Scrutiny Committee for Health and Social Care

Suicide prevention well-being services have been promised by Clare Mosdell, the Isle of Wight councillor in charge of adult social care and public health, at a meeting yesterday (Monday).

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Cllr Mosdell said she would stop -what Cllr Lilley described as-

“The practice that has been going on -of around £250,000 being used out of the public health budget, to subsidise our leisure services, instead of going into real outcomes for suicide prevention.”

Cllr John Nicholson chaired the Scrutiny Committee for health and social care which took place in County Hall, yesterday evening (Monday).

The Island’s Suicide Strategy was deemed “not fit for purpose” by some councillors on the board, who asked:

“Are you looking in the new budget in 2021 at [suicide] prevention..?”

Cllr Mosdell said:

“Yes, the  money that would have gone into leisure will actually go into [suicide] well-being services.”

The Isle of Wight Council’s final budget is due to be released in January.

As previously reported, the Isle of Wight NHS Trust has been chosen by the Prime Minister for a cash injection of £48 million to “re-design acute services”

In the recent Inspection Report, mental health services remained inadequate.

Cllr Michael Lilley said:

“We have a suicide crisis on this Island… How are we going to deal with the now?”

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

“I would like to start by making an apology to residents of the Island and those who use our mental health services. There’s no one more disappointed than me.

“I would like to stress the CQC cannot criticise our recovery plans, all the plans we have put in place are starting to bear positive results”.

The Trust is reportedly working with mainland partners to improve the rating of mental health services on the Island. The CCG is too working closely with the Trust which is having “positive” results.

Lesley Stevens, Director of Mental Health at the Isle of Wight NHS Trust said:

“We are really disappointed [with the result]… there were concerns with the Shakleton Ward. over workforce and concerns regarding the ability to deliver safe care plans for those on the ward”.

As reported, the Shackleton Ward has now closed.

Lesley added:

“We need to do more, for carers and their loved-ones…Dementia care is being given on the mainland as an immediate result- trying to develop an outreach service to avoid the need for emission. In the long term, we want dementia care to be integrated across the health and social care sector.”

Some reasons mentioned by the Trust behind its inadequate rating for mental health services on the Isle of Wight:

  1. The caseload is too big for the mental health care team across the Island- however, the new mental well-being service Isorropia has helped improve things.
  2. There are long waiting lists for things such as group and psychological therapy.

The Scrutiny Committee also heard a case whereby, over a weekend, a single parent called on a mental health provider – to say she was planning to commit suicide. She was reportedly asked to call back on Monday as there was no weekend cover available.