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Date: 13 June 2021
The Isle of Wight NHS Trust’s mental health transformation plans are moving ahead, in partnership with Southern Housing Group, with the development of a community-based mental health recovery service for adults with complex mental health needs.
Woodlands, a ten-bed rehabilitation ward based in Wootton, is being converted into a supported community housing scheme to provide wraparound support to help residents to move towards independent living.
The Mental Health Recovery Service will focus on providing the right support to enable people to manage their own mental health conditions and to develop personalised and holistic recovery plans.
This approach supports people on their recovery journey in a positive, proactive way, building on their strengths and supporting them to develop personal goals.
Residents will have practical support with CV writing, budgeting and managing bills and they will be encouraged to build on the therapeutic relationship with their mental health support team, to reinforce positive behaviour to adopt positive social and life skills.
This recovery service will be provided in partnership with Southern Housing Group. Plans are in place for Woodlands to be refurbished by Southern Housing Group from April, to create a homely setting where residents will have fully furnished bedrooms, communal facilities and access to a communal garden; with families, carers and friends able to visit them in a pleasant environment.
The Mental Health Recovery Service will have an emphasis on engaging with people who have the most complex mental health needs and who are hard to reach in our communities on the Isle of Wight; people may be offered accommodation to this service as part of their recovery plan.
This service will also help to facilitate swift and safe discharge from hospital and reach out to and work with people in their own homes and in their local communities.
The Woodlands transformation is a key milestone in the delivery of the Trust’s No wrong door Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Strategy 2020-2025 which builds on foundations laid in the Isle of Wight Health and Care Plan and the Isle of Wight NHS Trust’s overall strategy.