With an aging population, rising obesity rates and health inequalities across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, we need a radical whole-system approach to prevent ill health and support the challenges facing the organisations who provide health and care services.
We are focusing on supporting improvements in healthy life expectancy and reducing the dependency on health and care services through a radical upgrade in prevention, early intervention and selfcare. We plan to have a sustained focus on delivering prevention at scale across Hampshire and Isle of Wight, supporting work taking place within local systems and by individual organisations.
What is our approach?
Embedding prevention into health and care pathways
We are working to deliver the following changes throughout the region:
- Systematic identification and treatment of smoking in hospitals, so that all smokers attending our hospitals are offered support to quit in a Smokefree setting.
- Improving identification and delivery of Alcohol Brief Intervention across primary care networks so that more increasing and high-risk drinkers can be referred to specialist alcohol services.
- Integration of prevention, mental health support and rehab into musculoskeletal (MSK) pathways for improved mental health and quality of life for patients with MSK conditions.
- Supporting all maternity services deliver an accredited evidence based infant feeding programme.
- Developing a framework to enable a consistent approach to social prescribing across the system, reducing social isolation and resulting health issues.
Delivery of prevention programmes at scale
- Implementing the Healthier You Diabetes Prevention Programme so that fewer people develop Type II Diabetes.
- Large scale roll-out of Making Every Contact Count for front line staff in the NHS as part of the Behaviour Change Development Framework, enabling all staff to achieve an appropriate level of behaviour change skills
- Identify people at risk of developing heart disease to initiate interventions to reduce this risk.
- Preventing suicides across Hampshire and Isle of Wight through targeted schemes including primary care, tackling risk factors to suicide, self-harm and bereavement support
- Improving uptake of cancer screening programmes including the roll out of the new FIT Bowel Cancer Screening, increasing first time attendances for breast screening and enabling better access for people with learning disabilities.
- Increasing uptake of routine childhood immunisations.
- Increasing uptake of flu vaccination by at-risk populations under 65 years
Improving health for those with the poorest outcomes
- Implementation of the smoke free maternity pathway to enable pregnant women who smoke, and their families, to access stop smoking support and quit smoking.
- Improving the physical health for people with severe mental illness (SMI) through increasing the number of people with SMI receiving a physical health assessment and increasing support for behaviour change and preventative interventions.
- Supporting uptake of screening programmes by people with learning disabilities.