An online service developed by the Isle of Wight Council to provide people with long-term health and social care needs with essential information has received national recognition.
The One Link online service won the Independent Living award at the National eWell-Being Awards 2010, held on Wednesday 16 June 2010 at a ceremony in Leeds.
One Link, was developed by officers from the council’s community services and software development teams as an online ‘one-stop-shop’ for health and wellbeing information. It is a web based tool that supports individuals by providing relevant, timely and up to date information tailored to their needs in a person centred approach known as Information Prescriptions.
The system was set up and funded as one of 20 pilots around the UK, replacing an old system of leaflets, which quickly went out of date and sometimes difficult to access. One Link is designed be accessed by individuals, professionals and relatives, carers or friends of the individual. It can provide details of a single support service or generate a personalised information pack relevant to an individual’s own circumstances.
The council worked closely with representatives from health, social care, the community and voluntary sector to develop the site which had 11,844 page views in the ten months since it was launched and generated over 2000 personalised information packs.
Prior to winning the National e-Well Being Award, Isle of Wight Council’s One Link was used as an example of best practice by the Department of Health in a DVD about prevention and early intervention.
Cllr Roger Mazillius said: “One Link has made a huge difference to the lives of people with long-term health or social needs here on the Island and I am delighted that it has once again been recognised at a national level. It plays an important role in Transforming Social Care, one of the council’s strategic priorities.”
The award was received by David Hogan and Matthew Pattinson of the council’s software development team and Peter Smith, development officer in the community services department.
The National eWell-Being Awards are organised by the UK Centre for Economic and Environmental Development. In the Independent Living category, the Isle of Wight Council was up against NHS Highland, Francis Leckie Associates, Hft (a national charity supporting people with learning disabilities) and Barnsley Borough Council.