Mental health services on the Island are “not fit for purpose”, according to Isle of Wight NHS Trust.

Multiple failings within mental health care were highlighted throughout a report by the Care Quality Commission after an inspection which led to the Trust being placed in Special Measures earlier this year.

A report by the Trust has found that community mental health services continue to be a risk, and highlights areas including site environment, supervision and case load as key issues.

There are also major concerns over the Shackleton Ward -its dementia care facility- as the Trust is yet to address the risks it presents and ensure it is an adequate area for patients.

At a meeting held yesterday (Wednesday) four options were outlined, which will be taken to the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to decide which is best:

  1. Do minimum (leave largely as is)
  2. Providing a traditional 10 bed unit
  3. An intensive community team for dementia, with step down beds and sending all people in need of bedded assessment off Island
  4. Re-provide 4 intensive assessment beds in a bespoke unit – separate care environments with ‘swing beds’ for flexibility. The dementia beds being serviced by an intensive community team that would care for people as required wherever their needs could be met.

The Trust has said that after exploring business cases the 4th option would be its preference.

Interim Director of Mental Health, Kevin Bond told Isle of Wight Radio:

“A lot of the environments are very inappropriate for the jobs they do, so a lot more changes need to come to the units. By January we will have made those units safer and the structure safer – and I hope that we’ll have given much clearer messages to the people who use the services and our staff about whats the direction of future travel.”