In 2016 Age Friendly Island was a lucky recipient of one of ‘NHS England’s Celebrating Participation in Healthcare Grants’. These healthcare grants are awarded to showcase good practice approaches developed to involve people in healthcare.
The Isle of Wight has an ageing population and is working to create an ‘Age Friendly Island’ to support its ageing community. The Age Friendly Communities team within Age UK IW carried out a project in partnership with Tower House GP surgery to look at creating a blueprint for age friendly GP practices that can meet the needs of older patients. The Age Friendly Island team worked with a GP from Tower House Surgery in Ryde and their Patient Participation Group, (PPG) to hear their views on what the practice was doing well for older people, and what could be improved. This led to the development of the Age Friendly Surgeries Charter, a blueprint that offers surgeries a framework to work with and adapt where necessary. Age Friendly Island has produced a short film (see below) and a toolkit to help practices on the Isle of Wight and across the UK understand the importance, value, and purpose of becoming an age friendly practice.
NHS England has shared this example of good practice in a number of ways including on their website: https://www.england.nhs.uk/participation/success/communitygrants2016/