A dedicated nurse has been brought in to support people on the Isles of Scilly with their mental health concerns in a first-of-its-kind appointment to improve access to care.
Jenny Candy’s post has been commissioned to ensure islanders can get more help closer to home and reduce the number of trips they have to make to the mainland.
“She will make a really valuable contribution to the health and wellbeing of Scillonians”
As the Isles of Scilly’s dedicated senior mental health and community psychiatric nurse, Ms Candy will provide therapy to adults with a range of wellbeing issues including dementia, anxiety and depression.
This is the first time Scillonians have had access to such a service on the islands and will mean they will now only have to travel to the mainland for specialist acute mental health support.
Ms Candy’s post has been jointly commissioned by the Council of the Isles of Scilly and Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group, funded through the Better Care Fund, and is provided by Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Outlook South West.
Adrian Davis, lead council member for adults, commended the residents who had worked with commissioners for their “courage, honesty and generosity in describing their experiences”, which he said had led to the dedicated post being approved.
He added that campaigning for the service had been ongoing for a long time and that he was “delighted” to see it come to fruition.
“We are delighted to welcome Jenny and know she will make a really valuable contribution to the health and wellbeing of Scillonians,” he said.
Ms Candy will provide a “one stop shop approach” for people experience poor mental health or at risk of hitting crisis point.
She will work with colleagues in the health centre, hospital, social care, police and ambulance service, along with key employers to improve people’s emotional wellbeing.
Dr Paul Cook, Kernow CCG’s clinical lead for mental health, said: “I am really pleased that by working together we have been able to secure a dedicated nurse for the Isles of Scilly to support people to manage their mental health and help them avoid reaching crisis point.
“Being able to provide care closer to home and avoid unnecessary lengthy journeys to the mainland for support will have a really positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing,” he added.
The Isles of Scilly are a group of islands located off the Cornish coast, in southwest England, which have a population of around 2,200 people.