Islands of innovation: embracing new ways and new roles


Islands of innovation: embracing new ways and new roles

Collaboration, Compassion and Ambition 2019 - 4th December 2019
50 minutes; 11:50 and 13:20

Island communities share issues such as outward migration, an ageing population, a limited workforce skills base within a small population, and difficulties with recruitment and retention of specific staff. These challenges demand innovative workforce planning and creativity in the design and delivery of services. They have a unique opportunity to rapidly test and develop new models of care, offering transferable learning for mainland and urban systems.

The session will present two examples of innovative integrated workforce reform in island communities in the Western Isles and Isle of Arran. Both presentations will focus on the ‘how’ of integrated workforce reform including their approach to community engagement, professional leadership, workforce development and changing team culture.

This workshop will share practical experience of implementing new models of care in island communities through creativity, innovation and co-production. It will identify and explore lessons for new ways of working that have potential for replication and shared learning across Scotland. Delegates will understand how to:

  • Build leadership and generic capacity within community teams to shift activity from GP practices, and enhance service resilience
  • Deliver integrated health and social care teams around practices in a more sustainable place based model of care
  • Empower and involve staff in workforce reform
  • Identify and overcome barriers to new ways of working
  • Access, and add to, knowledge resources provided by the ALLIANCE, Scottish Rural Medicine Collaborative, NES Collaborative Leadership in Practice, and the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) special interest groups and webinars.

To ensure the session enables knowledge transfer to action, delegates will have an opportunity to explore one of three areas of inquiry in group discussions facilitated by the workshop leaders:

  • How will you enhance the capability of your existing workforce in the next 12 months?
  • What helps create a unified team culture in your local workforce reform?
  • How will your local workforce plan, build resilience and support peope and communities to care for themselves and each other?

This workshop is by International Centre for Integrated Care with Western Isles HSCP and North Ayrshire HSCP.

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