About Isle of Wight NHS Trust

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust was formally established from 1st April 2012.  The Trust works to the guiding principle of “Quality care for everyone, every time”.  This means that the Trust is focused on maintaining and improving the quality of patient care and providing integrated, accessible services on the Isle of Wight.

The Isle of Wight is the largest off-shore community in England and Wales, with a resident population of approximately 140,000.  This figure doubles in the holiday season with the Island receiving approximately 2.8 million visitors each year.  The Trust provides a unique portfolio of services across acute hospital services, ambulance services, community services and mental health services.  Providing these core elements of the healthcare system in one organisation has provided an unprecedented opportunity to create and deliver truly integrated care.  Operating as a fully integrated provider enables the Trust to deliver more seamless ‘end to end’ care for its patients.

The central hospital site of St Mary's has 242 beds, including children’s wards, maternity and mental health services, and deals with approximately 22,700 inpatient admissions each year.  In addition there are a variety of health clinics and community bases across the Island from which many of the Trust's services are delivered.  In 2013-14 revenue is approximately £160m, for services delivered by a workforce of almost 2,700 (full time equivalent staff).  The Trust is committed to personal development and has strong links with Southampton, Portsmouth and Bournemouth Universities.

The Isle of Wight has a track record of delivery of high quality services, meeting national and local targets, adapting clinical services to meet changing demand and responding to meet local patient needs.  All services have achieved NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) Level 1 accreditation.

The Trust has a track record of improving patient safety and patient experience.  Recent patient surveys have indicated relatively high satisfaction levels with the services provided within inpatient, outpatient and community service areas.  Ten compliments are received for every complaint.

Review of services is on-going from a clinical, financial and sustainability perspective.  There is a continued focus on the development of clinically led and quality focused services to meet the challenges of rising demand and structural changes in the NHS and there is constant exploration of new and innovative ideas and concepts, including looking to NHS and other health care providers to identify best practice and new ways of working to improve and enhance local services.  The Trust is currently focusing on reducing mortality rates, improving rehabilitation services, strengthening community mental health services and improving end of life care.

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust is working towards Foundation Trust status.  As part of this aspiration the Trust is recruiting a membership from the public.  The campaign was launched in March 2013 with the brand ‘keep your NHS local’ and by early October 2013 had recruited 3,500 public members.


If you would like to find our more about NHS Isle of Wight please visit our website at www.iow.nhs.uk or e-mail comms@iow.nhs.uk or speak to our Communications Team on 01983-552003.

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Isle of Wight NHS Trust representative


Mark Price

Mark has been an NHS manager for more than 20 years and worked in London and Lincolnshire before joining the Isle of Wight Healthcare NHS Trust as deputy chief executive in 1997. He was the first director to be jointly appointed by the Island’s Healthcare NHS Trust and Primary Care Trust in 2003 before spending a year on secondment to Portsmouth Hospitals Trust. He then returned to the Island to establish the Isle of Wight NHS Primary Care Trust, launched in October 2006. He now has the post of Foundation Trust Programme Director & Company Secretary for the Isle of Wight NHS Trust.