Education's co-location proposals, which could see the Grammar School site turned into a Community Hub, have received the backing of Health & Social Care.
"The Partnership of Purpose sets out a commitment to transform health and care services by offering joined-up services, where people are valued, listened to, informed, respected and involved throughout their health and care journey," said HSC Vice-President Rhian Tooley.
"The States decision to transform education in the Bailiwick has provided the perfect opportunity for us to demonstrate our commitment to transform our services and enable Education, Health & Social Care and the voluntary and charitable sector to work together to plan for the co-location of services for the benefit of those we serve.
"Working closer together will deliver benefits to the community through the opportunities for collaborative working which will improve and enhance the services collectively provided."
Officers from both Committees have worked together on co-location proposals over three phases:
"Phasing the co-location proposals means that the community will feel benefits as soon as possible and we do not have to wait until the various infrastructure works for the 11-18 Colleges are complete," said Deputy Tooley, who is also a member of ESC.
Deputy Rhian Tooley.
"Physically amalgamating family-centred services will enable teams to integrate and work more effectively in supporting the families we serve."
Co-location in the 11-18 Colleges will improve service delivery for students and the families as well as reducing lost time to education in attending appointments during school time. It will also allow for closer multi-agency working.
The long term proposals for a Community Hub at Les Varendes are subject to further feasibility investigations.
As well as providing statutory services, it is hoped the Community Hub would bring together primary health services as well as community centred care. In addition there may be opportunities for housing advice, adult education, a community gym etc. Social prescribing will be a key feature that will be used to connect people with local community resources. This will build on social prescribing activities that are being carried out by voluntary and charitable groups in the Bailiwick today.
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