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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-00429: Murdo Fraser (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what work the Minister for Mental Health will carry out regarding child and adolescent mental health waiting times.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 16 June 2016

As part of the £54.1 million package of support announced by the First Minister in January 2016, £4.8 million will be awarded to Healthcare Improvement Scotland to establish a mental health access improvement support team. This team will provide support to boards to improve access to psychological therapies for all ages, including for children and adolescents.

The improvement programme will be delivered by Healthcare Improvement Scotland, with support from NHS education for Scotland to enhance the supply and training of workforce (£24.6 million Scottish Government funding).

The Scottish Government has invested £16.3 million over a six year period to increase the number of psychologists working in specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) with a further £3.5 million committed in 2016.