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New partnership to focus on mental health services on the Isle of Wight

Two organisations are going to work together to try and transform mental health services on the Isle of Wight.

Staff from Solent NHS Trust and Isle of Wight NHS Trust are teaming up for the project to try and bring about positive change across the island.

Officials say there'll be a focus on keeping people safe and providing away from hospital when possible.

Maggie Oldham, Chief Executive at Isle of Wight NHS Trust, said:

“This partnership is great news for our staff, our service users and the wider Isle of Wight community.

“The additional support that Solent NHS Trust brings will help us continue to transform mental health services on the Island and improve outcomes for local people.

“Forming partnerships to support our mental health transformation is a key part of the Isle of Wight Health and Care Plan and will ensure we continue to improve our services.

“There is lots of work to do but we are excited about the future.”

Sue Harriman, Chief Executive at Solent NHS Trust, said:

“We are really excited about the benefits of partnership working to deliver mental health services across the Isle of Wight and working with staff
and local people.

“This is a great opportunity to share best practice, as well as learning, for the benefit of all residents across Hampshire and the Island.

“We have a wealth of experience in providing mental health services to both children and adults.

“We strive to provide our service users with nurturing inpatient wards, with an overall focus of giving great out of hospital care to keep people at, or close to, home where possible.”

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