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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-03889: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 18 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many (a) practicing child and adolescent psychiatrists and (b) vacancies for child and adolescent psychiatrists there have been in each of the last five years.

Answered by: Shona Robison 14 November 2016

Since 2009 the overall CAMHS workforce has increased by 27.7%, to 976.1 Whole Time Equivalent (WTE).

Over the next five years we will be investing £150 million in mental health innovation, including £15 million to support better access to CAMHS.

Information on: a) the number of child and adolescent psychiatrists in post and: b) the number of vacant child and adolescent psychiatrist posts for each of the last five years is published by ISD Scotland and is shown in the following tables.

Table 1. Number (WTE) of child and adolescent psychiatrists in post by NHS Board each year from 30 September 2012 to 30 June 2016.

 

Sep-12

Sep-13

Sep-14

Sep-15

Jun-16

NHSScotland

70.7

73.6

91.0

81.1

82.2

Source: Scottish Workforce Information Standard System (SWISS).

Table 2. Number (WTE) of child and adolescent consultant psychiatrists vacancies by NHS Board each year from 30 September 2012 to 30 June 2016.

 

Sep-12

Sep-13

Sep-14

Sep-15

Jun-16

NHSScotland

1.8

2.0

6.0

8.1

10.5

Source: ISD(M)36c

Notes:

In March 2014 the definition of a vacancy changed to a post which has been cleared for advert after being through the redeployment process (internal or external advert) and remains a vacancy until an individual starts in the post. Prior to this, a vacancy stopped being classified as such at the point when the post was offered to someone and accepted. The impact of this change is a significant increase in the number of reported vacancies.