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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5O-01582: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 6 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to calls for an independent audit of the child and adolescent mental health services in NHS Forth Valley.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 14 December 2017

NHS Forth Valley have engaged with the Mental Health Access Improvement Service Team based within Health Improvement Scotland. which was funded as part of the package of support offered to Boards to improve access to services.

The support offered by the improvement team already includes locally based ISD analysts undertaking analysis and reporting on data within CAMHS and PT services to inform improvements in service provision. Also work undertaken within Forth Valley on a major service review and redesign has seen a new service model introduced. The new model looks to address delays identified in the system, as well as undertaking staff recruitment and working to reduce waiting times.

In terms of working to improve child and adolescent mental health services at a national level we have announced a review of rejected referrals to CAMHS to gather evidence from young people, their families and carers to inform the approach to mental health services. As part of our Mental Health Strategy, we have commenced a national review of Personal and Social Education, including counselling in schools. In addition on the 6 December we announced a £95,000 investment in a Youth Commission on mental health, which will be delivered in partnership between SAMH and Young Scotland.