Isle of Wight NHS Trust

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Isle of Wight NHS Trust
CreatedApril 2012
HeadquartersNewport, Isle of Wight
NHS regionNHS England
TypeAll purpose NHS trust
Budget£160 million
ChairVaughan Thomas
Chief executiveMaggie Oldham

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust is unique in England as it provides physical, mental and ambulance services for the Isle of Wight within the same organisation. It was created in April 2012 following the separation of the provider and commissioner functions within the Isle of Wight PCT.

It runs St Mary's Hospital, Isle of Wight and the Sevenacres mental health unit. Specialised services, such as neurology, are not available on the island.

Hampshire and the Isle of Wight formed a sustainability and transformation plan area in March 2016 with Richard Samuel, the Chief Officer of Fareham and Gosport and South Eastern Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Groups as its leader[1]

Acute care[edit]

In January 2018 the CCG proposed that Isle of Wight patients needing high risk and complex emergency and elective surgery should in future be treated in Portsmouth and Southampton; some outpatient appointments could be conducted remotely.[2] The Trust has established an emergency care hub at the hospital where social workers have joined ambulance crews, mental health teams and district nurses are based together.[3] A helipad was installed in May 2013 to permit rapid transfer to specialist care on the mainland when necessary;[4] the social work service established in the A&E department has been held out as an example to follow, because it has significantly reduced the number of hospital admissions.[5]

It is using the South Central Ambulance Service's computer system for ambulance dispatches to improve the performance of the ambulance service on the island.[6]


It ended 2015/6 in deficit of £8.4 million.[7] In April 2017 it was put into special measures after a Care Quality Commission inspection rated it inadequate, finding "unsafe" mental health services, widespread understaffing and a "subtle culture of bullying".[8] Maggie Oldham, was appointed Chief Executive in May 2017, having performed the same role at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.[9]

It was put in special measures in 2017.[10]

Mental health[edit]

The Sevenacres mental health unit was criticised by CQC inspectors in November 2013 because patients were unclear about their care plans and were not always involved in decisions about their care or treatment.[11]

In November 2014 the Trust established a ‘strategic estates partnership’ with Ryhurst Ltd, a property management company in a deal which could be worth up to £25m, it is planned to rationalise the existing 21 sites over which the Trust operates and have some community care hubs.[12]

My Life a Full Life[edit]

The Isle of Wight NHS is one of the areas selected to pilot Integrated primary and acute care systems under the Five Year Forward View;[13] the scheme is entitled "My Life a Full Life" and involves the Isle of Wight Council, the Clinical Commissioning Group and the local GP collaborative One Wight Health.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The leaders chosen for 41 of England's STPs". Health Service Journal. 30 March 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Health economy to lose critical care services under CCG plans". Health Service Journal. 31 January 2018. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Social workers join care hub". Isle of Wight County Press. 8 November 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  4. ^ "ROYAL OPENING FOR VITAL HELIPAD". Island Echo. 10 November 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Christine's positive impact at Hospital cited as best practice in national CQC report". On the Wight. 3 July 2019. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  6. ^ "'Inadequate' trust teams up with neighbour". Health Service Journal. 31 August 2018. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Analysis: The trusts whose finances fell furthest despite 'urgent action'". Health Service Journal. 2 June 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  8. ^ "'Unsafe' Isle of Wight NHS Trust 'put patients at harm'". BBC. 12 April 2017. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  9. ^ "New chief executive for recent special measures trust". Health Service Journal. 26 April 2017. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  10. ^ "CCG to lose powers by joining commissioning partnership". Health Service Journal. 22 May 2018. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Report criticises mental health unit". Isle of Wight County Press. 10 November 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  12. ^ "Isle of Wight Trust signs estates partnership". Health Service Journal. 25 November 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  13. ^ "NHS chief unveils 29 'vanguard' areas in his new reforms". Independent. 10 March 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  14. ^ "Isle of Wight Trust drops FT bid". Health Service Journal. 7 March 2016. Retrieved 17 April 2016.

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