Update on Isle of Wight mental health services published

Healthwatch Report reveals there have been major developments in third sector mental health activity, largely at the behest of people with experience of using services.

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This in from Nikki on behalf Healthwatch Isle of Wight. Ed

When Community Mental Health was identified as a Healthwatch Isle of Wight workplan topic, targeted engagement work began. This took place in various places, to find out more about people’s experience of mental health services.

A range of networking activity took place by the Healthwatch Isle of Wight team to understand how the “whole system” of mental health provision is working at present, and any ways in which it may be changing.

“Working Together – Listening and Recovery in Action”
Healthwatch Isle of Wight aims to put the voice of people using services at the heart of all that it does. The growth of recovery-based activity in the third sector opened up possibilities to work together on a participation event.

Healthwatch Isle of Wight and the Isle of Wight Recovery Partnership therefore held “Working Together – Listening and Recovery in Action” at Newclose Cricket Ground in June 2015.

The task was to explore collaborative working between people who have used mental health services, unpaid carers and professional workers. Presentations and discussion gave an opportunity to exchange ideas and find practical and positive ways forward.

The partnership event at Newclose was an important landmark in the adoption of recovery-based approaches on the Isle of Wight. As intended, most people there had experience of using mental health services. A number of carers and paid workers attended, including service managers.

Recovery focus could lead to positive change
A positive tone of co-operation was set, which promises much for the future. It was notable that a number of service managers attending the unstructured opening session chose to stay to the end, and spoke positively when invited to give their reactions.

People from various agencies voiced optimism that a move to a recovery focus could lead to positive change throughout all services.

Share your experiences
Healthwatch Isle of Wight would urge the public to continue sharing their experiences of local mental health services as they will continue to monitor the services throughout the current period of review and development.

To view the recommendations see the report below. Click on full screen icon to see larger version.

Wednesday, 9th March, 2016 6:59am


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Michael Lilley
I wish to congratulate Healthwatch and celebrate this report. The report highlights a year long collaboration between people with lived experience of mental health issues, carers and people who work in the services which has culminated in the establishment of the My Time Recovery Centre at Quay House in Newport. This was a vision created by the former Isle of Wight Mental Health Association which bequeathed its… Read more »