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c “ Jersey is a great place to live, but, like other


ountries, we know that we face some challenges – now and in the future





Over 1300 Islanders responded to our consultation, and the vast majority (86%) supported option 3 – a redesign of health and social care. A small proportion of respondents supported option 1 (keeping the services exactly the same as they are now, even though this would increase costs significantly) and a small number also supported option 2 (keeping the budget the same, and introducing ‘rationing’ or closing some services).


We are now developing a White Paper. This will provide more detail on how we are planning to redesign our health and social care services to meet the challenges that we know about. We will be changing our services so that people are seen in the right place, at the right time, by the right teams – and so that you have choices in your care. Here are some of our plans.


A quarter of people have a long term condition like heart disease, lung disease or dementia. They currently use a disproportionate amount of resources (5% of patients use 50% of hospital beds) – but evidence from around the world shows that many people can be cared for at home, and so don’t need the disruption of having to frequently visit the Emergency Department and be admitted. We will increase our community teams, and provide 24-hour care in peoples’ own homes. We will also develop ‘intermediate’ care teams for people who are unwell, but don’t need to be in a hospital ward. We will develop more resources, advice and support in Parishes, for example an ‘active ageing centre’. This will provide help for patients,


carers and their families, and we will provide choice over your end of life, enabling you to die at home if you want to.


As we are a small island we will never be able to provide every single service that a large hospital in London or Paris could, but we must continue to provide the full range of emergency services. Some people will still need to be treated by overseas specialists, but we will change services so that more of this care is provided on island, with specialists travelling here or holding appointments using video links to reduce travel time and cost to patients.


Children’s services will be increased, and we will be providing better packages for foster carers, to increase the options for children who cannot live with their birth parents. We will also wrap services around the child, and provide more input earlier in life – including during pregnancy for families that might have the highest support needs.


Early support will be a theme – both for individuals to take control of their own health, and for services. For example, we need more ‘talking therapies’ for people with low level anxiety and depression, available in a range of settings that don’t feel ‘institutionalised’. We will also provide more ‘self help’ advice and support to help people to live healthy, active and productive lives and to maximise their wellbeing. Just like in the past months, we will continue to work with hundreds of health and social services staff, with GPs, third sector and Parishes as we


develop our plans. Your views continue to be critical to this, and we look forward to hearing your feedback on our plans in early 2012. We will then start to introduce the changes in service delivery that I have outlined here so that, now and into the future, we can all enjoy health and social services that are safe, affordable and fit for the future.


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