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Community Health Partnerships.

Community Health Partnerships

In this section:

Health and Care Act – the formation of Hants & IW NHS Integrated Care System

Hants and IW Voluntary Sector Alliance – HIVCA

Community Action IW Voluntary Sector Health Partnership Officer’s role

Lunch and Learn Information sessions for health and care professionals

Schedule of Learn and Learn sessions and previous recordings

Project Fusion – the formation of a single Trust to deliver mental health and learning disabilities service across Hampshire and Isle of Wight

Health And Care Act

In July 2022, after amendments to the Health and Care Act, 42 Integrated Care Systems were introduced across England, replacing the Clinical Commissioning Groups with Integrated Care Boards and combining the commissioning functions of the CCGS with some functions of NHS England. These amendments also moved the voluntary coalitions of NHS providers, local authorities and voluntary sector partners on to a statutory footing.

In the Hampshire and Isle of Wight area, 4 Placed-based partnerships (Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton) came together to form the Hampshire and Isle of Wight ICB (HIOW ICB), delegating local decision making to the area’s NHS Trusts.

Each ICB is also required to establish an Integrated Care Partnership with the local authorities and representatives from health, social care, public health, the voluntary and independent sectors. The ICP will be required to develop a strategy to address the health, social care and public health needs of its System.


Voluntary Sector Alliance (HIVCA)

Each ICP has been tasked with forming a collaboration with the Voluntary Sector in their area. The HIOW ICP has decided to fund a Voluntary Sector Alliance (called HIVCA) which will integrate Voluntary Sector groups and organisations with the Integrate Care System.

Action Hampshire, another CVS organisation like Community Action IW, has been chosen as the convenor for this Alliance. They are actively seeking membership from Hampshire and Isle of Wight voluntary groups and organisations, and have a number of representative roles on the Alliance’s Leadership Committee. For more information please see their website


Community Action Voluntary Sector Health Partnership Officer

Sandy Belfitt joined Community Action IW in November 2022 as the Voluntary Sector Health Partnerships Officer. This was a new role in response to the establishment of the HIOW ICB and ICP. Sandy’s role is to support operational and strategic partnership working between voluntary sector organisations and the NHS and other public sector partners working on the delivery of Integrated Care System aims and objectives.

Sandy works part-time and remotely and can be contacted


Lunch and Learn Information Sessions

Lunch and Learn Information sessions are primarily aimed at health and care professionals but anyone can join the session through the Zoom link below. These sessions commenced in July 2023 and are weekly on Tuesdays from 1pm. Each week a different voluntary sector peer support group or organisation will give a 15 mins presentation about how their group/organisation supports islanders with long term health conditions or mental health issues.

Below you can see a schedule of presentations and recordings from previous weeks.

To join the Zoom session click here:

Meeting ID: 870 8137 9613
Passcode: 099681

Schedule of Lunch and Learn Sessions and Previous Recordings


Project Fusion – Community Mental Health Review

In January 2022 the HIOW ICB commissioned an independent review of community, mental health and learning disability services across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to find out how to meet current and future demands for these services. A copy of the review can be found here 220531_HIOW_CMH_Review_-_final_report.pdf (

One of the Review’s recommendations was the formation of a single, new Trust to bring together the services delivered by Solent NHS Trust, Southern Health NHS Foundation, community, mental health and learning disability services currently provided by Isle of Wight NHS Trust  and Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAM) Services provided by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in Hampshire.

The work to form the new Trust has been called Project Fusion as it brings together community, mental health and learning disability services across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

If you would like to find out more about the Review, Project Fusion or the new Trust, or would like to provide feedback, please go to their website


Schedule of presentations & associated recordings:

18th July

Wessex Cancer Trust – local branch of Wessex Cancer who support people living with all types of cancer

25th July

Alzheimer’s Society – local branch of Alzheimer’s Society

Alzheimer Society Leaflet

Friendship group

Ryde Drop-in poster

1st August

Sight for Wight – support for people with eye and sight conditions

8th August

Alzheimer’s Café

15th August

Menopause IW

22nd August

Paragon (You Trust) – Domestic abuse

What do Paragon Offer

29th August

Breathe Easy – support for people with respiratory problems including lung disease and asthma

5th September

Breakout Youth

12th September

Wight Sense – support for people with hearing and sight issues and loss

19th September

Living Well Early Help Community Development Ventnor – what support is available for residents of Ventnor

26th September


Citizen’s Advice Home & Well Programme

3rd October

Isle Find It – the island’s comprehensive directory of services


10th October


IW Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus

17th October

IW Prostate Cancer Support Group


24th October

Singing for Breathing – supporting people with respiratory problems (part of Independent Arts)

31st October

Carers IW – support for people caring for others with long term conditions


7th November

Wessex Cancer Trust – an update on the support available for people living with cancer

14th November

Isorropia – support with mental health issues

21st November

John’s Club – supporting people with learning disabilities

28th November

People Matter

5th December

West Wight Men in Sheds – supporting men with mental health issues, including loneliness and isolation

12th December


19th December



2024 Timetable

9th January 2024


16th January Community Connector/LWEH Freshwater

23rd January


17th October



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