ABOUT THE INTEGRATED HEALTH SERVICE PLAN (IHSP)

1. What is an Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP)?

2. How was the IHSP developed?

3. What are the top priorities identified in the IHSP?

4. Is there still any possibility to provide further input into the IHSP?

5. What are the Central West LHIN’s next steps in addressing the priorities outlined in the IHSP?


 

1. What is an Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP)?

A. The Central West LHIN is required to prepare an Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP). It sets out local health care priorities and strategies for the three-year period starting April 1, 2007. The IHSP outlines where the Central West LHIN will be focusing its attention and lays out the reasons why the Central West LHIN is taking action in these areas.

We believe that this initial plan provides the framework for planning, building and sustaining an accessible, high-quality, client-focused and responsive local health system.

 

2. How was the IHSP developed?

A. Through an extensive community engagement process, the Central West LHIN listened to members of the public and health service providers to ensure it understood the current circumstances and the needs and priorities of the community. The process involved facilitated discussions with community residents and health service providers, a poll of 602 households, a survey of health service organizations, and an analysis of socio-demographic and health services utilization data.

 

3. What are the top priorities identified in the IHSP?

A. What emerged from the IHSP development process were the following five client priority areas:

• Maternal and Child Services
• Mental Health and Addiction Services
• Palliative/End-of-Life Services
• Rehabilitation Services
• Services for Seniors

These client priorities are complemented by priorities that cut across the health care continuum and include:

• Chronic Disease Prevention and Management
• Primary Care Linkages
• Responsiveness to Cultural Diversity


4. Is there still any possibility to provide further input into the IHSP?

A. The Central West LHIN knows that community engagement is an ongoing process and that our initial 3-Year IHSP is the beginning of a plan that will have to be updated and revised to incorporate the public’s ongoing input and to respond to changing circumstances within the system.

 

5. What are the Central West LHIN’s next steps in addressing the priorities outlined in the IHSP?

A. The Central West LHIN has developed a comprehensive action plan to address the key priority areas outlined in the IHSP. There are a number of common features among the action steps including building on service integration initiatives that are already in place, developing inventories of existing services, establishing tools to support partnerships, and monitoring outcomes.

We will continue to work with health care organizations from across the health care spectrum, including areas that are not funded directly by the LHIN (i.e. Public Health, physician services, provincial and regional networks, disease-specific associations). We will also link with neighbouring LHINs on cross-border issues, ensuring Central West LHIN residents have access to specialized and regional programs.