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Scilly's mental health service 'has 80 users'

The Isles of Scilly's new senior mental health nurse has some 80 users on her books.

Jenny Candy (left) started working as Scilly's on-island practitioner in December 2018 in a post due to last two years.

Speaking at Wednesday's Health & Wellbeing Board meeting, Senior Manager for Services to our Community Aisling Khan said that the new service is already "making great strides”.

Board chairman Cllr Joel Williams said he was very pleased at the positive response.

“I'm greatly encouraged by the numbers accessing the mental health services," he said. "It’s a new service, it’s culturally new to Scilly. It’s something we knew was required but I’m very pleased that the community are making the most of that professional support.”

Aisling responded that there has been a lot of interest in the project from NHS England and the media, saying: "I think there’s going to be a piece on Spotlight because it is a kind of first and really innovative way of delivering mental health services. It’s a kind of one stop shop straddling primary and secondary care." She added that the Board needs to have a conversation about the exit strategy for the post after 2020 as it is "making such a difference in terms of addressing social isolation and minimising people’s need to travel to the mainland".


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