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The Health & Social Services Department is responsible to the States of Guernsey, to promote, protect and improve the health and social wellbeing of the people of Guernsey and Alderney.
The Department has a wide mandate delivering a diverse range of services including preventing, diagnosing and treating people with illnesses and disease and caring for them in its hospital services and supporting people in the community, including people with disabilities.
The Department also provides social services, including ensuring the welfare and protection of children and promoting, protecting and improving personal, environmental and public health for residents within Guernsey.
Isle of Man
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) provides a comprehensive range of vital services that contribute to the Isle of Man’s unique quality of life.
These services include:
- General practitioner and dental services
- Community healthcare
- Hospital healthcare
- Mental healthcare
- Social services for adults and children and families
- Specialist off-island care
Since 1948, the Isle of Man has operated a health service where the majority of care is available free when people need it. Some of the Isle of Man’s social care services are also provided free in this way, whereas others are charged for.
The Isle of Man has a well-integrated system when compared to many of its neighbours. The DHSC is a single organisation and is responsible for setting policy funding care, and directly delivering services or, alternatively, commissioning other providers.
The DHSC has a 5 year strategy to improve health and social care services for the people of Isle of Man. The plan focuses on 5 goals:
- Help people to take greater responsibility for their own health
- Deliver more care in the community, closer to people’s homes
- Improve hospital care
- Protect vulnerable people
- Ensure good value care