Holsworthy community involvement

Read the latest Holsworthy Community Involvement Group position statement (all statements are available to view at the bottom of this page)

Working with the local community to better understand health and social care needs

The CCG is working with the local community of Holsworthy, and the surrounding area, to better understand the local populations’ health and social care needs for the future.

A group - predominantly made up of local people, community leaders and representatives with support from the NHS - will develop a set of recommendations about future need in the Holsworthy area.

These recommendations, along with clinical, financial and logistical considerations, will inform decisions about future models of care for wider community consideration, which may be subject to consultation.

If successful, this pioneering collaborative approach could be rolled out across the county.

A bespoke solution to health and social care

The CCG recognises that Holsworthy is in a remote location and therefore requires a bespoke solution to health and social care needs in the community to address the challenges it faces.

Public health data – taken from the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) – shows that that, compared to other areas of Devon, Holsworthy has:

  • Fewer people of working age, and a greater number in the 64-85 age range
  • Lower birth rates
  • Lower numbers of emergency and admissions to hospital
  • Higher rates of income deprivation
  • Higher levels of working age people on benefits
  • Higher levels of carers providing more than 50 hours care a week.
  • Overall, people’s health is worse than elsewhere, though this is often hidden.

The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment looks at the current and future health and care needs of local populations to inform and guide the planning and commissioning (buying) of health, well-being and social care services within a local authority area.

The CCG wants to work with people in Holsworthy and the surrounding areas to provide the services that help people to stay healthy and support them when they’re ill.

View the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) for Holsworthy Download a presentation outlining the public health needs in Holsworthy

What healthcare currently looks like in Holsworthy

A graphic explaining what healthcare currently looks like in Holsworthy. Click on the image to download the graphic

Healthcare services

Healthcare services include primary care services (such as GP surgeries, opticians and pharmacies), community services (such as district nursing and mental health), and a range of other key services.

Care in people’s homes

A team of 37 health and social care staff, in Holsworthy and the surrounding areas, work to rehabilitate patients, avoid admissions and promote health, wellbeing and independence.

Holsworthy Hospital

Holsworthy also has a community hospital – one of five in Northern Devon. Services are mainly provided by the Northern Devon Healthcare

NHS Trust (NDHT) and a range of other providers, including Devon Partnership NHS Trust (mental health services) and Virgin Healthcare (children’s services).

Beds at Holsworthy community hospital were temporarily closed by Northern Devon Healthcare Trust (NDHT) in March 2017. At this time, the beds remain temporarily closed. Other services at the hospital remain operational.

In April 2018, the CCG formally requested NDHT to provide an implementation plan to reopen inpatient beds at Holsworthy Community Hospital.

Having received the plan, the CCG is now working with NDHT to assess the risks involved so it can be safely implemented.

Holsworthy Hospital inpatient beds implementation plan Download a graphic outlining what healthcare currently looks like in Holsworthy

Holsworthy Community Involvement Group

Holsworthy Community Involvement Group was set up and met for the first time on Tuesday 12 June 2018.

Its role is to build on the engagement activity already undertaken in the community, using statistical information, local workforce information, clinical expertise and lay perspective to develop a series of options for the future.

These recommendations, along with clinical, financial and logistical considerations, will inform decisions about future models of care for wider community consideration, which may be subject to consultation.

The terms of reference, membership, agenda and updates from the meetings are available below.

Holsworthy Community Involvement Group terms of reference
12 June 2018
12 June 2018: Holsworthy Community Involvement Group - Agenda 12 June 2018: Holsworthy Community Involvement Group - Minutes 12 June 2018: Holsworthy Community Involvement Group - Action log
26 June 2018
26 June 2018: Holsworthy Community Involvement Group - Agenda

Holsworthy Community Involvement Group position statements

April 2018: Holsworthy Community Involvement Group - position statement 1 May 2018: Holsworthy Community Involvement Group - position statement 2 12 June 2018: Holsworthy Community Involvement Group - position statement 3 26 June 2018 Holsworthy Community Involvement Group - position statement 4 10 July 2018 Holsworthy Community Involvement Group - position statement 5

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