• New health plan published for Isle of Wight
  • Island’s NHS trust seeking help from mainland mental health provider
  • Chiefs also want mainland support for hospital services

An integrated trust in special measures is looking to “partner” with another NHS organisation for mental health services, amid a wider move for reconfiguration.

Isle of Wight Trust, which was rated “requires improvement” earlier this month by the Care Quality Commission, wants help from a provider on the mainland to redesign the services.

The trust’s mental healthcare provision has been rated “inadequate” by the CQC since 2017, when it was placed in special measures.

Partnering with a provider to support the trust is one of several aims in a new health and care strategy, published by the island’s NHS and local authority chiefs.

A trust spokesman confirmed it was seeking to partner with an NHS organisation, but he said it was “too early to say what that partnership would look like”.

But the partnership will “help to deliver the improvements that people rightly expect and ensure that the services they rely on are sustainable”, according to the plan.

It goes on to state that community mental health services, which received the worst assessment of all the trust’s services, will be moved away from St Mary’s Hospital so they are “at the heart of the communities they serve”.

According to the CQC, patients using the service could wait “years” for treatment and staff caseloads were higher than the trust’s guidelines.

Meanwhile, the new plan also commits the trust to work with an acute provider on the mainland to “support some of the [trust’s] hospital services”.

Last year, Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group decided to move critical care services to the mainland, but this has not happened yet.

However, the trust spokesman said linking up with a mainland provider related to acute services beyond just critical care.

“There are other medical specialities where partnership working with Southampton and Portsmouth has already proved successful,” the spokesman said.

“We want to do more of it and accelerate the pace at which we establish the partnership.”

The plans for closer integration with the mainland come just after the trust was allocated £48m of capital funding by the government in one of prime minister Boris Johnson’s first announcements.

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