Background The integrated care concept is being implemented world-wide but is often considered setting-specific. Small islands are one of these settings which face particular issues. Hospice Isle of Man is taking a measured approach, from which we hope that others might be able to benefit.
Aim To develop a strategy for integrated palliative and end of life care on a small island.
Create connections and networks to support the planning, implementation and evaluation stages of the work
Identify, via a needs assessment, what works, what gaps need filled and what matters to the population and professionals
Identify particular issues facing small islands and ensure that any recommendations for change lead to solutions which are sustainable in the longer term.
Results to date Hospice Isle of Man formed relationships with the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) and IFIC Scotland who facilitated two face-to-face stakeholder meetings in 2017 and 2018. Using an example of a patient journey, areas that could be improved were identified. As a result, Hospice Isle of Man, public health care providers and charities meet bi-monthly to discuss the progress of the needs assessment and consider how to work more closely together. Engagement activities for the needs assessment have included members of the public, patients and carers, schoolchildren, community groups, public and private health care providers, nursing home staff and residents with their families.
Conclusions Many of the issues encountered are similar to those in other settings and proximity does not always lead to closeness although personal connections are an advantage. There is some consistency so far in the views of participants that we aim for the right care, in the right place at the right time, although the small island setting presents some unique challenges.
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