Jenny Candy has been employed as the islands’ dedicated senior mental health and community psychiatric nurse to give people the help they need on the islands, and reduce the number of people being admitted to hospital.
She will work alongside community groups, schools, GPs and businesses to help raise awareness about the support that’s available to islanders, and provide therapeutic services such as talking therapies to enhance the support that is already available.
This is the first time in history that Scillonians have had access to this type of mental health service based on-islands.
People will now only have to travel to the mainland if they need specialist acute mental health support.
Jenny’s post has been jointly commissioned by the Council of the Isles of Scilly and NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group, funded through the Better Care Fund, and is provided by Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CFPT) and Outlook South West.
Councillor Adrian Davis, lead member for adults, said: “We are delighted to welcome Jenny, and know she will make a really valuable contribution to the health and wellbeing of Scillonians.
“We would like to thank residents who worked with the commissioners for their courage, honesty and generosity in describing their experiences which led to this dedicated post.
“The Council of the Isles of Scilly, the NHS, and Healthwatch Isles of Scilly have been working for a long time to secure this service, and we are delighted to see things come to fruition.”
Jenny’s work will ensure that there is a one stop shop approach for people experiencing 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.
She will work with adults with a range of wellbeing concerns, ranging from dementia, anxiety and depression.
Dr Paul Cook, NHS Kernow’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.”