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Retirement of Ian Wadsworth, Assistant Director for Mental Health 22 July 2008

Mr Ian Wadsworth, Assistant Director for Mental Health Services retired on 18th July 2008 after twenty years working for the Department of Health and Social Security.

Ian trained as a psychiatric nurse and came to the Island in 1988 to take up the position of Director of Nursing for Psychiatry. Since this time, he has assisted the Department by taking on various other senior nursing roles, including a period as Director of Nursing at Noble’s Hospital and Chief Nurse for the Island.

Under Ian’s leadership, the Mental Health Service has developed considerably. He has been instrumental in modernising mental health services so that the majority of people with mental health problems are able to live in the community and receive the necessary support and treatment from home. In particular, the transition from providing institution based care at Ballamona Hospital to providing client centred community care. Ian played a pivotal role in a number of key staff developments, including the introduction of clinical grading and more recently the introduction of the Modernisation of Pay Terms and Conditions.

As a measure of Ian’s considerable achievements in developing Mental Health Services in the Isle of Man, Mental Health Services achieved ‘Investor in People’ status in March 2000, and retained accreditation following reassessments. More recently, the service received the highest award from the Investing in People Scheme.

Andrew Swithinbank, Director of Social Services said,

“Ian has made significant progress in developing mental health services in the community, whilst at the same time improving the quality of inpatient services. He has helped our service to support people in their recovery from mental illness - enabling them to re-integrate into the community and live fulfilling lives. We worked well together as Assistant Director colleagues and Ian has been very supportive of me in my role as Director, providing sound and discrete advice.”

David Killip, Chief Executive said,

“Ian has provided excellent service to the Division and has spearheaded the development of a Mental Health Service which we can all be proud of. I wish him all the best for his retirement.”

Ian plans to reignite his hobbies of golf and coarse fishing during his retirement and is looking forward to travelling to his native Yorkshire more regularly to watch his beloved Sheffield United in action.

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