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21.10.19

Solent NHS Trust partners with IoW to provide mental health services

Solent NHS Trust and the Isle of Wight NHS Trust have partnered to support the provision of mental health services to residents on the Isle of Wight.

The flagship partnership will see Solent and IoW trusts working together to help positively transform the services available across the island. A joint transformation team is set to lead the partnership, which is seen as a way for the two NHS trusts to share ideas and support.

Working in line with goals included in the NHS Long Term Plan, the partnership will look to focus on providing out-of-hospital care, keeping people safe, well and independent in settings at or close to home.

Maggie Oldham, chief executive of 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.

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“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, Solent NHS Trust chief executive, added: “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 both children’s and adults’ mental health services. 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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