Recruitment underway for a Lay-Chair for the WISR board [see below]

Press Release 

November 26, 2015 

Recruitment underway for lay chair for Whole Integrated Systems Redesign (WISR) Board

The search is on for the right person to help lead new moves to improve the way health and wellbeing is delivered on the Isle of Wight.

Partners in the ground-breaking My Life a Full Life programme are looking for a lay person to chair the next phase of their work to bring together services supporting the Island’s health and wellbeing. This phase of work – the Whole Integrated System Redesign – or WISR – is being funded from the £3.41 million the Island has so far received as part of the national NHS New Care Models programme to transform the way health and care is delivered across England.

My Life a Full Life is one of the 50 projects across England developing new ways of providing care and wellbeing services, under the New Care Models programmes. The new models developed, will act as blueprints for the future of the health and wellbeing system in England.

Besides delivering benefits for people, the project will also help ensure health and wellbeing provision is sustainable given the fact that more and more people are living longer, often with complex needs, at a time when NHS and local authority funding is struggling to keep pace with demand.

On the Island, the My Life a Full Life programme has led the way in meeting that challenge and is now entering the next stage through its WISR work. The programme is seeking to appoint to its redesign board, an independent lay chair, who has strong links to the Island.

Dr John Rivers, GP and Chair for the My Life a Full Life programme said: “Care services on the Island are under significant pressure.  With an ageing population and rising demands on services we know that we must adapt our Island based services to provide the best quality of care for service users and carers.  To get the best from the Island’s systems we need a root and branch review to establish where we can make changes that will improve the quality of services and outcomes for Islanders and also be more efficient.”

“During this process we will be inviting all lslanders to work in partnership with us to develop services in a way which reflects local needs.  Having a lay person in such an important role within the redesign review will ensure that Islander’s voices are at the very heart of the decision-making process.”

More details about the role and how to apply can be found on http://www.mylifeafulllife.com/wisr.htm . Applications by Curriculum Vitae.  Closing date 18th December 2015.