directors which is accountable to patients, staff and the local public. This Board will continue to be made up of executive and non-executive directors. The Board of Directors works alongside a Council of Governors which is also chaired by the Foundation Trust Chairman. The Council of Governors is composed of a majority of public governors elected by the Trust’s membership along with stakeholder governors and staff governors.
More information such as business plans, annual reports and further information about services, is available on the website: http://www.iow.nhs.uk