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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-06175: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 13 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment has been made of introducing mandatory mental health first aid training in the workplace.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 27 January 2017

The Staff Governance Standard for NHSScotland commits all Boards to providing a continuously improving and safe working environment promoting the health and wellbeing of staff, patients and the wider community. The welfare of NHS staff is critically important with every health board is required to have policies in place to comply with national policies on managing health at work which includes mental health and wellbeing. Through monitoring arrangements, we are ensuring that Boards have policies and actions in place to support staff.

There are programmes specifically targeted at workplace settings include Mental Health at Work and Work Positive are provided where workplaces sign up to these programmes.

Between April 2016 to November 2016, Mentally Healthy Workplace (MHW) one day courses were delivered to 418 people and 221 businesses; prior to participants attending these specific courses, they are encouraged to complete an online course which employers are also encouraged to promote as part of their wider mental health awareness activities – between April and November 2016 (which is the first year this online course has been actively promoted to employers), 7921 people have accessed this online resource.

In addition, there has been Mentally Healthy Workplace Training for Trainers (T4T) courses to 34 trainers and 16 businesses which qualifies those attending to deliver the MHW course at a local or business level. Work Positive courses were delivered to 113 people/80 businesses to allow them to use the Work Positive resource in their businesses and identify the work related issues that are causing stress to staff.